Stonecircle Celtic Band
Celtic Fusion from Utah Canyons
The Winter Solstice, for me, is a bit of a spiritual escape from the commercialism of Christmas. I connect with my core, my true presence, the dawn of existence. It seems to take me back to my ancients. Every year, this feeling gets stronger in me, perhaps as I become closer to the destiny from which I evolved. I know more, the less I wonder about it.
Something about the music of Stonecircle enhances this whole experience. While the members of the band are mostly American, their music is most definitely of no place, every place. Maybe it is my own Irish roots, or perhaps my Native American roots, or a combination of both, that connect me so deeply to the music of Stonecircle.
I understand it. I feel it. It does not make me feel different, only moreso of what I already experience in the now, in truth. I can laugh and cry, no matter.
The sound of Stonecircle is indeed circular, in that it connects one to the feeling of connection with ancestors, yet it has a modern feel as well. The music is a catalyst for the old soul.
My Christmas gift to you is Stonecircle. My gift to them is this lens. May you find each other in peace and harmony, and in Celtic Fusion.
Down by the Sally Garden
A review from Celtic MP3's Music Magazine
Stonecircle is five-piece band from Utah performing modern Celtic music that is both light and mystical, uplifting and haunting. They seamlessly mix original Celtic songs with traditional music in much the same way as you'd hear Loreena McKennit do the same.
They seem to have a fondness for W.B. Yeats as they have a couple Yeat's songs in their list of music. They beautifully perform Yeat's "Down by the Sally Gardens" with an almost opera-like beauty, but with eloquent simplicity. I love this song in general, but hearing thier version makes me want to redo ours. It's fantastic. Slow, subtle and magical.
Buy Stonecircle CD's
Ye Pirate Review
Git down to the funky Utah Celtic beat!
Stonecircle is the best Celtic band you've never heard. Based in Utah, the band has gone through numerous personnel changes but manages to retain its unique sound thanks to the continued presence of founder and arranger George Schoemaker. The sound is unlike any other band I know—rich Celtic folk with lyrics inspired by W.B. Yeats and classical mythology, fused together with a sweet soprano. Their 1997 debut album, Serendipity, would please all but the most hardened Celtic music fan. You can listen to tracks or buy albums directly from their Web site, www.stonecirclemusic.com.
Stonecircle advertises itself as a "Celtic music" band, but its influences run the gamut from traditional jigs and reels to Child ballads, Greek mythology, and the poetry of W.B. Yeats.
From Now Playing Utah
A little blurb about a band of their own
In addition to performing its own arrangements of traditional tunes from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany, Stonecircle also writes original instrumental and vocal tunes in the Celtic style and performs them with passionate energy and clarity of sound. Stonecircle music is a language of haunting melodies and energetic, driving tunes; the goal of the band has always been to create a musical experience that is exhilarating, ethereal, and beautifully uplifting.
Mary Johnston-Coursey - and Stonecircle Perform
Unique to Stonecircle
According to the band's Website, their music is Celtic Fusion: a "unique sound that fuses jazz, classical, and original material to traditional Celtic-based".
Stonecircle has been performing acoustic Celtic fusion music in the United States since 1993. In addition to performing its own arrangements of traditional tunes from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany, Stonecircle also writes original instrumental and vocal tunes in the Celtic style and performs them with passionate energy and clarity of sound.
The Fanbase Page
Stonecircle is a vibrant, five-piece, Celtic-Fusion band from Salt Lake City, Utah. The goal of the band has always been to create a musical experience that is both ethereal and beautifully uplifting. Stonecircle music is a language of haunting melodies and driving, progressive tune.
Sound off! What do you do to celebrate the change of seasons, or do you?