Ghostly Tales- Mark Vine The Dolmen, Lyricist and writer
If you are of a certain age, Spriggan Mist are one of those bands that make you think of your misspent youth. Those formative years that, given the choice, you would not have spent in any other way than you did.
Those far off heady days of the late 1960s and early 1970s when it wasn't frowned upon or thought weird or out of vogue to talk about and, Gods forbid, even sing and write songs about, old English culture.
And this lot do it unashamedly, with gusto and, not a small amount of panache. From first to last, you just know that they believe in what they are doing and want you to believe in it too. And you will.
A Spriggan Mist album will transport you to that netherworld where fact meets myth and somewhere in between those two hazy domains, wonderful old stories are given precious new life.
Witches, highwaymen, old Pagan deities and beings sit comfortably together on their latest offering, 'Ghostly Tales', bathed in the easy, professionally packaged musical world provided for them by this up and coming Berkshire band.
The vocals are mainly provided by husband and wife team, bass player Baz and guitarist, Max Cilia and their endearing, differing vocal styles swap effortlessly from song to song.
The cover forewarns you of what's on offer. The ghostly silhouette of aReview of the new Spriggan Mist album, 'Ghostly Tales'.
highwayman stands waiting for his quarry on a dark, misty night as the full moon rises to give him form and you just know that other 'creatures of the night' are standing in line behind him, ready to take their musical bow as this excellent album unfolds.
“A Spriggan Mist album will transport you to that netherworld where fact meets myth and somewhere in between those two hazy domains, wonderful old stories are given precious new life. “
Quote from Mark Vine
A REVIEW OF SPRIGGAN MIST LIVE AT THE 4 PLAY PROG FESTIVAL BY NEIL MACH
“We love the folk traditions that swirl within their songs. And we could also hear calypso and even ska rhythms in some of their numbers.
These sounds, helped along by a squirt of sax from Max, or some bravely slapping bass-notes from Baz, reminded us that Kate Bush experimented with exotic rhythms just like these on her album “The Kick Inside”
Our favourite song was the sexily bubbling tune about Mermaids titled “Secrets” – this was a slinky vortex. Dangerously hypnotic!