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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Celtic Folk Rock Band Tempest Release New Record The Tracks We Leave

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 11:13 AM

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For nearly 30 years, Leif Sorbye and his band of Celtic warriors have played all over the greater United States and become one of the most consistent draws in the Celtic Rock scene. The Tracks We Leave comes a full five years after the band's last release on the Magna Carta label, home to such disparate acts as Bozzio/Levin Stevens, Kansas, Ethan Brosh, Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), and countless others. Sorbye's group, Tempest, are the longest-running band on the label and have been releasing albums since the stellar 1996 full-length Turn Of The Wheel.

The band is a veritable headliner on the East Coast, Midwest, West Coast, and virtually every other nook and crannie in the 50 states. It just got back recently from a successful round of East Coast dates and are ready to ignite the masses with its timely yet extremely catchy brand of Celtic fare. The new album finds the band at the top of its game with standout tracks like the fiddle-driven “Rantin' Rovin' Robin'" and the wonderful flute musings found on “Ganesh.” The band has drawn many comparisons to Jethro Tull but, upon repeated listen, it's obvious this band has much greater ties and reverence to Celtic culture.

Greg Jones is a force to be reckoned with on guitar and longtime drummer, Adolfo Lazo, only gets better with each and every release. Other highlights include the appropriately named “September Jig” that is sure to incite dancing frenzies everywhere and the well-crafted “The Brown Coffin,” perhaps the band's finest moment.

Tempest plays a July 4th celebration a July 4th celebration aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda as well as a triumphant return to its stomping grounds in Pleasanton to play the 150th Annual Scottish Celebration on Sept. 5 and 6. pick up this delicious 11-song platter (features the bonus track “Surfing To Mecca”) in the interim.
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