A flickering campfire, deep in the woods...shadowy figures leaping
and dancing around and around it. Music from the fringes of your
experience comes drifting through the trees, bearing the scent of
exotic incense and half-remembered glimpses of ancient rituals and
celebrations. The glimmer of silver and magical jewels, the rustle
of velvets and laces...the lilt of strange, beautiful songs, telling
of forbidden loves, ancient goddesses, distant seas. Now the music
breaks into a lively, sinuous dance, and lithe figures dart and
caper through the air...Unbidden, you are drawn closer, and your
body begins to move with the beat...
Some say that
a brief doorway to such places is opened when The Veil plays.
Celtic cohorts Mark Ungar and Deirdre McCarthy had
spent years exploring and performing Irish and English folk music,
working not only in a traditional acoustic context but also syncretizing
the old sounds with the electric textures of rock. In The Veil,
they are assimilating new influences and instruments while retaining
their Celtic and rock roots. They decided to pursue a project in
which music suitable for a ritual situation would be created, music
which would summon and harmonize energies and allow listeners to
reach an exalted state. Shortly thereafter, they met M....
Kovats brings her prolific and prophetic writing skills to
the mix and a mesmeric, evocative narrative voice to the recordings.
A member of a caste of poets from a far planet, she has brought
her talents to our own for an extended stay. An adept at the lost
art of Writing with Ink, her lyrics provide a matrix around which
the members of The Veil weave their sensual vibrations.
Mark Ungar utilizes the droning, sonorous qualities of a 95-year-old
mandocello named "Grampa" to provide both bass grooves
and melody, as well as bass, electric and acoustic guitars, electric
sitar, mandola, plectrum banjo, and vocals. Percussionist Deirdre
McCarthy, long a respected player of the traditional Irish drum
the bodhran, has been steadily incorporating a variety of other
instruments into her kit, including doumbek, ashiko, tupan and bomba
leguera. Deirdre also sings lead and harmony vocals, including
lyrics in Slavonic and melodies gleaned from the liturgy of the
Russian Byzantine Catholic church.
Irwin lends his expertise on drum kit to the mix, and Cat
Taylor adds her sinuous electric violin to several tracks.