Closer To The Flame

by The Rain Garden

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A classic atmospheric album of world music fusion.
Re-issued on CD for the first time, a huge array of instruments weave a path through many different styles - Indian, jazz, Celtic, Balkan, ambient, improvised music and more. Throughout is the powerful atmosphere that defined The Rain Garden sound.

The Rain Garden, now in 4 piece (and occasionally 5 piece) mode. Percussionist Sudha Kheterpal (now with pop band Faithless) adding a more solid percussive base to the groups sound and freeing the others to roam on a wider range of instruments. The whole session had a refreshingly exploratory feel as ideas were freely exchanged and tired out.

The musicians gathered in an Mary's attik studio and over the course of several days produced some extrordinary music.

There was a real creative freshness on this album. New ideas were flowing back and forth and the improvisations were especially stunning. The album feels at times like a sacred ritual.

credits

released May 12, 1992

Chris Conway - keyboards, acoustic 10 string & electric 9 string guitars, flute, bamboo flute, laud, voice, zither, qen, double bass, kalimba, tin whistle & horn.

Carl Peberdy - sitar, tabla, bamboo & tin whistles, hammer dulcimer, lyrebec, bodhran, voice, zither, qen, naal, bamboo & brass horns, swanny whistle.

Mary Browne - voice, percussion, alto saxophone, keyboards, tin whistle, tanpura

Sudha Kheterpal - Morrocan drums, naal, piping, tabla, kalimba, zither, swoosh, matches

Dave Everitt - double bass, tin whistle - 4, 5, 6, 11

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