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Alan Klitgaard - Regnens Harpe (The Rain’s Harp) > GO releases  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
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Alan Klitgaard sings poems about Ireland by Halfdan Rasmussen og Ib Spang Olsens

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The Rain's Harp
The singer Alan Klitgaard first entered the stage in the late '60s as lead singer of Paddy Doyles, a band which was in great demand up through the '70s, made a number of albums of mainly Irish and Scottish songs, and, 46 years later, is still active.
But urged by friends like Alex Campbell and Dick Gaughan, Alan Klitgaard decided to try out what he had learned, on our own traditional Danish ballads and in 1978 released the album Ebbe, Dagmar, Svend and Alan accompanied by the musicians of legendary Five Hand Reel - including Dick Gaughan, who also makes an appearance here.
Having no intention to flood the market, it might well have been his last, if it hadn't been for a chance meeting with The Rain's Harp, a collection of 21 poems, inspired by Ireland and the Irish, beautifully written, and masterfully illustrated. It was a challenge which could not be ignored, and so he decided to double his output of solo recordings.
And no doubt a contributory factor was that he, after more than 30 years with DR - the national Danish radio - as a presenter and producer, and as midwife at the recording and release of more than 30 albums, felt a need to realize some of his own ideas while there was still time.

The songs are written by Halfdan Rasmussen, a great poet and a master craftsman. In 1958 he and his friend and illustrator, graphic artist Ib Spang Olsen, decided to take a trip to Ireland, and The Rain's Harp is inspired by their visit to Galway and Connemara, though it wasn't until 30 years later that their book was published.
The poems and drawings, and the memoirs of Ib Spang Olsen, reveal that "a good time was had by all". The two obviously took to the people, but, coming from little, snug and well ordered Denmark, were also shaken by the living conditions they met, and by the dominating influence of the church. It was a time where cows with thrombosis definately outnumbered celtic tigers

The music had to be provided, for even though Halfdan Rasmussen is well known by young and old in Denmark for his wonderful songs and rhymes, The Rain's Harp is not a songbook. It's a book of poems with all the changes in rhytms and meters that a master craftsman use to make them dynamic and vigourous, and the meters are the "classic Danish ones".
Still we wanted music with an Irish touch, and most of the tunes are based on a couple af bars, a theme or just an interval from traditional Irish music.
And that's how Alan Klitgaard and guitarist Rasmus Zeeberg cooperated in reaching their goal of 21 melodius and singable tunes.
Sure The Rain's Harp is not folk music, and certainly not traditional music, but the singing follows the maxim of the tradition, "the song rather than the singer".

The musicians next involved, bassist Steffan Sørensen and pianist Palle Hjorth, showed up in the studio with so much enthusiasm and so much skill, that all the ideas soon were turned into realities. It wasn't done in a day, but the very first day showed that it would work.
And then came the contributions from a score of fine musicians, from here, and from Dick Gaughan and the great Andy May of Newcastle abroad.
And in Alan Klitgaard's words: "It has been a very, very long journey, but what a satisfaction it is to have finally come home."


Alan Klitgaard (sang)
Rasmus Zeeberg (guitar, tenorguitar, mandolin)
Palle Hjorth (piano, hammondorgel)
Steffan S. Sørensen (bas, violin

Guests:
Andy May(low whistles, uillean pipes)
Hans Mydtskov(barytonsax, tenorsax)
Rosamelia Avila Andersen (harpe)
Dick Gaughan(guitar)
Klaus Thrane(percussion)
Jakob Holdensen( flygelhorn)
Jonas Laursen(percussion)
Jesper Andersen(percussion)
Storm Kleist(trombone)
Sonnich Lydom(mundharpe)
Esben Laursen(dobro, mandolin, banjo).

Tracks
1. Rejsende.........................................................3.13
2. Erin................................................................2.05
3. Aftenmesse / Kort Dialog..............................2.53
4. Pub.................................................................2.22
5. Tørst...............................................................1.57
6. Ikke skriftkyndig............................................2.23
7. Gammel ungkarl............................................0.44
8. Skygger...........................................................1.52
9. Man kalder det...............................................1.44
10. Bill..................................................................1.53
11. Bjerget............................................................2.31
12. Sort tro...........................................................2.33
13. Gravlund........................................................2.55
14. Inach Inn........................................................3.03
15. Hellig ko........................................................2.28
16. Anglers Hotel.................................................3.07
17. Sneglesommer................................................1.57
18. Altergang........................................................1.42
19. Aften..............................................................1.08
20. Cleggan..........................................................1.35

Alan Klitgaard
GO Danish Folk Music


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