Ulrich Mines Rich Lode of Folk Music in Current Release

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"Enter The Mysterium," the new album from Peter Ulrich, is firmly rooted in folk traditions.

City Canyons Records' newest release Peter Ulrich's "Enter The Mysterium," goes deeper into the very roots of folk music than most music that styles itself as "folk."

The folk influences in "Enter The Mysterium," by the former percussionist for Dead Can Dance are diverse, ranging from the mid-Eastern influences of "Another Day," the native American influences of "Kakatak Tamai" to the remarkable "The Witchbottle of Suffolk'" which takes as its subject matter the medieval English folklore tradition of making "witchbottles" to ward off evil spells.

What makes Ulrich's folk-based work ring particularly true are the richly varied and authentic instruments that he uses to evoke the appropriate atmosphere for each of the songs on "Enter The Mysterium." These instruments, in addition to more commonly employed instruments, include the yang ch'in (hammered dulcimer), oboe d'amore, baroque/renaissance recorder, bamboo flute, Andean wood flute as well as percussion instruments such as the djembe, talking drum, hand drum, Chinese wood drum and Chinese cymbals. At times, in such songs as "The Scryer and the Shewstone" Ulrich's approach to folk is reminiscent of one of his major influences, Philip Pickett of the New London Consort, who is known for employing authentic instruments to present interesting and dramatic renditions of early European music.

Peter Ulrich's "Enter The Mysterium," is presently available in North America at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterulrich), at the City Canyons Records Website (http://www.citycanyons.com/ccstore.html), in Australia and New Zealand at Indie-CDs.com (http://www.indie-cds.com) and soon at record stores throughout the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The album is also sold under the Words and Music imprint in Europe where it is available on the Super Audio CD (SACD) format.


Trebor Lloyd




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