Projects & Collaborations
Norwegian-Scottish Roots to New Acoustic Music
Kerstin Blodig (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán) & Ian Melrose (guitar, vocals, whistles, seljefløyte)
A voice as clear as water from the Norwegian fjords, a whistle like a breath of mist over the Scottish highlands and two beautifully harmonising and groovy guitars. Kelpie is two internationally renowned solo artists in their acclaimed duo project.
Flowing arrangements of ballads concerning Trolls, Kelpies and other water-spirits, driving up-tempo reels and hallings with plenty of room for spontaneous ideas and improvisation.
Manfred Leuchter, the ethno-jazz accordion virtuoso with Arabian touch, und Ian Melrose, one of the most prolific guitarists in the Celtic- and fingerstyle genres, create a new musical fusion:
World Accordion meets Fingerstyle Guitar
From Bach to Bagdad: Die rich musical experience of these two players melts into an intense mixture: emotional, virtuoso and fascinating.
A new project consisting of three internationally renowned finger style guitarists: Soïg Sibéril (Bretagne), Dylan Fowler (Wales) und Ian Melrose (Scotland). They celebrate their Celtic roots in a unique music, which draws from different Celtic traditions and other genres. They are currently recording a debut CD, which will be released by the German label Acoustic Music Records in the autumn of 2015.
One Instrument – the guitar, but four different styles: jazz, flamenco, classical and fingerstyle.
Hear one of the most popular instruments of our time played by four masters of their craft – a very special concert experience. Listen to solo, duo and quartet performances, which display the different styles but then also merge them into a unique soundscape.
With all members being virtuoso multi-instrumentalists, the palette of sounds explores the timeless acoustic charm of harp, guitar, piano, whistles, dobro, mandolin, drums and percussion.
All of this potent creative ability is there to serve the song, the feel, the message: ballads of life, love and death, of moon and sea, ebb and flow, of transcending man-made inhibitions and boundaries, of ancient powers …..carried by the beautifully crafted arrangements, the layered vocal harmonies and the ethereal, soaring lead vocals of Kerstin Blodig. “Power of the Moon” is sometimes minimalist and hypnotic, sometimes effervescent and surging. It is music for the soul.