Metalworks Magazine, Ireland
Dvorets Molodezhi, St. Petersburg, Russia
16th March 2002
On the day of this gig, a great variety of people, from Metal-fans to
folk-fans, were gathered in the venue - not a common sight!
Due to a problem with the electricity, the show began an hour and a
half late, with the crowd chanting ‘Cruachan, Cruachan’.
John O'Fathaigh ran out with a Russian flag and a sword, and the band
appeared. All throughout the
concert, John was swinging the sword, whenever he wasn’t playing his
flutes or whistles and he and Keith Fay were both wearing traditional Celtic
After an intro, we heard songs from all three albums.
Keith dedicated the song “Bloody Sunday” to St. Petersburg (in
our history, there is also a ‘Bloody Sunday’!). My
favourite song from “The Middle Kingdom”, "Is Fuair an Chroí",
was also among the songs aired, with an absolutely amazing vocal duet from
Karen Gilligan and Keith.
through the gig, Karen left the stage and Cruachan played the heavy
song, “To Invoke the Horned God”. When
she returned, we heard the fantastic ballad “Ride On”.
The crowd sang along with Karen and Keith on this song (as well as on
the aforementioned “Is Fuair an Chroí").
Keith often talked with the crowd and, at one stage, he threw some
CDs from the stage and what seemed like a battle began!
After a while, they played “Unstabled”, “Ossian’s Return” and
“The Children of Lir”. My
favourite songs tonight were the ballads with Karen's slow singing, although
Keith’s brutal vocals were also very good.
This very bright and memorable gig ended with “Sauron”, from the
“Ride On” single and, overall, Cruachan presented themselves as very
professional musicians, and also as very good people!
I hope we see Cruachan here again… perhaps next St. Patrick’s day,
with Waylander and Primordial…