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‘While Rome Burns’ - Bellevue Rendezvous - no limitations to their inventive expression

(May 23, 2017)

From the success of ‘Salamander’, Bellevue Rendezvous have grown and matured their sound into the fascination of ‘While Rome Burns’. Once more there are no limitations applied to their inventive expression. Their music sweeps and soars from realms of invention into universes of While Rome Burns front coverfantasy, mixing and blending rhythms and melodies into a filigree of influence reaching through Galicia, Norway, Sweden, Romania and Scotland among others.

The tracery of this music is spun through the interplay between fiddle, citern, guitar and nyckelharpa (traditional Swedish toned keyed fiddle) to create something that is distinct, different, and completely absorbing in its reach and compass. They open with ‘Smoke and Mirrors/ Mozaik’, which perfectly positions what you’re about to hear, it also lays down a subtle seduction that draws you into this remarkable music. From there, ‘Hvit Marsj’ offers its evocative beauty, the exuberance of ‘Pirsta/ Onga Bucharesti’ unerringly pulls all into its embrace as does the enveloping ‘Piping The Fish/ Source of the Spey/ The Unicorn’, before the widening scope of ‘Nero’s/ The European Dream’.

‘While Rome Burns’ releases on 1st June and will do yourself a considerable service if you go out and buy a copy. Bellevue Rendezvous are Gavin Marwick (fiddle) Cameron Robson (cittern, guitar) and Ruth Morris (nyckelharpa).

Website: www.bvrz.co.uk

Review: Tim Carroll

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