New Reviews: January 17, 2003

Reviews by Matthew J. Forss

Bending Tradition
Emerald Rose
Independent Release

Emerald Rose plays incredible Celtic folk rock music on their 2000 re-release of Bending Tradition. Emerald Rose plays excellent instrumental jigs and tunes accompanied by beautiful vocals. Emerald Rose is Logan Sullivan (lead guitar), Arthur Hinds (bodhran & acoustic guitar), Larry Morris (keyboards & tin-whistles) and Clyde Gilbert (bass & percussion). Surprisingly, Bending Tradition does not stray far from their Celtic folk heritage. An essential album of Celtic folk music!

Matthew J. Forss is currently a full-time student at Lakeland College-Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He is majoring in Biology and German Language/Culture. Since 1998, he has collected numerous musical instruments and CDs from around the world. Also in 1998, he wrote a paper on Mongolian Ethnomusicology, titled: How Does Music Play An Important Role In The Life And Culture Of Mongolia? Currently, he has collected over 100 CDs that represent dozens of different countries. His general interests include ethnomusicology journalism and researching the traditional/contemporary ethnic music of various cultures from around the world. His specific, geographic areas of study include the traditional and popular music from Central Eurasia (especially Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.) In November of 2000, he accepted the position of writing world music CD reviews for this site.