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"To this reviewer, the boys in Emerald Rose haven't just bent tradition -- they've contributed to it". -- Carl McColman, New Leaf Distributors

"What must have begun as a pagan garage band has matured into an accomplished ensemble...The future looks promising for this group."
-Tim Hoke, Green Man Review (www.greenmanreview.com)

"Blending Celtic styles with folk roots and strong pagan inclinations, the four gentlemen in Emerald Rose infuse a variety of songs, from jigs to rock covers, with an infectious, grounding stride....Emerald Rose's mix of traditional and original music is perhaps the band's most notable hallmark. Popular and festive, this American Celtic music makes fine company for Spring months - and beyond!" -MTB on Bending Tradition in NAPRA Review, www.napra.com

"With such song titles as 'Vampire Girl from [the Planet] Orn' and 'Never Underestimate (a Woman with the Goddess in her Eyes)', it's no surprise to learn theat Emerald Rose draws crowds at fantasy and science fiction conventions...you'll whoop and giggle, just like their live audience, through many of these numbers." -AB on Fire In The Head in NAPRA Review, www.napra.com

"Frankly, Emerald Rose rocks. The band (a standard four-piece of two guitars, bass, and drums, with a few arcane instrumental adds like bodhran and pennywhistle) is talented; they remind me a lot of Tempest, but where Tempest has occasionally sounded stilted or forced, Emerald Rose is relaxed, quick, and spontaneous. Isn't it nice to discover the exceptions? The rare live CD that doesn't suck. Far beyond that, in fact, it rocks, catching the infectious sound of Atlanta-based rockers Emerald Rose at their best, funniest, and most incendiary.
Emerald Rose - Fire In The Head Ranked # 4 Daily Vault - Top Ten CDs of 2002

"... The stuff just SINGS to me and reaches the core of my soul - this music is GREAT, and this band, EMERALD ROSE, have got this stuff down!" - George Koumantzelis of AEOLIAN KID & TRUE AGE

"Emerald Rose is simply Celtic Diversity at its finest! " - Ronnie Dannelly, review at Celtic Cafe

"Theirs is a seamless blending of the traditional music I love with music which speaks to my spirituality. The CD I purchased from them at that event is a treasured possession...It is often hard to tell where the fresh arrangements of traditional music stop and the new compositions begin. Musically and lyrically the new material is very consistent with the tradtional songs which are the mainstay of any Celtic band." - Andi, from "Out of the Shadows" at www.daytonpagans.net/oots

Emerald Rose once again brings listeners their enthusiastic fusion of traditional Celtic and pro-pagan original music, and fans of their earlier self-titled release will be glad they have. On a serious note, one of the album's most powerful songs is "Freya Shakti," a chant honoring many aspects of the goddess. It is a moving tribute, and one likely to get their audience reaching for repeat play. There are a couple of covers -- some beautiful vocal harmonies on "Come by the Hills," for example. Yet the majority of the selections are composed by bandmembers Arthur Hinds and Larry Morris, with input from co-performers Brian Sullivan and Claude Gilbert as well. And the results are exuberant, entertaining, and fun. These guys rock Celtic. So for listeners who value Celtic music performed from a positive pagan viewpoint, Bending Tradition is highly recommended.

- Murrday Fisher, All Music Guide, review of "Bending Tradition"

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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