Potted Biography (Courtesy of the Artistís site, 2005).
PLUS 'Words of Wisdom'
Highland music is recognised world wide as a unique treasure and Wolfstone, the shining jewel in its crown. From its birth in 1989 the band has followed its very own Highland roots and delivered the passion that is contained within them onto the international stage. On one long roller coaster ride they have taken themselves from the village halls of Scotland through to headlining major festivals across Europe, Canada and from the West to the East Coasts of America, playing to audiences in excess of 60,000.
In the 10 years between 1991 and 2001, Wolfstone has released seven highly acclaimed albums, all of which encapsulate the unique and vibrant sound of their New Highland Music.
Wolfstone draw from the very foundations of Highland music, wild tunes,
beautiful airs and powerful songs and the unique blend of guitars, fiddle, bagpipes and pulsating percussion combined with a dynamic stage presence, are all well-known hallmarks of the band. These qualities, combined with the release in April 2002 of an exciting new album, 'Almost An Island', their first studio album on their own label, 'Once Bitten Records', have undoubtedly heralded a new and explosive 'Celtic World' music phase for 2002 and beyond. The title of the new Album comes from a poster in a bar on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in the Highland Region of Scotland where the first recordings of 'Almost An Island' were made. It conveys independence to express their music and freedom to march onward into the new Century.
With a very well established and loyal fan base world wide, many new fans
are now discovering Wolfstone and their New Highland music as the band travels extensively to perform. Future performances are assured at major festivals and venues throughout the United Kingdom, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the USA and many more countries worldwide.
Words of Wisdom.
Over the course of nine years, Wolfstone dragged Scottish music -- sometimes kicking and screaming, but always quite loudly -- into the world of rock. They were loud and proud and transferred Seattle's grunge ethic from the Pacific Northwest to the Highlands, applying it to both traditional and their original music. It all began when fiddler Duncan Chisholm put together a ceilidh band to play dances in the Highlands, adding pipes and bass and drums into the mix -- a combination that was well-received. Along with original bassist David Foster, Chisholm brought in Stuart Eaglesham on guitars, his brother Struan Eaglesham on keyboards, and the guitarist/songwriter Ivan Drever to round out the lineup.
The group's 1991 debut, Unleashed, proved to be the biggest seller ever for tiny Iona Records, garnering the band a silver disc (two earlier collections, Wolfstone I and Wolfstone II, circulated once the band became famous. However, they distanced themselves from the material, recorded in their very formative stages). A year later they issued The Chase and took their more developed sound international, with a more refined mix of blazing instrumentals grounded by the heavy rhythm section and Drever's songs, including "The Prophet" and "Tinnie Run." They played around Europe and made their first foray to America, a place they'd visit several times over the next few years. Wolfstone: Captured Alive Video, a video of their live show from the period, illustrates the power of their performances -- not too subtle, but able to get to the masses.
1994 brought two U.S. releases, Wolfstone and the massive Year of the Dog, which had plenty of crunch on songs like "The Sea King." It also introduced two new members, Wayne MacKenzie on bass, and Steve Saint on pipes. It made them into even more of a rock band, and producer Phil Cunningham let the guitars ring loud and distorted. The Half Tail, two years later, had a richer, slicker sound, with one utter standout piece, "Bonnie Ship the Diamond." It put a new stamp on Scots music. Unfortunately, the stamp peeled just a year later, thanks in large part to problems with the record company and management squabbles. However, that was far from the end of the story. Drever and Chisholm worked together, and 1998 and 1999 both brought new Wolfstone albums, This Strange Place and Seven (the first reportedly a contract-filler), following on from a best-of set. While the band has played occasional shows since, they've not gotten back together
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