Header

MASQUE

The Morrigan

Prog Folk


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Morrigan Masque album cover
3.56 | 7 ratings | 4 reviews | 29% 5 stars

Write a review
Buy THE MORRIGAN Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Masque (5:46)
...a) When the Winter Came
...b) Always Winter, Never Christmas
...c) The Boar's Head Carol
...d) Bransles
2. Dever the Dancer (4:46)
3. Blarney Pilgrim (7:56)
...a) Young Ryan's
...b) Blarney Pilgrim
...c) Donnybrook Fair
...d) Blarney Pilgrim reprise
4. Moonghost (6:46)
5. Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife (3:18)
6. The Traveller (6:38)
7. Dribbles of Brandy (5:26)
...a) Dribbles of Brandy
...b) The Cyberdance (Revenge of the Windsynth)
8. The Lykewake Dirge (4:40)
9. The Demon Lover (7:43)
10. She Moved through the Fair (7:00)

Total Time: 59:59

Lyrics

Search THE MORRIGAN Masque lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search THE MORRIGAN Masque tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Cathy Alexander / vocals, keyboards, twelve string guitar, recorders, windsynth
- Mervyn B. / vocals, flute, bass guitar
- Dave Lodder / electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass guitar
- Colin Masson / bass guitar, acoustic, electric and classical guitars, keyboards, vocals, trombone
- Arch / drums, Egyptian drums, pads, Roto-toms, tambourine, shaker, beer glass, 2,000 gallon oil tank, vocals

Guest musicians:
- Cliff Eastabrook / acoustic and electric bass guitars
- Simon Baggs / violins
- Steve Lightfoot / accordion
- Matt Carter / banjo

Releases information

CD Hi-Note Music/English Garden ENG 1021

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to SouthSideoftheSky for the last updates
Edit this entry

THE MORRIGAN MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy THE MORRIGAN Masque Music


By Land Or By SeaBy Land Or By Sea
Folkways Records 2012
Audio CD$13.77
$47.11 (used)
by land or by sea: music in the tradition of the british isles LPby land or by sea: music in the tradition of the british isles LP
FOLKWAYS
Vinyl$12.00 (used)
WreckersWreckers
independent
Audio CD$24.99
$15.99 (used)
Just Tell MeJust Tell Me
CD Baby 2011
Audio CD$9.08
$29.46 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
MORRIGAN - Welcome to Samhain NOCTERNITY ENSLAVED WYRD US $11.90 Buy It Now 4h 48m
Bathory - Blood Fire Death LP (1988) Morrigan - Moonsorrow - Primordial - Venom US $20.50 [6 bids]
19h 37m
MORRIGAN war in paradise CD 4 track featuring throwing it all away, paradise, mi US $9.71 Buy It Now 1 day
MORRIGAN - DIANANNS WHISPER CD PRIMORDIAL ABIGOR MYSTIC CIRCLE US $15.99 Buy It Now 2 days
CRUACHAN "The Morrigan's Call" Japanese +2 Bonus Tracks/OBI (2006) New Import!!! US $9.99 [0 bids]
US $12.99 Buy It Now
2 days
MORRIGAN - HEADCULT CD US $9.90 Buy It Now 2 days
Morrigan-Diananns Whisper CD German Black/Celtic type band. US $8.99 Buy It Now 4 days
BLIZZARD "The Return of.." 7" morrigan nocturnal US $11.12 Buy It Now 4 days
CORPUS CHRISTII "Rising" 2 X LP morrigan emperor US $30.78 Buy It Now 4 days
MORRIGAN "The Damned" CD bathory blizzard US $16.25 Buy It Now 4 days
MORRIGAN "Welcome to Samhain" CD mayhemic truth US $16.25 Buy It Now 4 days
EWIGES REICH "Blutsturm" CD morrigan katharsis US $17.10 Buy It Now 4 days
CRUACHAN THE MORRIGAN'S CALL CD JAPAN OBI OOP MINT NEW 2006 SPIRITUAL BEAST NEW US $19.00 [0 bids]
4 days
L'Alba Di Morrigan - Essence Remains [CD New] US $13.72 Buy It Now 4 days
VOLH - Solemn march into the Ragnarok morrigan wyrd US $8.90 Buy It Now 7 days
Cruachan: The Morrigan's Call CD 2007 Candlelight USA Records CDL343CD NEW US $9.95 Buy It Now 7 days
L'alba Di Morrigan - The Essence Remains NEW CD US $17.26 Buy It Now 7 days
Morrigan / Enter The Sea Of Flames ORG CD Mayhem Burzum Dissection Watain US $29.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Morrigan / Plague, Waste And Death 2nd press CD Mayhem Burzum Dissection Watain US $29.99 Buy It Now 9 days
MORRIGAN The Damned CD bathory blizzard US $11.99 Buy It Now 10 days
NARGAROTH kriegsnebel 2x LP moonblood morrigan burzum marduk satyricon emperor US $65.00 Buy It Now 12 days
DESASTER angelwhore CLEAR LP limit 200 pentacle sabbat mayhemic truth morrigan US $85.00 Buy It Now 13 days
DESASTER satan's soldiers syndicate BLACK LP morrigan abigail sabbat darkthrone US $45.00 Buy It Now 13 days
Morrigan-HeadCult CD The Bathory-influenced spells are beyond the mountain US $8.99 Buy It Now 14 days
L'ALBA DI MORRIGAN - THE ESSENCE REMAINS - NEW CD US $10.71 Buy It Now 14 days
THE MORRIGAN'S CALL - NEW CD US $32.00 Buy It Now 14 days
Morrigan: The Damned CD 2007 Undercover Records Germany UCR CD 055-1 US $9.95 Buy It Now 14 days
THE MORRIGAN - Spirit Of The Soup | RARE Celtic prog psych folk ltd. to 500 LP US $24.98 Buy It Now 14 days
FOLKEARTH - Fatherland FOREFATHER MORRIGAN BATHORY US $9.90 Buy It Now 15 days
L'Alba di Morrigan - The Essence Remains CD Decadent Post Metal!!! US $6.99 Buy It Now 15 days
VOICE OF MORRIGAN - ORGETOS CD US $6.99 Buy It Now 15 days
L'ALBA DI MORRIGAN-THE ESSENCE REMAINS US $4.99 Buy It Now 16 days
CRUACHAN The Morrigan's Call JAPAN CD OBI +2 2006 PROMO US $19.99 Buy It Now 17 days
Morrigan - "Diananns Whisper" LP US $23.00 Buy It Now 19 days
Morrigan-The Damned CD The brand new opus from the German masters of Epic ! US $6.46 Buy It Now 20 days
L'ALBA DI MORRIGAN - ESSENCE REMAINS NEW CD US $22.44 Buy It Now 21 days
L'alba di Morrigan - The Essence Remains CD 2012 post rock atmosphere US $12.95 Buy It Now 21 days
LP Morrigan -- By Land or by Sea -- trad - British Isles-- Folkways US $39.95 Buy It Now 21 days
L'alba Di Morrigan - The Essence Remains NEW CD US $18.91 Buy It Now 23 days
THE TRUE FROST in eternal strife SPLATTER LP moonblood morrigan eternity marduk US $59.99 Buy It Now 23 days
MORRIGAN - Diananns Whisper CD bathory burzum mayhem inquisition marduk US $12.99 Buy It Now 23 days
THE MORRIGAN Rides Out 1990 US $15.37 Buy It Now 24 days
L`ALBA DI MORRIGAN - THE ESSENCE REMAINS - ECHO080 US $19.32 Buy It Now 25 days
BLIZZARD "Fu*k the Universe" CD morrigan abigail desaster US $17.10 Buy It Now 25 days
BLIZZARD "Pure Filth and Mayhem" CD morrigan midnight US $16.25 Buy It Now 25 days
MORRIGAN "Diananns Whisper" CD bathory falkenbach US $17.10 Buy It Now 25 days
IUVENES "Blood,Steel and Temper of Spirit" CD bathory morrigan US $17.10 Buy It Now 25 days
BLIZZARD "Fu*k the Universe" LP morrigan abigail gehennah US $23.09 Buy It Now 25 days
MORRIGAN "The Damned" LP mayhemic truth abigail bathory US $26.51 Buy It Now 25 days
THA - NORR "Wolfenzeitalter" 2 X LP countess morrigan US $30.78 Buy It Now 25 days
WITCHBURNER s/t RED LP LIMIT 200 COPIES desaster cruel force nocturnal morrigan US $45.00 Buy It Now 25 days
L'Alba Di Morrigan - The Essence Remains (NEW CD) US $20.93 Buy It Now 25 days
STORMHEIT - Kvenland Morrigan Bathory Enslaved Taake US $10.90 Buy It Now 25 days
THE MORRIGAN Rides Out UK PRIVATE FOLK ROCK PROG LP US $75.00 Buy It Now 26 days
L'Alba Di Morrigan - Essence Remains CD US $18.56 Buy It Now 26 days
alba Di Morrigan (L) - Essence Remains (Music CD) US $21.79 Buy It Now 28 days
Cruachan - Morrigan's Call The (Music CD) US $18.73 Buy It Now 28 days
Cranky & Morrigan - History One JAPAN 2CD 2003 WAVE-00005-6 - Dojin music Doujin US $26.26 Buy It Now 28 days
Essence Remains - L'Alba Di Morrigan New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $22.74 Buy It Now 28 days

More places to buy THE MORRIGAN music online Buy THE MORRIGAN & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for THE MORRIGAN DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

THE MORRIGAN Masque ratings distribution


3.56
(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
14%
Good, but non-essential (43%)
43%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
14%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

THE MORRIGAN Masque reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars Hidden beauty

Only a couple of years after their previous album, Wreckers, The Morrigan released this album, which was their fourth album overall since their formation in 1984. In some respects Masque can be said to be a continuation of what they did on the previous album, but in other respects it is quite different. Wreckers featured some very good Folk Rock songs, but the band seemed slightly unsure about in which direction they were heading. On Masque they present a more confident and original brand of Celtic/medieval Folk Rock. Like the previous album, this one too alternates between folky ballads and raucous, electrified Celtic dance numbers, but the present album flows a bit better. It also reintroduces some of the progressive aspects that were more evident on the excellent Rides Out album from 1990. This music might perhaps not fit everyone's definition of Prog, but it is certainly not your regular Folk Rock affair.

Steeleye Span and similar bands still seem to be a major influence on The Morrigan but no longer to the degree that the band could be confused with such traditional British Folk Rock bands. The electric guitar sound of Collin Masson often strongly evokes that of Mike Oldfield (this is especially true of the opening track) and Oldfield's music (especially in his folky/Celtic moments) seems to be an influence on the band's music as a whole too. Because of the strong female vocals of Cathy Alexander, Mike's sister Sally Oldfield might be a good reference point as well (think of her Water Bearer album, for example). There are though some quite heavy, rocking parts here as well alternating with the acoustic, folky ballads, but it never rocks as hard as, say, Jethro Tull or Tempest (the US-based Prog Folk band not to be confused with the British Heavy Prog band). Jazz influences might also be detected in some parts. But even though the tempos and styles change, the mood remains basically the same throughout; the music here conveys a rather mellow atmosphere. They never degenerate into merry bar sing-a-longs or straightforward Rock 'N' Roll on this album.

The line-up remains the same with Colin Masson on guitars and vocals, Cathy Alexander on vocals, Mervyn B. on bass, Dave Lodder on guitars and Archie (no last name?) on drums and various percussions. Several members provide backing vocals, keyboards, flutes and other instruments. There are also a few guests on this album including ex-member Cliff Eastabrook on bass and three others adding accordion, violin and banjo respectively. Despite this large array of instruments, the music never comes across as cluttered. The mix between electric and acoustic and between traditional and modern elements is appealing. The songs alternate between female and male lead vocals on different songs which makes the album a bit less coherent than it might have been. The compositions might not be very elaborate standing on their own, but the album is best heard as one piece.

Overall, Masque is an improvement over Wreckers and will probably please Prog-fans more. It is, however, not my personal favourite Morrigan album. Masque is less energetic and rocking compared to the earlier Rides Out album and the subsequent Hidden Agenda.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to SouthSideoftheSky (BETA) | Report this review (#306596) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, October 25, 2010

Review by Conor Fynes
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars 'Masque' - The Morrigan (7/10)

The fourth album by this UK progressive folk band, 'Masque' shows The Morrigan's style developing, if even only a bit. After a strong album with 'Wreckers', the band returns another few years later to give another solid album, this time pushing the traditional Celtic jigs they built the first three albums up upon, and diversifying their catalogue. There's no doubt that 'Masque' is the most progressive album The Morrigan had done up to this point, although not every change the band makes here is for the best.

Although changes have been made, the sound here is still explicitly Morrigan in nature. Still here are the pastoral acoustic guitar segments, soaring traditional vocals of vocalist Cathy Alexander, and the very Celtic vibe that really defines what the band's music is all about. At the sacrifice of the Celtic saturation, there are now greater roots in progressive rock, and even such disparate sounds as Gregorian chant singing and the more martial sounds of neofolk. All of this makes 'Masque' feel like The Morrigan's strongest work when compared the the three that had come earlier, but in terms of the enjoyment factor, it is on par with 'Wreckers'. Gone are much of the energetic recorder-driven jigs that were always very fun to listen to, and authentic feel of the folk elements. Instead, there's something here that hasn't quite been heard from the band before.

'Masque' opens up with its title track, which seems to bring the listener into a sort of prog rock feudal feast hall, with guitars and keyboards blazing with whistles sounding in between. While it may turn some off on first impression, there is also something of a religious vibe that the album gives. Be it through the Latin chants or traditional European spirituals The Morrigan puts to use here, there is a Christian based theme on the album, as first impressions go. However, it is put to a good use here; instead sounding as if it is meant to enhance the feudal sound of the album rather than convert anyone.

Easily the most rock-based Morrigan album I have thus listened to, not to mention the most musically complex and ambitious. While it doesn't have the sort of charm that 'Wreckers' did, it shows the band taking steps in the right direction.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Conor Fynes (BETA) | Report this review (#423736) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
3 stars I had suggested earlier that the MORRIGAN were a superior Celtic rock band if only because they employed a female vocalist without coercing her to levitate in the mists a la ENYA, later CLANNAD, LOREENA MCKENITT, IONA or myriad others. I suppose it was just a matter of time before Cathy Alexander became part of a marketing plan, as she does on "Masque", but we are lucky in two ways: she sings a lot less than normal and her intrinsic value pierces the aforementioned mists often enough.

Another aspect of the group that is evolving is COLIN MASSON's subscription to the MIKE OLDFIELD school of lead guitar, most in evidence on the fascinating title cut with its imposing blend of moods and eras. It also returns on the much weaker "Demon Lover", which sounds nothing like the well known trad song on which it is based, and is none the better for it. Mervyn B hoists the lead microphone on "Moonghost", and it works wonderfully as a part sea shanty part driving prog cut. Cathy Alexander's peak moment is the mysterious "Lykewake Dirge", which is much in the style of a moody STEELEYE SPAN circa "Below the Salt", but even more medieval sounding. The instrumental highlight is "Dribbles of Brandy", which is an exuberant romp that includes brass and accordion and a worthy successor to MOVING HEARTS' and ALAN STIVELL classics from a decade or two earlier. In contrast we must cope with the overdone and half baked "She Moved through the Fair", the lukewarm grasp at mid period RENAISSANCE in "The traveller", or the pleasant but forgettable "Blarney Pilgrim", which clearly fail to leverage the MORRIGAN's clout.

While superior overall to "Wreckers", "Masque" cannot disguise the band's occasional tendency to spread itself a bit too thin as well as choose questionable material or arrangements. Still, it's easily recommended to fans of Celtic rock with progressive leanings.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to kenethlevine (BETA) | Report this review (#1057184) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Latest members reviews

5 stars Extremely beautifu, lyric, gentle and then so strong and progressive. This music captures you and won't let go until it ends. And even after you are in other worlds. World of dreams and joy and majesty. This is Ketish folk prog at it's best. Beautiful melodiers sung with a beautiful voice. If ... (read more)

Report this review (#86275) | Posted by pirkka | Wednesday, August 09, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE MORRIGAN "Masque"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.31 seconds