2022 marks the official 25th Anniversary of Blackmore’s Night, inspired by many melodies of the Renaissance period, and Blackmoreized into contemporary music. They call it Renaissance/Folk/Rock. At the helm is the dynamic husband and wife duo: celebrated guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who traverses between acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy, and Candice Night, who not only contributes her unique, entrancing vocals, but deftly navigates seven medieval woodwinds, including bagpipe, chanters, shawms, corner music, pennywhistles, and recorders. Further enhancing the band’s inspired sound are keyboardist/back-up vocalist Bard David, violinist Scarlett Fiddler, back-up vocalist/shawm player Lady Lynn, bassist/rhythmic guitarist Earl Grey, and percussionist Troubadour of Aberdeen. With lyrics penned by Night, the collective embraces the aura of the old world inn, from madrigals and ballads to good old fashioned, Renaissance-inspired pub songs.
Their latest release To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond… is a best-of compilation including the most-requested and beloved songs from their fans, all of which have been re-mastered. Alongside these classics, the album includes four re-recorded new versions of some of their favorites: “Moonlight Shadow”, “Somewhere Over The Sea”, “Coming Home”, and “Writing On The Wall”. Additionally, the set has a live version of “Home Again” and three brand new songs: “Ghost Of John” (which includes the vocal debut of Blackmore and Night’s 6-year-old daughter Autumn), Ritchie Blackmore’s new version of “Land of Hope and Glory” and Candice Night lending her vocals to a favored Rainbow tune “I Surrender”. The set is complete with a booklet boasting a collage of 20 years of memorabilia and a small unrehearsed video from a sound check, rewarding fans with an intimate glimpse behind the scenes.