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An ever-growing list of changes made to, and futher plans for, Musical Discoveries. Also check out the latest news on our Featured Artists!

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The Archives (08 Oct 2001 - 25 Mar 2000)

  • Blackmore's Night Concert Review Now Online! The first installment of our coverage of Blackmore's Night is a review of last concert of the 2001 Fires at Midnighttour provided by correspondent Geoff Haylor. Currently under construction, our review of the group's entire catalog will incorporate an exclusive interview with lead vocalist Candice Night by correspondent Mauri Osterholm. (08 October 2001)


  • August Album Review Digest Now Online! Slightly longer in the making than we had originally envisaged, we have finally published the fourth edition of our digest. Eclectic as always, this version includes reviews of debut albums from Ambeon's Astrid van der Veen and her sister Linda van der Veen's band Railway. Reviews of debut albums from singer songwriters Shea Segar and Joanne Juskus and new age artists F.R.E.U.D and Epiphany Project (review by correspondent Justin Elswick) have also been included.

    Two Magna Carta soundtracks are also reviewed, both including vocal work by Musical Discoveries featured artists Michelle Young and Lisa Bouchellle, including Trent Gardner's Leonardo-The Absolute Man and Robert Berry's Wheel Of Time.

    Emma Shapplin (updated review) fans will want to check out our extensive review of Jean-Patrick Capdevielle's latest classical contemporarey crossover album Atylantos featuring the stunning vocal work of sopranos Chiara Zeffirelli, Elena Cojocaru and Jade Laura d'Angelis.

    Enya, Miriam Stockley and Beautiful World enthusiasts will want to check out our review of the stunning Flaming Star album by Sally Oldfield. Our digest is rounded out this month with a review of the latest album by progressive gothic artists Mors Syphilitica featuring vocals by Lisa Hammer. We've got a lot more lined up for the next edition so check back in a couple of months to check it out! (29 July 2001)



  • All New Michelle Young Feature Now Online! Musical Discoveries' very first featured artist—Michelle Young—will release an all new album entitled Marked For Madness this September. Our reviews of her debut album, Song of the Siren, her contributions to R.U.D.Y.'s Journey and Leonardo-The Absolute Man as well as the new album are accompanied by an exclusive and extensive interview in our latest and entirely up-to-date online feature including the internet debut of the album's front and back covers. (updated 29 July 2001)


  • Brigid Boden Feature Now Online! An interview with Irish singer songwriter Brigid Boden conducted by Scandinavian Correspondent Mauri Osterholm joins a biographical sketch and reviews of her two albums in this latest feature. (15 July 2001)


  • Fragile Live Performance Review! Our review of the Yes tribute band Fragile performing live at the Brook in Southampton, England is now online. (15 July 2001)


  • Mostly Autumn Updates! In conjunction with Classic Rock Society's Wondrous Stories, check out our review of Mostly Autumn's live performance at The Mean Fiddler 30 June 2001. The Classic Rock Legends label recorded the show for a DVD due for release in September 2001 which will also be reviewed here. Our Mostly Autumn feature has been updated with a review of the band's latest album The Last Bright Light and links to our live performance reviews. (15 July 2001)


  • Nightwish "Over The Hills And Far Away" Review Now Online! Musical Discoveries' Nightwish feature has been updated with an all new review of the band's latest studio release, a four-track mini-CD entitled "Over The Hills And Far Away." The tracks are also released with selected material from Wishes To Eternity-Live (review) in other territories this summer. (24 June 2001)


  • Eclectic June Digest Now Online! Our June digest features reviews of eleven recordings by a wide array of musical artists. Headlining is our review of Michelle Young on Rudi Buttas' R.U.D.I.s Journey. Check out our reviews of Par Lindh Project's Veni, Vidi, Vici with stunning vocal work by Magdalena Hagberg, Ayreon's Ayreonauts Only, the full album Bring Down The Moon by Naimee Coleman and the new 4-track EP by Arise From Thorns under their new name Brave.

    Also check out our review of Emma Bunton's solo album A Girl Like Me and the brand new one by Stevie Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La. Our review of Hamadryad's Conservation of Mass and Balligomingo's promo are extremely complimentary. Our indepth review of the new recording Rollercoaster by West of Eden should also be checked out along with the final review of this month's digest by progressive group Azigza. A lot more is planned for the summer months so visit again soon! (07 June 2001)



  • Nightwish Live Album / DVD Reviews Now Online! The third installment of Musical Discoveries' coverage of Nightwish includes reviews of the From Wishes to Eternity - Live compact disc and DVD as well as the Limited Edition CD Wishmastour 2000. Click here to check it out! (03 June 2001)


  • Syrens Call Album Review and Artist Interview Online! Our review of the debut album Fantasea by the French progressive metal band Syrens Call is now online. An interview with the couple behind the band, Sébastien (drums) and Valérie (lead vocals) Paul has been incorporated into the article. (28 May 2001)


  • Ambeon Album Review and Artist Interview Online! Our review of the completely stunning—must listen—new album from Arjen Anthony Lucassen blends Ayreon songs with new lyrics and melodies written and performed by 14-year old lead vocalist Astrid van der Veen heralded by many as the next Kate Bush. Check it out now! (27 May 2001)


  • Karnataka and Mostly Autumn at HLC Rotherham! Our review of this tremendous double headline live performance on 12 May 2001 is now available with photographs selected by the artists. You'll also find it in the Classic Rock Society's magazine Wondrous Stories in June. You can also find the text with Paul Allwood's photos at the Classic Rock Society website, here. (updated 20 May 2001)


  • Caroline Lavelle Interview and Album Review Online! The recent release of a follow-up to her debut album Spirit inspired correspondent Justin Elswick to contribute a review of her latest recording Brilliant Midnight as well as an exclusive interview. Click here to transport your browser to it! (20 May 2001)


  • Paul Schwartz and Lisbeth Scott's Album Review and Interview Online! Our review of the stunning State of Grace album by Paul Schwartz (Aria, Aria 2: New Horizon, Revolution) and vocalist Lisbeth Scott is accompanied by an exclusive and comprehensive interview with both artists. You can find it here. (20 May 2001)


  • Gjallarhorn Interview and Album Review Now Online! Our review of Sjofn, the latest album from Gjallarhorn, a world-oriented folk band from Finland, is accompanied by an exclusive interview with their lead vocalist, Jenny Wilhelms. Check it out! (06 May 2001)


  • Lacuna Coil Feature Article Now Online! Our comprehensive review of Lacuna Coil's recordings includes an exclusive interview with Cristina Scabbia, the band's lead vocalist. Read our reviews of Lacuna Coil, In A Revierie and the latest album Unleashed Memories which includes the five tracks from their Halflife EP. (05 May 2001)


  • Mandalay Album Review and Interview Now Online! A comperehensive review of Mandalay's latest album Solace and exclusive Musical Discoveries interview with vocalist Nicola Hitchcock comprise the latest feature by American correspondent Justin Elswick. Check it out! (05 May 2001)


  • Capercaillie Live At Farneham Hall Review Now Online! Our review of Capercaillie's stunning headline performance at the Gosport and Fareham Easter [Folk] Festival on 15 April 2001 is now online. Brief comments on the two quite excellent opening acts are also included. (16 April 2001)


  • April Album Review Digest Now Online! The long-awaited latest installment of Musical Discoveries' Digest is now available. This quarter's reviews include another eclectic collection of music spanning the full range of genres covered at this website, mainly concentrating on debut albums. Our review of Edenbridge's Sunrise In Eden progressive-metal crossover crossover album leads the lineup. In anticipation of her new album—a brand new single Enya and Máire Brennan's youngest sister—Bridin Brennan, another by the first to split off from the Dublin-based trio, Cathy Vard, one from atmospheric-metal crossover by Projekt artist Centuria, and (in anticipation of our forthcoming interview) a review of Karma by Charisma.

    Updates to previously published features include reviews of the latest albums by Rachael Sage and Mostly Autumn. You'll also find reviews of Mystery, Martine McCutcheon, and Claire Hammill.

    Our digest includes reviews of the two album Universal Migrator set by Arjen Lucassen's progressive metal band Ayreon featuring vocal contributions by Lana Lane and others: The Dream Sequencer and Flight of the Migrator. Our review of Ayreonauts Only, including tracks with Lucassen's latest female vocalist discovery, Astrid van der Veen, in anticipation of his new Ambeon album will be posted very soon. Enjoy! (14 April 2001)


  • New You And I Album "Exit" Reviewed! An extensive review of Hungarian progressive rock band You And I's newest album Exit has been published. It incorporates exclusive in-concert photographs and provides an update to our earlier feature on the band's stunning lead vocalist Fanni Völgyssey Szomor. (13 April 2001)


  • Lisa Bouchelle Feature Updated - New Album Reviewed! Our Lisa Bouchelle feature has been updated to include a review of her new acoustic album with October Baby entitled At The Edge Of Reality. With eleven stunningly produced vocal tracks, it is a must listen! With the release of this new album, Lisa Bouchelle has been named a Musical Discoveries Featured Artist. (updated 13 April 2001)


  • Trancendence Interview/Review Feature Now Online! Check out our in-depth and exclusive interview with the Canadian progressive rock band, Transcendence. Our reviews of their debut album Eternal Stream and pre-production promo of the follow-up Labyrinth are now online. (updated 08 April 2001)


  • Sylvia Tosun Feature Now Online A collaboration with Emil Adler and Julie Flanders, Sylvia Tosun's debut EP, Too Close To The Sun is certain to appeal to fans of October / November Project. The latest Musical Discoveries feature includes the results of an extensive interview with the artist and our review of the six-track recording. (07 April 2001)


  • Enya Feature Now Reviews "Wild Child" EP! Our Enya A Day Without Rain album review feature has been updated to include correspondent Paul Van Vliet's review of Enya's latest EP. Click here view it now. (05 April 2001)


  • Cameron Dezen Album Review Now Online! Read correspondent Justin Elswick's review of Cameron Dezen's debut album Mary's Daughter now online! (updated 01 April 2001)


  • Adiemus Live at St. David's Hall Review Online! Read our review of the gala live performance by Adiemus featuring Miriam Stockley held in Cardiff, Wales at St David's Hall. Captured on video and digital audio, a public airing on S4C will occur later this year. Clammer now for the DVD! (18 March 2001)


  • Jemima Price Feature Now Online! With tribute albums of Tori Amos and Kate Bush under her belt, Jemima Price's latest album is a solo debut entitled Easy. Read the latest Musical Discoveries feature including our review of the album and Mauri Osterholm's interview with the artist! (14 March 2001)


  • Renaissance Live At The London Astoria Review Online! Renaissance members Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford and Terry Sullivan reunited for a live performance at The London Astoria on 09 March 2001. The concert was the culmination of rehearsals in preparation for their Japanese tour promoting the band's new Tuscany album. Check out our concert revew! (11 March 2001)


  • Read About and React to Coming Attractions in Discussion! We have moved "Coming Attractions" to our Discussion Forum. Visit by clicking on the light green tab above, register if you like, and join in the discussion on what's coming next to Musical Discoveries. Other forums span topics from recommended artists to online reviews as well as general discussion. (11 February 2001)


  • Artist News Moves to Site Updates! Our [Featured] Artist News section has been moved to a new home in the Site Updates page. Click on the link in the blue column on your left to go there now. (11 February 2001)


  • Musical Discoveries Forum Now Online! Regular visitors will notice that Musical Discoveries' [Discussion] Forum has now been moved into the main site at www.musicaldiscoveries.com and its performance has substantially improved. All previous Musical Discoveries webspaces have been closed as all material is now online at our new ISP. Updates to our front page have also been made to improve viewing the larger versions of the images presented. (11 February 2001)


  • Emma Shapplin Review Updated! Emma Shapplin's album Carmine Meo was one of the first reviewed at Musical Discoveries. Our review has been updated to include the "Discovering Yourself" single and Emma's contributions to the Red Planet original soundtrack. (11 February 2001)


  • Marina Belica Interview and Music Review Now Online! An exclusive interview with October Project vocalist and keyboard player Marina Belica is accompanied by our review of her debut solo EP decembergirl here. (29 January 2001)


  • January Digest Now Online! The latest installment of Musical Discoveries' Digest is now available. January's reviews include an eclectic collection of music spanning the full range of genres covered at this website. Our review of Izzy's Ascolta classical crossover album leads this month's lineup. Contributions from guest editors Don Baer, Suvi Kaikkonen, Scott Bassin and Justin Elswick review stunning albums by Delerium, ZetaBoo, ELP and Vas respectively.

    Be sure to check out our reviews of the DVD Audio of ELP's Brain Salad Surgery, a new album for Nightwish fans by Rain Fell Within entitled Believe, the second in Laura Powers' Legend of the Goddess Celtic trilogy and a lovely heavenly vocals debut album by Projekt Records' artist Mira.

    In the run up to our November Project feature article, we have also reviewed two brand new EPs by ex-October Project vocalists Marina Belica and Mary Fahl entitled Decembergirl and Lenses of Contact respectively. (27 January 2001)


  • New Home For Adiemus Unofficial Homepage We have rehosted Noah Grey's Adiemus Unofficial Homepage. Click here to point your browser there now. Updates to bring the site up to date are currently underway. (07 January 2001)


  • New Discussion Forum! The editorial team have established a companion website called Musical Discoveries Forum, where are visitors can establish a hearty discussion about music reviewed here, suggest new artists, read frequent artist news and open threads on new topics. (01 January 2001)


  • December Digest Now Online! We are gaining against our backlog of reviews and the December Album Review Digest is now happily online. Another eclectic edition, here you'll find a broad selection of reviews including the sweet music of Julienne Taylor, unique holiday music by Darlene Koldenhoven, more heavenly vocals, this time with a classical backdrop, by Japan's Eri Sugai and rocking tunes on the debut album by Denver-based Sheherezade. A new release by Musical Discoveries' favourite Naimee Coleman is hinted at by an EP of demo recordings.

    We also review two folk rock albums by Canada's Pamela Morgan, the debut from Sweden's Monica Starck and two atmospheric instrumental jazz crossovers by Italy's Fabio Armani. You'll also want to check out our review of the latest album by June Olivor and the latest project by Karda Estra. A must-listen album by The Vards is also reviewed this month. Visit the Digest soon. (10 December 2000)



  • Nightwish Concert Review Now Online! A comprehensive review of Nightwish live at Le Medley (Montreal) on 25 November 2000 is accompanied by a range of photographs taken at the spectacular concert promoting the Wishmaster album. Read more about our latest featured artist today. (01 December 2000)


  • November Digest Now Online! In the spirit of better late than never, our November Album Review Digest is finally online. Perhaps the most eclectic edition published to date, here you'll find a broad selection of reviews including the cabaret music of Mary Carewe, seasonal holiday music on CD and DVD by Charlotte Church, new jazz based standards on an audiophile recording by Christy Baron and rocking tunes on two new EPs by Kristin Banks. A new release by rapidly rising theatre star Arianna leads this month's lineup.

    We also review the new progressive rock album by Theta featuring Vermillion Sands' vocalist Yoko Royama and reviews of the debut albums by artists previously reviewed at Musical Discoveries. These include the stunning contemporary crossover album by Italian diva Filippa Giordano, another by Mulberry Lane and a major commercial release by Kathy Fisher.

    Be sure to check out our reviews of Joanne Juskus' demo recordings and a stunning must listen from our first similar-to Adiemus artist Eri Sugai from Japan. It is an exciting and information packed Digest. Visit it today and stay tuned for the December edition. We've got a lot planned! (updated 26 November 2000)


  • After Forever Album Reviewed! Our review of the debut album by After Forever Prison of Desire incorporates an exclusive interview with Floor Jansen, Sander Gommons and Mark Jansen. A must listen, check out our review today. (29 October 2000)


  • Ronan Hardiman and Leslie Dowdall Anthem Album Reviewed! Musical Discoveries charts the progress of composer and keyboard voice Ronan Hardiman working with vocalist Leslie Dowdall in our review of their latest album Anthem. Check it out today! (22 October 2000)


  • Charlie's Vision Album Reviewed! An exclusive Musical Discoveries interview with the artist has been incorporated into an extensive review of her must listen! debut album Vision. (21 October 2000)


  • Lana Lane Illustrated Biographical Sketch Updated! Reviews of two Japanese promotional singles with a total of six new live tracks have been incorporated into our Lana Lane feature. Check it out! (feature) (21 October 2000)


  • Adiemus IV The Eternal Knot Album and Live Reviews Now Online! Contributions from Musical Discoveries' correspondents Suvi Kaikkonen, Mauri Osterholm, Phil George and Paul VanVliet are joined in our feature on the new Adiemus album The Eternal Knot. Katharina Gross' exclusive review of the project's live performance at The Royal Albert Hall is also included. Click here to view this latest Musical Discoveries feature. (15 October 2000)


  • October Digest Now Online! Our latest edition of the Album Review Digest has been completed and is now available online. Check out reviews of albums by Nina Gordon, Llewellyn, Maggie Reilly, M2aria, Jenny Bruce, Jo Davidson, Fran Lucci, Karmalatta, Scarlet's Web, The Corrs and Karen Nunis Blackstone. (01 October 2000)


  • Nightwish Album and Live Performance Reviews Feature Now Online! Fronted by the stunning operatic lead vocalist Tarja Turunen, this metal-edged symphonic group from Finland have released three albums. Our feature reviews all three of the band's albums and incorporates an exclusive interview with Tarja and comments from two of Musical Discoveries' regular international correspondents. (updated 28 September 2000)


  • Dagmar 41 Interview and Album Reviews Online! Three albums by self-propelled original German recording artist Dagmar Klein have been reviewed—incorporating the results of an exclusive interview with the artist—here. (10 September 2000)


  • Highlander-A Celtic Opera Reviewed! Our review of Roger Bellon and Harland Collins' West End-style musical style soundtrack is now online. Certain to appeal to Celtic music lovers and theatre goers alike, the album is a dramatic listen! (04 September 2000).


  • August-September Digest Expanded! The latest additions to our digest include a wide range of album reviews:
    • One, a various artist pop rock compilation (review)
    • Ancient Voices, a contemporary world vocal album by Chiwoniso certain to appeal to fans of Miriam Stockley and Beautiful World (review)
    • Across The Universe, a new age female vocal-oriented album by Terry Oldfield (review)
    • Cousteau's Dream, and a new age compilation (review)
    • Damita, the debut solo album by rapidly rising gospel singer Damida Haddon (review)
    • Highlander-A Celtic Opera, the popular theme conveyed in West End musical style (review)
    • Daydreamin' the debut album by female R&B trio Before Dark (review)

    Check them out! (updated 04 September 2000).


  • Second Story Review Updated! Our Second Story review page has been updated to include reactions to their recently released live album ART and their stunning cover of the Queensrÿche track "One And Only." (03 September 2000).


  • Brand New Capercaillie Album Review Now Online! Musical Discoveries is proud to present the very first review of Capercaillie's first new album in three years. Available from 4 September in the EEC and 26 September in America, Nàdurra effectively blends Capercaillie's unique interpretation of traditional music with ballads and upbeat tracks sung by lead vocalist Karen Matheson. (27 August 2000)


  • Musical Discoveries Facelift Complete! A complete site overhaul was completed by our editorial staff. Comments from our readers on the new design will be most appreciated. (27 August 2000)


  • Medea Album Review and Lead Vocalist Interview Now Online! Medea is the third link in a chain of artists reviewed at Musical Discoveries. Our review of their album Dreams & Revelations has incorporated the results of an interview with the band's lead vocalist Irene Lambrou. Check it out! (26 August 2000)


  • August Album Review Digest Preview Available! The first four reviews of our latest Digest are now online. Read our reviews of Sarah Brightman's album La Luna due for American release on 29 August 2000, the new Grey Eye Glances EP If I Was, the latest album by classical crossover vocalist Filippa Giordano and the debut album and followup EP by The Rosemary Pure in our preview of our August Album Review Digest. Seven more albums will be reviewed here soon. (20 August 2000)


  • Cara Jones Feature Now Online! In the run-up to her first American album release scheduled for September 2000, we talked to Cara Jones about her background, influences, songwriting and music and have incorporated her comments around our reviews of her three albums in our latest feature. Check it out! (13 August 2000)


  • Wappa Gappa Album Reviews Online! Recommended by singer songwriter Michelle Young, two albums—A Myth (1998) and Yamatai (1996)—by this renowned Japanese progressive rock group featuring the stunning vocal work of Tamami Yamamoto are reviewed in the latest edition of the Album Review Digest (here). (06 August 2000)


  • Soleil Moon Review Online! A review of the debut album Worlds Apart by MFO Records artist Soleil Moon is now available in our Album Review Digest. Check it out! (31 July 2000)


  • Sun Palace Review and Interview Online! Our exclusive interview with singer/songwriter Andriette Redmann provides insights into the artist's background, influences and music. It has been integrated with a review of the debut Sun Palace album Into Heaven. This feature is now online. (30 July 2000)


  • Millennium Guitar and Underwater Flying Lessons Reviews Added To Instrumental Digest! Concise reviews of new albums by Ed Schaum and John Luttrell have been added to Musical Discoveries' Instrumental Album Review Digest. (23 July 2000)


  • Capercaillie DVD Review Now Online! Musical Discoveries is proud to present the first internet review of The Capercallie Collection 1990-1996 DVD. This stunning new release from Survival Records, Ltd is comprised of five music videos, a re-issue of the in-concert Two Nights In Delirium, a comprehensive band history, discography and slide show. Check it out! (22 July 2000)


  • July Edition of Album Review Digest Now Online! Our July edition of the Album Review Digest is now online. This month you'll find reviews of a broad variety of albums spanning Celtic, new age, contemporary, alternative rock and progressive music. Our latest reviews include recordings by: Spirits Of The World, Kate Price, Lobelia, Fula, Jennifer Onesto, and Terry Gladstone. We also review the latest recording by Scottish Celtic-indie crossover Crannog/Keeba as well as demos provided by Bernadette McCallion and Sally Cooper. A full length album by Sally Cooper has also been reviewed in the July 2000 Digest.

    Return soon—August promises to be an exciting month as well! (updated 07 August 2000)


  • Nexus Album and NEARfest Review Feature Online! Argentina's symphonic progressive rock band Nexus will appeal to ELP and Yes enthusiasts but with the stunning vocal work of mezzo Mariela González is attracting an even broader audience. Our latest online feature reviews their debut album, Detrás del Umbral, excellent NEARfest performance and incorporates the results of our interview with Mariela and exclusive Musical Discoveries photographs taken at their USA debut performance. (14 July 2000).


  • Lisa Bouchelle Online Feature Updated! A review of Lisa's contributions to the latest (live) album by Mastermind entitled Prog, Fusion, Metal, Leather & Sweat has been incorporated into our online feature. Recordings are taken from the best of the band's live performances last year—including NEARfest 1999—check it out soon! (09 July 2000)


  • Karnataka Live At HLC Rotherham Review Now Online! Our exclusive review of Karnataka's headlining live performance for the Classic Rock Society at Herringthorpe Leisure Centre in Rotherham, England is now online. Graphically intensive with numerous photos taken at the event, the review also contains insights from band members, Society officials and the audience. Check it out right away! Pages of additional photographs from the show are also now available for online viewing. (updated 08 July 2000)


  • Sherreece Album Reviews and Interview Now Online! Our latest online feature reviews this acclaimed New Orleans-based singer songwriter's albums and incorporates our exclusive interview with the artist. (25 June 2000)


  • Musical Discoveries Artist News Page Updated! The latest news from our featured artists has been updated. Bookmark the page and visit often! Be sure to check out Musical Discoveries' Coming Attractions as well! (23 June 2000)


  • Various Artists Spirits Of The World Review Online! The latest Earthtone Records compilation includes a new Miriam Stockley track and is a wonderful collection of vocal and instrumental world pieces from around the globe, inspired by our need to connect with other cultures through music. Read correspondent Don Bear's review in an early preview of the July edition of our Album Review Digest. (23 June 2000)


  • Alchemy VII Feature Now Online! The first album from Alchemy VII (Gina's Alchemy) entitled The Magick and an EP of four new recordings have been reviewed in our feature that incorporates the results of an interview with the band's lead vocalist. (11 June 2000)


  • Brand New Emily Bezar Feature Now Online! The styles of classically-trained Emily Bezar's singing and songwriting have frequently been compared to the work of Kate Bush but today she's moved onwards and upwards and is exploring all new territories. This first version of our feature reviews her three solo albums and incorporates her comments and links to an even more intimate and indepth interview. (10 June 2000)


  • Gypsy Soul Feature Now Online! Alternating between haunting melodies and atmospheric soulful grooves, the Celtic pop/rock folk duo Gypsy Soul creates a lush, unforgettable musical landscape. Cilette Swann's exquisitely powerful vocals lead, while partner Roman Morykit balances the band's ethereal edge with inspired bass and guitar counterpoint. Our feature reviews the band's four albums and incorporates an exclusive Musical Discoveries interview. Check it out! (04 June 2000)


  • Complete June Album Review Digest Now Online! Our June edition of the Album Review Digest is now online. This month you'll find reviews of a broad variety of albums spanning Celtic, popular secular, contemporary rock and progressive music. Check out our reviews of recordings by Linda Rutherford&Celtic Fire, Nichole Nordeman, Connie Dover, Jennifer Marks and Patricia Saravia. Our most recent additions include albums by Annyland, Tammy Trent and German progressive bands Wildeve and Madrigal. The latest progressive rock release from Chattanooga, TN-based Glass Hammer and a contemporary pop rock crossover album from the Solvenian vocalist and flute player Tinkara Kovac are also reviewed this month. (updated 29 May 2000)


  • Karnataka's The Storm Available In USA! Our United States readers will be pleased to learn that ZNR Progressive Music Mail Order (Louisville, KY) is now stocking the brand new album by Karnataka entitled The Storm. You may also e-mail the owner Steve Roberts for further details. NEARFest President Robert LaDuca has informed us that The Storm will be played during breaks between bands at this year's Bethlehem, PA-based progressive rock festival. Readers continue to find our review of this album enticing and accurate! The album is also available from the band's website as well as New Zealand-based Cranium Music, Timelapse Records (Surrey, England) and now also from GFT (Surrey, England) and CD Services (Dundee, Scotland). Be sure to order your copy today. (updated 29 May 2000)


  • Jennifer Parsignault Album Reviews and Interview Online! Her track "Prayer For St. Symin" was featured on the Celtic Mystique compilation (review). This classically trained French-born singer / songwriter now living in Los Angeles has released three acclaimed albums. An exclusive Musical Discoveries interview within our our latest feature has been integrated with reviews of all three-Jennifer, Red and Oh, My-albums. Check it out! (20 May 2000)


  • Carla Lother Interview Incorporated into Ephemera Review! With a major live performance scheduled for New York's Bottom Line Cafe on June 8, 2000, we have incorporated the results of an exclusive Musical Discoveries Interview into our review of Carla Lother's Chesky Records album Ephemera. Be sure to check it out! (20 May 2000)


  • May Edition Of Album Review Digest Now Online! New reviews of albums featuring female vocalists have been completed and are now available in Musical Discoveries Album Review Digest. Our latest reviews include solo projects by Celtic Mystique (review) artists Darby DeVon and Gabrielle Angelique, as well as recordings by Michaela Foster-Marsh, Mulberry Lane, 17 Reasons Why, Sally Anthony, and the latest album by Mythos. (14 May 2000)


  • New Iona Studio Album Open Sky Review Online! Iona's new 11-track masterpiece Open Sky has just been released in the UK. The first internet review of this stunning album is now online exclusively at Musical Discoveries. (13 May 2000)


  • Karnataka To Play For Classic Rock Society Audience July 2000! Karnataka will play live for a Classic Rock Society audience in Rotherham (UK) on 01 July 2000. The band will play tracks from both The Storm and their self-titled debut album (review). We are told that several new tracks are also being rehearsed for the gig. (08 May 2000)


  • Lana Lane's Secrets Of Astrology Review Online! The latest album by Lana Lane and Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists) illustrates a further development of the artist's style and includes significant contributions by Ayreon's Argen Anthony Lucassen. Our Lana Lane feature has been expanded with a review of the new album and brought up to date. (06 May 2000)


  • Another New Issue of Album Review Digest Online! A preview of the May issue of Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest is now online. A stunning compilation entitled Celtic Mystique leads the array of reviews that also include albums by West Of Eden and Candy Sanders. The latest compilation by new age label Real Music entitled Inifinity is also included. (16 April 2000)


  • Karnataka Establishes MP3.COM Presence! The rapidly rising Welsh progressive group Karnataka recently reviewed and interviews at Musical Discoveries (feature) has established a webpage mp3.com. Check out Karnataka's very own mp3.com and official websites today. (16 April 2000)


  • Anael Album Reviews and Exclusive Interview Online! Hauntingly gentle, passionate and beautiful vocals are the centrepiece of this stunning artist's new age repertoire. With her latest album Language Of The Soul just released, our latest internet feature reviews all three of her albums here and incorporates an exclusive Musical Discoveries interview. (15 April 2000)


  • Lisa Bouchelle Reviews and Interview Feature Now Online! A review of Lisa Bouchelle's stunning vocal work with October Baby and on Mastermind's latest album Angels of the Apocalypse has been integrated with an exclusive Musical Discoveries artist interview. Click here to access our latest online feature! (09 April 2000)


  • April Issue of Album Review Digest Online! A brand new edition of Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest is now online. Albums by Tacye, Scarlet's Web, Lucid, American progressive rock band Big Sky, Alastor, Lacy James, Liv Cummins, Anet, Inside Scarlet, Roma Downy (with Phil Coulter), The Good China and Tara MacLean are featured in this edition. (08 April 2000)


  • Rachael Sage Albums Reviewed! Another exclusive Musical Discoveries artist interview has been incorporated into our reviews of Rachel Sage's two albums—Morbid Romantic and Smasing The Serene. (01 April 2000)


  • Alla Kadysh Album Review Online! An exclusive artist interview has been incorporated into a concise review of Alla's album Perichole's Sincerity Theory in a recent update to our Digest. (01 April 2000)


  • Michelle Young Establishes MP3.COM Presence! Stunning singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist Michelle Young, whose album Song Of The Siren was one of the first to be reviewed at Musical Discoveries, has established a presence at mp3.com. Her debut album and soundbites of forthcoming work will be available there soon. Check out Michelle's mp3.com and official websites today. (25 March 2000)


  • Connie Ianieri Three Faces Of Eve Review and Interview Now Online! Our review of the six-track progressive recording, with allusions to Yes, Kate Bush and Esquire, incorporates an exclusive Musical Discoveries interview with both Connie and Mike Ianieri. (19 March 2000)


  • Karnataka Album Reviews and Band Interview Now Online! Fronted by their stunning lead vocalist Rachel Jones, Karnataka's exciting and dynamic song-based progressive music is influenced by Celtic and eastern themes. Ours is the very first on-line or print media review of their new album The Storm. An exclusive Musical Discoveries interview with Ian and Rachel Jones providing insight into their background and musical inspiration has been incorporated in the review. Check it out! (18 March 2000)


  • The Celtic Groove Foundation's Big Sky Volume 1: The Source Reviewed! Certain to appeal to fans of The Corrs and Capercaillie, this new band featuring the sensuous, honeyed-style vocals of Laura McKerron is an eclectic and worldly spinoff by Charlie McKerron and John Saich of Capercaillie. Our review is now online. (18 March 2000).


  • Blaq Lily Music Review and Interview Now Online! Blaq Lily is self categorised as a 'Neo Celtic rock band.' Our interview with the artists is integrated in a new review of their recordings. (12 March 2000)


  • Faire Celts Album Reviewed! Most likely the very best compilation of tracks by Celtic female vocalists, this 13-track Narada (masterwork) release features stunning tracks by Sinéad O'Connor, Eimear Quinn ("The Voice"), Mae McKenna and Karen Matheson to name a few. Check out our review. (Updated 05 March 2000)


  • Tara MacLean's Passenger Album Reviewed! The second album by the 26-year old Canadian singer songwriter is comprised of twelve all new alternative - pop crossover tracks. Check out our review. (Updated 05 March 2000)


  • Newly Remastered Over The Rhine Album Reviewed! Over The Rhine's eighth album is a remastered version of their 1996 Good Dog Bad Dog featuring the stunning vocal work of Karin Bergquist. Check out our review. (Updated 05 March 2000)


  • Lorenza Ponce Self-Titled Album Reviewed! Our review of the New York-based singer, songwriter, violin player's tremendous self-titled follow up to her stunning Imago debut is now online. (Updated 05 March 2000)


  • Michelle Tumes' Center Of My Universe Album Reviewed! Our review of this Australian singer, songwriter, piano player's tremendous follow up to her stunning Listen debut is now online. (05 March 2000)


  • New Albums By Female Vocalists Reviewed! Reviews of three new albums by female artists have been added to the Musical Discoveries Album Review Digest.
    • Ginger MacKenzie: Kismet; alternative rock with a pop edge (review)
    • Penny Framstad: Self-titled; acoustic and electric alternative (review)
    • Kate Barclay: Sunshine From Mars; alternative with many influences (review)

    Be sure to check out these reviews! (05 March 2000)


  • New Altan Album Reviewed! Our review of the stunning eighth album by Altan entitled Another Sky featuring lead vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is now online. (05 March 2000)


  • Méav Album Reviewed! The stunning debut self-titled album by former Anúna soprano Méav Ni Mhaolchatha reveals an effortless mastery of Celtic and classical pieces, traditional songs and early music. Our review is now online. (27 February 2000)


  • Stu & Keri Lynn Huggens Album Reviewed! Rooted in country, touched by swing, enriched with blues, tempered by folk and kicked by rock, our review of this eclectic combination is now online. (27 February 2000)


  • Lift's Music Reviewed! Fronted by singer Molly Bancroft, this female rock trio has produced hard-edged, assured and soaring songs. Concise reviews of their latest EP entitled "September" and prior album Lifelike are now online. (27 February 2000)


  • Four New Album Reviews Online! Reviews of three new albums by female artists have been added to the Musical Discoveries Album Review Digest. These concise reviews have links to further web-based resources.
    • Jenna Music: Self-titled; alternative rock fronted by edgy female vocals. (review).
    • Annbjørg Lien: Baba Yaga; Hardangerfiddle, violins, modern instrumentation and worldly vocals. (review)
    • Ginny Owens: Without Condition; heartfelt songs by award winning American vocalist (review)
    • Esther Valentine: Can't Watch Yourself Dance; compelling vocals and alternative arrangements (review).

    Be sure to check out these reviews! (26 February 2000)


  • Long Lost Capercaillie Album Review Reposted! Our indepth late 1998 review of Capercaillie's Glenfinnan (Songs Of The '45) is available for Musical Discoveries visitors. Also published in the official fanzine SideTaulk, be sure to check it out today! (26 February 2000)


  • Four New Female Vocalists' Album Reviews Now Online! Reviews of albums by female vocalists and fronted bands have been added to the Musical Discoveries Album Review Digest. Check them out:
    • Robin Greenspan: The Gardener Of Eden (review)
    • Kristin Banks: House Of Echoes (review)
    • Larisa Stow: Moment By Moment (review)
    • Fisher: One (review), and
    • Vagabond Lovers: When I Was You (review).

    The layout of Musical Discoveries Album Review Digest has also been substantially improved with title-bar based indexing. Be sure to check it out! (20 February 2000)


  • Reviews of Mostly Autumn Albums Now Online! Reviews of this progressive Celtic band's two albums The Spirit Of The Autumn Past and For All We Shared—both featuring tracks with lead vocals by Classic Rock Society Best Female Vocalist 1999 award winner Heather Findlay—are now available here. (19 February 2000)


  • Sue G. Wilkinson's Sympatico and See About Me (EP) Reviews Online! Reviews of two recordings by this Atlanta-based singer songwriter, one featuring adult alternative sounds and the other more blues oriented are now online in Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest. (13 February 2000)


  • Phil Coulter's Highland Cathedral Review Online! Scheduled for release on 22 February, Highland Cathedral is an orchestral work combining Celtic and new age genres with stunning vocals by Aiofe Ni Fhearrraigh. Our review is now online in Musical Discoveries' Instrumental Album Review Digest. (13 February 2000)


  • I Wanna Be Kate—The Songs Of Kate Bush Review Online! Our review of Tom Dunning's tribute featuring seventeen Kate Bush classics rearranged by various artists from the Chicago area is now available in Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest. (12 February 2000)


  • September's Self-Titled Demo Recording Reviewed! Our review of a demo recording this female trio from Philadelphia featuring vocals by Lisa "Blu" Warda is now available in Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest. (12 February 2000)


  • House Of Red's Self-Titled Album Review Online! Our review of this New York City band's stunning debut album, featuring female vocalist Ann Marie, is now available in Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest. (12 February 2000)


  • Aeone's The Woman's Touch Review Online! Our latest feature reviews the artiste's new album and has been integrated with a recent interview. We also review the tracks on her self-titled mp3.com digital audio music CD and provide further insignts into some of her other projects as well. (06 February 2000)


  • Cecilia's Inner Harmony Review Online! Our review of this Norweigan vocalist's latest album is now online in Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest. (05 February 2000)


  • Renée Safier's The 14th Of February Review Online! The first Valentine's Day of the new Millenium is a little more than a week away. Check out our review of Renée's stunning debut album in Musical Discoveries' Album Review Digest. (05 February 2000)


  • Xyra and Verborgen Reviews Updated To Include New Frightening Beauty Album! Check out the latest addition to our review page on Xyra and Verborgen's music. A new section on their latest album Frightening Beauty is now online. (09 January 2000)


  • Andy Hill and Renée Safier's Something Unbroken Review Online! The latest and perhaps most ambitious in a series of albums by the vocally rich folk rock duo contains twelve heartfelt songs about relationships. Our review of the album is now online in our Album Review Digest. (09 January 2000)


  • Michelle Barnes Visions Of Vespertina Review Online! The first album from world renowned illustrators Michelle Barnes and Greg Spalenka accompanies a stunning book featuring their original artwork. A review of this heavenly vocal album is now online in our Album Review Digest. (09 January 2000)


  • Steve La Cerra's Flight Review Online! The second keyboard-based album by Steve La Cerra drives new age into progressive rock with thirteen highly varied tracks. Check out the latest review within our Instrumental Album Review Digest. (09 January 2000)


  • Timothy Martin's Albums Reviewed! Progressive keyboard artist enthusiasts and fans of Jon Anderson will want to read our latest reviews of Timothy Martin's two albums Tears and Pavan (1998) and The Spirit Spring which are now both available online. (08 January 2000)


  • Projeto Caleidoscópio's O Sete Review Now Online! Fans of Renaissance, You And I (review) and Sagrado Coração da Terra will want to check out this initial review of Projeto Caleidoscópio's debut album. Additional insights provided directly from an interview with the creative team are included. (07 January 2000)


  • Jeni Saint's Hypnotised Review Now Online! The latest comments from the artist and a review of an almost exclusively vocal album by London's Jeni Saint, a budding singer, songwriter and cello player entitled Hypnotised is now available here. (04 January 2000)


  • Karda Estra Thirteen From The Twenty First Review Now Online! The second album by Swindon, England-based Karda Estra featuring Richard Wileman (Lives & Times) and Ileesha Bailey is a lovely followup to their debut entitled A Winter In Summertime. While this atomospheric album has quite a bit of Ileesha's vocals, this brand new review is located in our Instrumental Album Review Digest. (02 January 2000)


  • Debra Davis' Angels In The Attic Review Now Online! With two albums now to her credit, Los Angeles singer songwriter has been featured on Dawson's Creek. Check out this new review of her latest album in our Digest. (30 December 1999)


  • Watsonville Patio's Population 02 Review Now Online! Stevie Nicks fans will want to check out the music of alternative rock band Watsonville Patio and their vocalist Janice Grube. Our review of their third album Population 02 is now available with links to further internet resources in our Digest. (30 December 1999)


  • 2002's River Of Stars Review Now Online! Enthusiasts of vocally-rich Celtic-inspired new age music will want to check out our review of this new album on Real Music. (30 December 1999)


  • Lana Lane Feature Now Online! The most comprehensive internet exposé on the artist's nine commercially available recordings is currently online. Our graphically intensive biographical sketch is comprised thorough reviews of her solo albums and recordings made with progressive rock band Rocket Scientists. Although changes may be made to the text, you can now access the feature by clicking here.(29 December 1999)


  • Izzy's Libera Me Reviewed! This year's best female vocal classical crossover album is by a new artist from London named Izzy. Our review of Libera Me is now available for you to browse online in our Digest. (27 December 1999)


  • Arise From Thorns Albums Reviewed! Our latest internet feature combines reviews of the band's two albums—arise from thorns (1997) and before an audience of stars (1999)—with a biographical sketch and comments from a recent interview with their vocalist Michelle Loose. Click here to access it. (23 December 1999)


  • New Quidam Live Album Reviewed! Quidam's latest recording made at a tremendous live performance entitled, Baja Prog—Live in Mexico '99, is worth a cross country journey—a must listen. Our full length album review includes images of lead vocalist Emilia Derkowska and the band; it is now online here. (19 December 1999)


  • Updated Rebecca Pidgeon Album Reviews! A review of Rebecca Pidgeon's second album The New York Girls' Club has been added to an emerging online feature on this stunning vocalist. View the album front and back cover artwork and check out our review. (19 December 1999).


  • Revolution Reviewed! Paul Schwartz' (Aria and Aria 2: New Horizon) (review) all instrumental album features new arrangements of eleven timeless Beatles songs set to classical dance themes. A review of it is now available in our Instrumental Album Review Digest. (19 December 1999)


  • New Landmarq Live Album—Thunderstruck—Reviewed! A review of Landmarq's latest album, Thunderstruck, featuring absolutely stunning live recordings from their latest studio album and new arrangements from prior albums has been integrated into our Tracy Hitchings feature. Clearly a must listen, all lead vocals on Landmarq's new album are performed by Tracy Hitchings. (18 December 1999)


  • MadelynIris Review Available! A review of Carrie and Mark Munsell's two recordings—MadelynIris and Overflow With Tears—is now available online. (11 December 1999)


  • Fanni Völgyessy Szomor / You And I Feature Available! Who is she? Based in Budapest, Fanni Völgyessy Szomr is the stunning female vocalist from the Hungarian progressive rock band You And I. Check out our latest illustrated biographical sketch that reviews the two You And I album releases as well as her solo album. Click here to access the feature. (05 December 1999)


  • Links Page Updated! Check out our latest links to Clannad News, The Corrs, Maggie Reilly, Quidam and November Project websites. (04 December 1999)


  • Search Function Improved! We've improved the user interface to our search function and ensured that all of the website's pages are accurately indexed. (04 December 1999)


  • What's New Page Added! (04 December 1999)


Artist News

  • Miriam Stockley's Website Sees Significant Redesign! Adiemus and Miriam Stockley fans appear delighted in the recent facelift given to the vocalist's official website. Check it out! (13 September 2000)


  • New Adiemus Album Launch at Royal Albert Hall! The fourth Adiemus album-The Eternal Knot-due for UK and Japanese release on 25 September 00 is being launched with a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 September 00. Written by Karl Jenkins and already played on a Welsh television series, the album features vocal work by Miriam Stockley and Mary Carewe. (27 August 2000)


  • Karnataka Takes World By Storm! Karnataka (review) have completed three songs for a new album currently planned for release in 2001. The band continue to build their international following; Japanese music journalist Tetsuo is preparing an interview and review for the November issue of a major publication. (27 August 2000)


  • September Brings Fourth New Renaissance Album In 2000! Yet another release of live Renaissance material is due out on the Mooncrest label during September. This will be the fourth album of archive material released during 2000. Stay tuned to Northern Lights and Annie Haslam's website for the latest news. (27 August 2000)


  • Leonardo Album To Feature Michelle Young and Lisa Bouchelle Vocal Contributions! Michelle Young (review) is continuing to record her second album Marked For Madness. She and Lisa Bouchelle (review) have contributed to a new Magna Carta progressive compilation entitled Leonardo due for release in early 2001. (27 August 2000)


  • Máire Brennan to Publish Autobiography! A 256-page autobiography by Clannad's Máire Brennan (review) entitled The Other Side Of The Rainbow will be generally available from 5 October 2000 in the UK and online sources. (27 August 2000)


  • Karnataka's The Storm Played At NEARfest! An audience of over 1000 progressive rock enthusiasts was treated to the first four tracks from Karnataka's latest album when it was played prior to the opening act (Nexus) at the second day of this year's North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) held at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (United States). In addition to a positive response from the organisers, the audience's enthusiasm for Karnataka's music was demonstrated with album sales, numerous professional enqueries and further discussion of their music during the breaks. Perhaps they will be invited to perform at NEARfest 2001! (23 June 2000)


  • Michelle Young and Lisa Bouchelle Contribute to Leonardo Progressive Rock Concept Album! Officially due out in August 2000, a brand new concept album on the Magna Carta label celebrates the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. Stunning contributions from Musical Discoveries' featured artists Michelle Young and Lisa Bouchelle (October Baby and Mastermind) will certainly a highlight of the project.

    Be sure to catch Lisa's performance on the latest (live) Mastermind release-Prog, Fusion, Metal, Leather & Sweat (StellarVox (USA) SV 2001-2, 2000)-and stay tuned for Michelle's stunning vocal work on Rudi Buttas' (Pur) forcoming solo album due out this July. (23 June 2000)



  • Karnataka's The Storm Available In USA! Our United States readers will be pleased to learn that ZNR Progressive Music Mail Order (Louisville, KY) is now stocking the brand new album by Karnataka entitled The Storm. You may also e-mail the owner Steve Roberts for further details. Readers continue to find our review of this album enticing and accurate! The album is also available from the band's website as well as New Zealand-based Cranium Music, Timelapse Records (Surrey, England) and now also from GFT (Surrey, England) and CD Services (Dundee, Scotland). Be sure to order your copy today.

    NEARfest President Robert LaDuca has informed us that The Storm will be played during breaks between bands at this year's Bethlehem, PA-based progressive rock festival. (updated 31 May 2000)



  • Karnataka To Play For Classic Rock Society Audience July 2000! Karnataka will play live for a Classic Rock Society audience in Rotherham (UK) on 01 July 2000. The band will play tracks from both The Storm and their self-titled debut album (review). We are told that several new tracks are also being rehearsed for the gig. (08 May 2000)


  • Karnataka Establishes MP3.COM Presence! The rapidly rising Welsh progressive group Karnataka recently reviewed and interviews at Musical Discoveries (feature) has established a webpage mp3.com. Check out Karnataka's very own mp3.com and official websites today. (16 April 2000)


  • Michelle Young Establishes MP3.COM Presence! Stunning singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist Michelle Young, whose album Song Of The Siren was one of the first to be reviewed at Musical Discoveries, has established a presence at mp3.com. Her debut album and soundbites of forthcoming work will be available there soon. Check out Michelle's mp3.com and official websites today. (25 March 2000)

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