guitar / keyboard / vocals / bodhran / mandolin / percussion
John Ryan Will:
tin whistle / violin / banjo
drums / percussion
Century Media Records from Germany showed a lot of interest in 97’ and arrangements were made for a signing. We left “N.E.P.” and negotiated with Century media. Unfortunately this deal never materialised. Cruachan continued writing and playing, not only to rock /heavy metal audiences but in Celtic festivals and with internationally renowned acts to a variety of people, In Jan. 99’ Keith and John Fay decided it was time to source a fresh record deal as fans kept writing asking about the possibility of a second album. “Hammerheart records” from Holland were keen to sign them, in Oct. 99’ the deal was sorted and Cruachan began recording their second album entitled “The Middle Kingdom” in Nov. 99’, this was released in June 2000.
Since signing with Hammerheart Cruachan have been playing shows extensively throughout Ireland. They have supported Shane Mac Gowan and the Popes on two occasions in 2001, in Dublin’s Olympia theatre and University College Dublin. They took part in the Heineken green energy festival in summer 2001 and play regularly at Eamon Doranns in Dublin’s Temple Bar area.
Folklore, Cruachan’s third album was released in 2002 to huge acclaim. It was recorded by and features vocals by the legendary Shane Mc Gowan of the Pogues. The single “Ride On” reached number 40 in the Irish charts. It received high marks in all the top Metal Magazines (Rock Hard, Legacy, Aardshock etc.). With this album Cruachan toured Europe and headlined festivals in both Germany and Norway.
Pagan is Cruachans latest album and was released in April 2004. Again this album has been regarded as a breakthrough in folk metal and once more received fantastic reviews. The cover artwork was painted by John Howe, the artist from The Lord of the Rings movies. Since Pagan’s release Cruachan have performed all over Europe including 2 Headlining Russian tours and 1 headlining European tour in 2005, to date they are the only Irish band in history,metal or otherwise, to have toured Russia.
In 2005 Cruachan signed with Black lotus records and began work on their new album “The Morrigan’s Call”. This was recorded in early 2006 and due for a summer 2006 release. Due to the untimely demise of Black Lotus, Cruachan were lefy without a label. They were contacted by AFM records and in only a matter of days a new deal was inked and AFM made plans for the release of the new album. “The Morrigan’s Call” is the best work Cruachan have created to date, this due in no small part to the producer, Gail Lebling from Gail of god!
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