Re-imagining the fabled story of a folklore favorite has been the newest inventive problem for Chris de Burgh, and his new album, The Legend of Robin Hood, finds the long-lasting artist at his imaginative greatest.
Accessible now, the compelling launch breathes music and lyrical life right into a centuries-old and much-loved basic, re-telling the story with cinematic imaginative and prescient coupled seamlessly to music of emotional depth and energy.
The idea for the twenty seventh studio album by Chris emerged from his involvement in ‘Robin Hood’, a stage musical in regards to the notorious Sherwood Forest nobleman and his band of outlaws. Chris was invited to contribute storylines and melodies to the musical, which might be produced later within the yr in Fulda, Germany, by Highlight Productions, a theatrical firm that has already mounted eight profitable musicals.
“Since I used to be writing songs for this,” he explains, “I believed ‘Why not broaden the story and put an album out, too?'”
Chris was eminently certified and in a position to try this on any variety of ranges. Most importantly, along with his 2010 album Moonfleet, based mostly on the ebook of the identical title, he had crafted a extremely profitable musical interpretation of an already present story.
None of which essentially made tackling Robin Hood any simpler…
“I realized a fantastic deal from Moonfleet – significantly easy methods to set out a narrative in sequence,” he says. “If I had an issue advancing the story in track, I’d simply go and browse the ebook once more. This time, we did not have a ebook. There isn’t any ebook! I needed to create my very own story, my very own model of this basic story.
“In my story, Robin Hood is just not a hero, however circumstances and injustice to others turned him into the hero that’s now recognized everywhere in the world. He initially comes throughout as an obnoxious younger man in his late teenagers, however he subsequently exhibits a special and compassionate facet and the qualities of a born chief.”
As has solely very not too long ago been steered by a revered historian, Robin Hood is believed to have been a key goal of King John, his son King Henry III, and their highly effective justiciar (law-maker) Hubert de Burgh – who, nearly extremely, is an ancestor of Chris himself.
Given the inconsistencies regarding the dates by which Robin Hood is believed to have lived, Chris tells his model of the legend as if it had been a few years after Robin’s dying – and within the setting of a candle-lit tavern the place a small viewers has gathered to listen to it conveyed by a StoryTeller and enacted by his musicians, actors, and singers.
It has the romance and magic of a minstrel entertaining and enlightening the listener, and that’s exactly what has made Chris so distinctive and peerless all through his lengthy profession.
The tenth Chris de Burgh album to be produced by Chris Porter, The Legend of Robin Hood is, like Moonfleet, one other aural extravaganza, performed flawlessly by seasoned, proficient musicians throughout a plethora of musical types – from Medieval, ‘conventional’, nursery rhyme, folks and Celtic-infused to rock, classical, and choral.
No matter its central theme, the album stands up by itself as a brand new assortment of classic Chris de Burgh materials, with on the spot, sing-along crowd-pleasers like “Dwell Life, Dwell Effectively” and “Open Your Eyes.”
It features a new and reworked model of stay favorite “Gentle A Fireplace” – from his 1982 album The Getaway – and the show-stopping, message-bearing anthem, “Legacy.” “You’ve got all the time received to go away your viewers singing and waving their arms within the air,” says Chris, “and I believe ‘Legacy’ will try this.”
As ever, Chris has written songs with a view to stay efficiency. “We’ll definitely be performing the album in its entirety on stage when circumstances allow us to soundly tour once more,” says Chris.
Accessible now by way of Justin Time Information, The Legend of Robin Hood is an album of evocative escapism, and a tonic for our troubled instances.