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Meet the guest musicians on "Out of the Ashes"
is an All Ireland Champion musician from County Derry in Ireland. She was only 13 when she recorded the tracks for this album! She has played for many festivals appeared on Television shows and radio programs, and she enjoys playing sessions and teaching. @caitrionalaganmusic
is a multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, Oregon. He has appeared on over 2 dozen albums and has toured, performed and recorded with the likes of The Chieftains, Eileen Ivers, John Doyle and Liz Carroll, John Whelan, Jamie Laval, The Brilliant Gypsies, Women of Ireland, An Irish Christmas, Celtic Crossroads and Ireland: The Show. He plays with local Portland band, Andrea Wild and the Bad Wolves. email@example.com
is a Canadian hurdy-gurdy player, percussionist, composer and improviser. He performs both as a soloist and as part of various ensembles. Ben's work is featured on over 80 CDs. He has also been recorded for film soundtracks, radio dramas, as well as for television shows and commercials.
With roots based in the acoustic/folk tradition, Julie is a trained violinist and singer with various solo albums which have recieved nominations for the BBC sponsored GEM awards in two categories, best female artist and best single for 'Even an Angel'. She is currently part of the band Celtish.
(my father) is a fantastic guitar player and singer/songwriter. Although I play guitar myself on most of the tracks on the album, my dad just has a fantastic touch and sound that I cannot emulate, so I’m honored to have him featured on my albums!
is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Spain. He plays a huge number of instruments very well, His newest album entitled “Foras” is a fantastic album and really shows his virtuosity as a compser and a perfomer. He has played on many albums for many musicians as well as video game soundtracks
Gerardo Hernández Cortés
Is a Puerto Rican multi instrumentalist who has played on many albums, live shows and television programs. He is also a fantastic instrument maker and has a great new solo album as well. I am honored to have him share some of his talent on this project.
We are excited to announce the new musical project by Nick Metcalf - "Out of the Ashes" The project has a great supporting cast of fantastic musicians including all Ireland Champion Caitríona Lagan on Banjo and Mandolin, Ben Grossman on Hurdy Gurdy, Zac Léger on Button Accordion, Bouzouki, and Guitar, Julie Cameron-Hall on Violin, Rick Metcalf on Electric Guitar, and Gerardo Hernandez Cortes on Duduk.
Here are some reviews of the album:
'Out of the Ashes' is the timely new offering from whistle-maker and multi-instrumentalist Nick Metcalf, who weaves a beautiful tapestry of Celtic folk and world music, taking the listener on a captivating and healing journey: From cinematic soundscapes to haunting lament; foot-tapping Irish jigs to intimate piano and whistle melodies - this album is never predictable but often joyful and full of gorgeous playing. Nick's low whistle improvisation on 'Lament for the Lost', reminiscent of Davy Spillane's best work, is a fine example of the heartfelt vision of this project, as is his choice of international supporting cast, whose skillfully weaved layers are the delicious icing on the cake. I can thoroughly recommend stepping 'out of the ashes' into the refreshing beauty of Nick's instrumental landscapes."
~Nigel Cameron, Celtish / Sounds of Wonder Music
“Quite beautiful. It strikes me that the music recordings lend themselves very well to film music.”
"Out of the Ashes" is an amazing, lavishly orchestrated collection of multi-instrumental music that is all at once energizing, meditative and epic in scope. It's Celtic overtones evoke evocative, etherial imagery that could be a motion picture soundtrack or enjoyed in a meditative capacity. Wonderful!"
“Very nice! Love the production values and the very full, almost epic movie soundtrack it evokes. My faves upon first impression are Staying Home, The Piper's Folly, Lament for the Lost (chills on that one), and At the Gates. Congrats!!”
~Susan J. A. Ritta (Celtic music radio show host)
"Great! Big production, well done
"This album is a series of soundscapes built around the central pivot of the whistle.
Each track has its own narrative, with the melodies intertwining with well sculped sound envelopes that create mood and texture. The pace ebb’s and flows throughout, with slower and ethereal sounds melding with pacier melodies, jigs and reels.
There are a host of top-class supporting musicians who in the main add to the faster paced tunes, giving those sections a new sound and even a reminiscence of great night at a session. The sound of the Dudek is a nice surprise as is the lovely haunting fiddle.
You could pick tracks to suit your mood at any given time. There are meditative themes that would sit nicely in the air as you calm your mind from a busy day, through to rousing, even electric guitar and drum driven rhythms that could stir you into action.
There are tracks that on their own would sit well within a soundtrack for film media and would help create the backdrop to either energise or calm a scene.
There is a lot to listen to here and each track can stand on its own. Your choice of which to listen to and when will be determined by the factors of your day, the place, the time and of course your mood."
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Nick Metcalf - Discography:
Out of the Ashes (2021)
Out of the Ashes is an instrumental Celtic music project completed in 2021. It features a stellar cast of guest musicians and has epic orchestrated arrangements of original and traditional music. This album has received many positive reviews as well as airplay on Celtic radio and podcast programs. The album was meant to be a soundtrack to the struggles of 2020 and 2021. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Noel is Nick's first commercially released Christmas album, as well as the first album to combine his vocal music and instrumental music. It features some fantastic guest musicians as well, and is a great collection of traditional Christmas favorites, Traditional Celtic music, as well as original songs and tunes that will brighten every holiday season. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Broken Pearl (2018)
Broken pearl is a mostly vocal album of original Christian and Worship songs. This was a very personal project where Nick shared hardships from his past as well as deep and thoughtful lyrics about his struggle to connect with God through the pain of this life. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Skyline of Skye (2018)
Skyline of Skye is an instrumental project that was about 6 years in the making. It is a collection of traditional and original Celtic music. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Metbros - Meet Love (2016)
Metbros was a collaboration between Nick and his older brother Alex. It is mostly original Christian and Worship songs with deep lyrics, and strong vocals. This was a thoughtful project dedicated to sharing that God is truly good and loving even though this life may be full of pain. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Dreams of Ireland (2011)
This album was Nick's first Celtic instrumental album, and it has some nice arrangements of traditional tunes as well as some original tunes. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Hymns on the Irish Whistle (2009)
Hymns on the Irish Whistle was Nick's first commercially released instrumental album and it is a collection of traditional hymns with contemporary arrangements and it was the first album in which Nick used all whistles and flutes of his own making. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.
Change Your World (2007)
Change Your World was Nick's first full scale production and features all original Christian vocal music along with a bit of whistle playing mixed in. You can find it and all other music by Nick Metcalf on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Youtube, Amazon music, and just about anywhere you can purchase and listen to music online.