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Red Is The Rose (Folk Version)

by Holy Hive

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‘Red is the Rose’ is a traditional Irish ballad whose lyricist, like most in the Celtic canon, remains unknown. The Celtic singer borrows the Scottish melody of Loch Lomond to praise the unsurpassed beauty of a love lost. Holy Hive’s singer Paul Spring learned this tune as a 12 year old while living on the coast of Galway Bay, Ireland. The cover art is a photo his older sister Mary took of the Cliffs of Moher, which were visible on a clear day across the water from his family’s living room. This sparse acoustic recording of ‘Red is the Rose’ is both a tribute to the past and foreshadowing of a soulful full band arrangement and melodic reworking of the song which will arrive next spring on Holy Hive’s full length debut.


released October 11, 2019


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Laid back multi-instrumentalist Joe Harrison grew up on the California Coast playing horns atop the sand dunes of San Diego. High gliding vocalist and singer Paul Spring was raised in the lake speckled north country of Minnesota, plucking his guitar within red pine forests. Mighty drummer Homer Steinweiss is a Brooklyn native who has lent his sharp drumming to a venerable scene of soul legends. ... more


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