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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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Holy Hive New York

Homer Steinweiss, the Brooklyn based soul-funk drummer, always had a soft spot for folk music. Paul Spring, a young folk singer traveling the country, always had a falsetto in his back pocket. They met on a farm in Minnesota and enlisted collaborators Joe Harrison and Shannon Wise to create their folk-soul sound. Holy Hive’s sophomore album “Holy Hive” arrives Sept. 24, 2021 on Big Crown Records. ... more

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