If Blackmore's Night
had existed back in the late '60s and early '70s you likely would have heard them on the progressive/alternative radio stations who thrived on the kind of music that was difficult to neatly stuff into in existing genre. Of course, Ritchie Blackmore
was making music back then, as a founding member of Deep Purple
. And his professional (and marital) partner, Candice Night
was, well, just being born in 1971.
Those who insist on all music having a neat little box to fit in have tried to define Blackmore's Night's music variously as folk rock, progressive rock, Celtic, new age, and my personal favorite (not) neo-medieval. In a 2008 About.com Classic Rock interview
, Night suggested she would prefer that it just be categorized as music. "I feel like music is such a great freedom, especially if it's in this band. We have such an amazing creative freedom to do anything, whether it’s a Joan Baez cover, a rock song, a traditional Russian drinking song. I feel like that’s really the true spirit of music." A Night in York
is BN's third live album (they also have seven studio releases in their catalog) and, like the other two, it demonstrates how audience-friendly their music is. Blackmore's name is a draw, as is his fairly frequent interjection of electric guitar jamming reminiscent of his Deep Purple and Rainbow
alma maters. This album, recorded in York, England in 2011, also shines a bright light on Night's exquisitely clear, expressive voice, her skill as a songwriter, and her mastery of a variety of instruments. A Night in York
is available on CD, vinyl LP, and MP3.