By Connor Beach
The music of folk rock band Blackmore’s Night takes audiences on a journey back to the taverns of the Renaissance era with a modern rock influence.
The idea for Blackmore’s Night was hatched in 1996 in a snowy New England lodge by Ritchie Blackmore, founding member of Deep Purple, and Candice Night.
Night, 47, of Hauppauge, said the Renaissance-style melodies started as an escape from the “pressures of the rock and roll world,” but over the course of the next two decades Blackmore’s Night developed a loyal following of fans looking to share in the unique music.
Each of the band’s 11 albums is a step in the journey to bring old world melodies “up to date” in a live show that incorporates “great old tavern music with rock and roll.”
“We try to take songs from a couple of hundred years ago, and we update them with new instrumentation, new arraignments and new lyrics,” Night said.
Night said the band’s style of music often attracts “independent thinkers,” while having Blackmore, a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, on lead guitar has helped build a loyal fan base.
“Your grassroots following is always your most loyal fan base because they can see reflections of themselves in your songs,” Night said.
Night said the music seems to “strike a chord” with people who discover Blackmore’s Night outside of the mainstream popular music scene.
The atmosphere at Blackmore’s Night shows often resembles a family party, Night said, and the diverse audience act like a group of friends who just haven’t met yet.
“It becomes an escape from the stress and pressures we have today, and we find we have to do that to recharge our own batteries,” Night said.
Creating music as unique as Blackmore’s Night’s is a constant learning process, a process that Night said is still going on.
She said, “The music is teaching us, and 21 years later we continue to learn as we go along.”
Blackmore’s Night is scheduled to perform at The Paramount in Huntington on Sunday, July 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $24.50-$39.50 and can be purchased at the box office or online at Paramountny.com.