As I’ve already mentioned, every interview will be accompanied by the list of “recommendations” made by my interlocutors – e.g. songs worth listening to or books worth reading. I asked Mariusz Migałka (Circle of Bards, Mr.Hyde) to recommend some artists playing folk (in different forms) and rock.
MM: I’m a flesh and blood rock and metal fan. Circle of Bards is the outcome of my experience with the kind of heavy metal that Blind Guardian or Rhapsody of Fire play and listening to the music of artists that combine these two trends.
If I can recommend any artist from the circle of folk or so-called world music, I encourage you to study the music of Loreena McKennit or Blackmore’s Night, not to mention the obligatory Clannad. If someone drowns oneself in their music, he or she will certainly delve deeper into the subject and discover more great groups
As a fan of rock I would advise you to start your journey from the classics, like Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake or Dio. I wouldn’t say no to the achievements of the bands like Jorn, Blind Guardian, Masterplan or Edguy. Personally, I also listen to heavier pieces: Slayer, Megadeth, Testament or Children of Bodom. I could list such bands endlessly… The truth is – if you drown yourself in this kind of music, you won’t be able to resist it – you’ll delve deeper and deeper, always searching for more. This is where the beauty of being a fan lies.
Here are a few songs you can start your musical journey with:
* Loreena McKennit – ”The Mystic’s Dream”
* WhiteSnake “Here I Go Again”
* Jorn “Traveller”
* Blind Guardian – “The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)”