Lord Albion, the Wayward Minstrel of Eir Dun (longtime Butte musician and conductor Steve Robinson), will hold a CD release party for his first CD at the Grand Hotel, 122 W. Broadway (above the Quarry), from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.
His album SCAdian Favourites is a collection of Renaissance Faire music — a growing genre that includes traditional folk songs from Ireland to Italy, songs from the '50s folk revival, and music from current Celtic and medieval rock bands.
The album includes two songs by Montana musicians: "The Legend of Knockgrafton," written by Butte’s Zoe Wood while she was with Dublin Gulch, and "Honour Bound," a song by the Mission Mountain Wood Band's Rob Quist that has become popular at Renaissance-themed weddings.
The album also features instrumental interludes from Sleeping Hound musicians Dave Griffith, playing mandolin on the Irish ballad "Brennan on the Moor," and Karin Hilding, adding flute and recorder to "The Gypsy Rover" and "Wild Rippling Waters."
The influence of Solas can be heard in his "Newry Highwayman," and Blackmore’s Night was the inspiration for his version of "The Lovesick Maid."
Lord Albion will be performing all the songs from his album plus pieces by The Elders, Thin Lizzy, and Golden Bough.