Celtic Vocalist LEAH Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Upcoming "Ancient Winter" Album


Symphonic/Celtic vocalist LEAH - described affectionately by her fans as "the metal Enya" - has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her upcoming winter-themed album, Ancient Winter. A variety of bundle packages are available for per-order directly at AncientWinter.com.

When I went to create this album, I had the idea of making music that was a bit more accessible than my regular symphonic metal music, while also drawing on themes that really inspire me such as gothic and medieval culture, ancient melodies and fantasy. What I ended up with is holiday music for people who hate holiday music. I would describe Ancient Winter as earthy, atmospheric, gothic, worldly and medieval. I hope this becomes a favorite for metal and non-metal fans alike!

Ancient Winter features eight tracks - five of which are originals and three traditional century medieval songs that LEAH puts her own unique touch on.

It’s a mixture of several musical genres and styles, but still it makes something whole and round,” says fiddle/viola/violin player Shir-Ran Yinon. “On one hand you have the Celtic and folk music style...but you also have the orchestral parts that are really epic and are taken a bit more toward the film music direction. You also have parts that are medieval and renaissance style and a few songs are really based on traditional melodies.

With the help of a generous and dedicated fanbase, LEAH has been able to crowdsource and fund three of her five recordings without the assistance of a record label. These effective crowdfunding campaigns have also afforded LEAH the opportunity to bring in top-notch talent to play alongside her beautiful vocals. A diverse cast of musicians - including Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling), Shir-Ran Yinon (Eluveitie), Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma) and renowned string musician - join LEAH on Ancient Winter, adding an international flavor to the album.

LEAH's first four albums, Of Earth and Angels (2012), Otherworld (2013), Kings & Queens (2015), and The Quest (2018) are a rapturous blend of a symphonic metal style carefully spiced with Celtic, folk and fantasy. Her emotive vocals are often compared to Loreena McKennitt, Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan.

Ancient Winter, however, offers a slight departure from symphonic metal into a more atmospheric, ethereal sound. It is a more earthy sounding album filled with new instrumentation such as fiddles and uilleann pipes which give it a beautiful harmony of middle eastern feeling and Celtic folk and fantasy.

This new album we made is very different from all previous releases because it’s the first one that does completely without the element of metal,” says musician Oliver Philipps, who also oversaw production and orchestration. “It turned out pretty great. When LEAH came to me with the idea of doing this winter album, I liked the idea very much.

Ancient Winter represents a new approach to holiday music as it celebrates winter themes in a way that is sure to give it a wider appeal. This is not simply a "Christmas album" but rather an emotional journey into transcendent ideals that will inspire any listener from anywhere. Visit www.ancient.com for a preview of the album.

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Rickie McCanna