The Observance Of Holy Days

by Raising Holy Sparks

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Was Ist Das? one of those albums that so intense you forget what you're doing and who you're listening to and just lose yourself completely in it. Overwhelming but in a good way Favorite track: Crossing Kaew Neua Pass.


'Ah & the monks' ritual ringing of the bells & beating of the drums at four in the morning... To be awake in that cold, still hour & hear this holy thing... To know that loneliness is impossible if I can set my heart to pound along with this slow breath of bells... & then the dogs & cats & roosters call out too, dissipating into the night on the shadows of prayers. I swear you can almost touch the moon, stars & planets from here & really imagine their impossibly hot & impossibly cold orbits. I'm raving now but the river & mountain mist will snake around you like a procession of ghosts. You can sip the air here & feel that you are drinking a new world...' Luang Prabang, Laos, November 2008.


released October 5, 2013

David Colohan - Aboriginal Clapsticks, Autoharp, Electronic Shruti Box, Field Recordings, Harmonium, Hosepipe, Raj Nplaim, Swarmandal, Sampled Mellotron & Prophet 5, Trombone & Voice
Declan Kelly - Voice (1,2 & 4)
Gavin Prior - Cat Bells & Chimes (2) & Voice (1,2 & 4)
Enda Trautt - Aboriginal Clapsticks & Mridangam (2)
Casey Denman - Saz (2)
Vicky Langan - RCA Theremin (2) & Voice (1)
Gary Morrison - Modular Synthesizer (2)
Willie Stewart - Cymbals (2)
The audience at Baily Point, Salthill (14-08-12) - Voices (1)

Thanks to Richard Moult, Woven Skull, Hob Junker for additional recording on (1) .

Recorded in Ireland... Below ground in Salthill & above ground in Ballymahon, Clarinbridge, Dublin, Drumnadubber & St. John's Church in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim & inside Cairn G in the Megalithic Graveyard on Carrowkeel Mountain, County Sligo... at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos, in Eastbourne, East Sussex & in the Museum of Broadcasting in Minnesota.

'Inhale The Void & Hold It In' takes its title from 'These Blues are not for Sale' by Ira Cohen (February 3, 1935 – April 25, 2011). 'The Observance Of Holy Days' is dedicated to his memory.

'Well, everything is holy if you're in a holy place, I suppose.'
Ira Cohen



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'An eerie loveliness that should really be soundtracking a Werner Herzog film; indeed Popol Vuh’s work provides a useful reference point for Raising Holy Sparks as, similar to Vuh, the music herein is almost religious in its solemnity and grace.' The Active Listener ... more

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