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Captain Kidd was an incurable romantic, and life took unkind advantage of that fact. His nautical career and life were unceremoniously shortened by a series of unfortunate circumstances that turned Kidd into an unwitting outlaw. The Royal Navy, his crew his very dream and even the hangman’s rope conspired against Kidd. And when one’s dreams get the better of him, he may end up like Kidd, lifeless body hanging in an elevated cage at the mouth of a river as a warning to future pirates. It could easily be said that he was double-crossed by ‘life, its own self’.

But Kidd’s unfortunate saga has provided Tempest with fodder for their newest album, “The Double-Cross”. The idea that a dogged perseverance to pursue the romantic ideal not always being the wise path — and those who wish to make their way must use assets they truly possess. With a loose conceptual thread running through this musically and culturally rich recording, Tempest has reached a level of musical maturity that only experienced, road-seasoned bands can achieve.

The simple description of Tempest would probably be “Celtic Rock Band”. But that is far too limiting for this crew. In the most literal sense, Tempest is a world music band. Each of the five members originally hails from a different spot on the globe. Group founder, Lief Sorbye (lead vocals, mandolins and a wide range of folk instruments), hails from Oslo, Norway. Adolfo Lazo (drums) was born in Havana, Cuba. Ronan Carroll (guitars and harmony vocals) is from Dublin, Ireland. Ariane Cap (bass and harmony vocals) calls Innsbruck, Austria her birthplace. The lone American is high-energy madman, Michael Mullen (fiddle, viola and harmony vocals) from Fresno, CA. The musical result of this multi-cultural concoction is a fresh, challenging approach to musical territory that must only be entrusted to musicians as skilled as the members of Tempest.

Tempest is a vital, successful band that has developed a following that higher media profile bands could only hope to attain. This band has released a dozen albums, toured the United States and various parts of the world headlining major music events, (The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and Dublin Irish Festival) Tempest is the real deal — a band that developed the old fashioned way: through the hard work of touring and winning over their fans one by one.

“The Double-Cross” is consistent with Tempest’s other recordings in that the material is drawn from folk- and traditional roots-based music and presented through the rock idiom. Yet it cuts a swath through an area where none of the previous albums have gone before. Songs such as “Captain Kidd” and “Hangman” are carefully crafted in the folk tradition. “Cabar Feidh” (with an assist from Los Angeles-based “Wicked Tinkers”) is a high energy, tribal sounding rave-up. “Per Spelmann” is an adaptation of a Norwegian folk song — and fiddle tunes such as “Wizard’s Walk” and “Black Eddy” are rife with freshness and authenticity. “Whoever You Are” is a more contemporary approach for Tempest with a thoughtful message delivered by tuneful vocalists. There’s even a Finnish polka to make “The Double-Cross” an album that can be listened to over and over again, all the while discovering new, subtle elements. “The Double-Cross” is the album that will take Tempest to a new level of popularity.

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released February 21, 2006

LIEF SORBYE – lead vocals, mandolins,
octave mandolas, harmonica, flute, bodhran, tambourine
ADOLFO LAZO – drums
MICHAEL MULLEN – fiddle, viola, harmony vocals
RONAN CARROLL – guitars, harmony vocals
ARIANE CAP – bass, harmony vocals

With special guests:
ROBERT BERRY – keyboards

Wicked Tinkers:
AARON SHAW – bagpipes
WARREN CASEY – tapan
KEITH JONES – snare drum, djembe
JAY ATWOOD – didgeridoo

Recorded and mixed on Pro Tools HD
Produced and engineered by Robert Berry
at Soundtek Studios in Campbell, California
Mastered by Jim Brick at Absolute Audio, New Jersey
Band photography by Don Corning
Front cover painting, Stormy Seas, by Andy Simmons
Layout and design by David G. Danglis / Pinwheel Creative

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Track Name: Captain Kidd
My name is William Kidd and I sailed and I sailed
They called me Captain Kidd and I sailed
My name is Captain Kidd and they sanctioned what I did
Then they double-crossed the bid as I sailed as I sailed
And they double-crossed the bid, as I sailed

It was Sarah that I wed 'for I sailed 'for I sailed
It was Sarah that I wed ‘for I sailed
Widow Sarah I did wed and no Pirate in her bed
Was a Privateer instead then I sailed then I sailed
Was a Privateer instead then I sailed

My name is Captain Kidd they sanctioned what I did
Then they double-crossed the bid as I sailed

And then mutiny began as I sailed, as I sailed
And then mutiny began as I sailed
When the mutiny was led hit the gunner on the head
Then William Moore was dead as I sailed as I sailed
Then William Moore was dead as I sailed

And on the Pirate sea then I sailed then I sailed
And on the Pirate sea then I sailed
And so a Pirate be the Adventure Prize for me
And on to the Caribee did we sail did we sail
And on to the Caribee did we sail

The winds of fortune changed as I sailed as I sailed
The winds of fortune changed as I sailed
A wanted man became Black Pirate on the main
So to Boston we did aim as I sailed as I sailed
So to Boston we did aim as I sailed

To London to be tried and we sailed and we sailed
To London to be tried and we sailed
To London for to hang and they did it once again
Since the rope it wasn't strong no it failed no it failed
And they had to hang me twice when it failed
Track Name: Hangman
Hangman hold your rope and hold it for awhile
For I think I see my father coming over yonder stile
Father did you bring me gold or silver to pay my fee
And to save my body from the cold clay ground
And my neck from the Gallows Tree
No I didn't bring you gold nor have I brought any fee
For I have come to see you hang upon the Gallows Tree

Oh the Gallows Pole it grieves my heart full sore
And if I don't make the hangman's fee
I'll swing from the Gallows Tree

Hangman hold your rope and hold it for awhile
For I think I see my mother coming over yonder stile
Mother did you bring me gold or silver to pay my fee

And to save my body from the cold clay ground
And my neck from the Gallows Tree
No I didn't bring you gold nor have I brought any fee
For I have come to see you hang upon the Gallows Tree

Hangman stay your hand and stay it for awhile
For I think I see my true love coming riding many mile
Lover did you bring me gold or silver to pay my fee
Or have you come to see me hang from the Gallows Tree
Yes, I brought you gold and silver to pay your fee
For I could not bear to see you hang
from the Gallows Tree
Track Name: Whoever You Are
Whoever you are
Is with you through the grave
Even though you want
To leave it or to save

Such mad things, you and I
Kings of a land unfurled
To think we leave the past
And walk on through the world

If only we can know
The layers of the self
We would never try to leave
Our youth upon a shelf

The who we know would fall
If built upon thin air
Throw the bones of a colored past
And move on when you’re there

Rich the treasure that we keep
And every day we've seen
Travels along upon the pass
Of what will be and has been
Track Name: Per Spelmann
Per Spelmann han hadde ei einaste ku
Per Spelmann han hadde ei einaste ku
Han bytte bort kua fekk fela igjen
Han bytte bort kua fekk fela igjen
Du gode gamle fiolin, du fiolin, du fela mi

Per Spelman han spela og fela ho let
Så gutane dansa og jentene gret
Per Spelman han spela og fela va go
Så gutane dansa og jentene lo
Du gode gamle fiolin, du fiolin, du fela mi

Og om eg vart gammal som stein under bru
Så aldri eg byter bort fela for ku
Du gode gamle fiolin, du fiolin, du fela mi

Og om eg vert gammal som mose på tre
Så aldri eg byter bort fela for fe
Og om eg vart gammal som skorpe på graut
Så aldri eg byter bort fela for naut
Du gode gamle fiolin, du fiolin, du fela mi
Track Name: Eppy Moray
Four-and-twenty Highland men come from the Carron side
To carry away Eppy Moray for she would not be a bride, a bride
She would not be a bride

Then out came her mother for it was a moonlit night
She could not see her daughter for the moon it shone so bright, so bright
The moon it shone so bright

Hold away from me, mother, hold away from me!
There's not a man in all this land should married be with me, with me
Should married be with me

They've taken Eppy Moray, and a horse they've bound her on
And they had rid to a minister's house as fast as horse could run, could run
As fast as horse could run

Then Willie he's taken his pistol out and set it to the minister's breast
Oh marry me, marry me, minister, or else I'll be your priest, your priest
Or else I'll be your priest

Get away from me, Willie, get away from me!
I not avow to marry you unless she's willing as thee, as thee
Unless she's willing as thee

They've taken Eppy Moray then, she'd better could not be
And they have rid over Carron side as fast as horse could flee, could flee
As fast as horse could flee

Mass was sung and bells were rung and they were off to bed
And Willie and Eppy Moray, in one bed they were laid, were laid
In one bed they were laid

He's taken the sack from off his back and kicked away his shoes
And thrown away the chamber key, and naked he's lay down, lay down
And naked he's lay down

Get away from me, Willie, get away from me!
Before I lose my maidenhead I'll try my strength with thee, with thee
I'll try my strength with thee

He's kissed her on the lily breast and held her shoulders two
But aye she grat and aye she spat and turned to the wall, the wall
And turned to the wall

All through the night they wrestled there until the light of day
And Willie grat and Willie swat but he could not stretch her spey, her spey
He could not stretch her spey

Weary for you, Willie, then, for you could not prove a man
For if you gained her maidenhead, she would have held your hand, your hand
She would have held your hand

Go away from me, Lady, go away from me!
There's not a man in all this land shall married be with me, with me
Shall married be with me

Go fetch me a horse, and fetch it like a man
And send me back to my mother, a maiden as I came, I came
A maiden as I came

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