Sharon Knight

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Sharon Knight
Sharon Knight drum.jpg
Background information
Birth name Sharon Elizabeth Knight
Genres Celtic, neofolk, rock, folk metal, world, new age
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Voice, guitar, mandola, percussion
Years active 1986-present
Labels Trance Jam Records
Associated acts Pandemonaeon
Sharon Knight & T. Thorn Coyle
Hands Upon Black Earth
First of May
Raven
Website Official website

Sharon Knight is a San Francisco-based neopagan composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist known for writing, recording, and performing Celtic fusion music she calls Neofolk Romantique.[1] She also records and performs harder edged music with Middle Eastern themes as the frontperson of the pagan rock[2]/folk metal[3] group Pandemonaeon.[4] Knight is the co-owner of Trance Jam Records.

Biography[edit]

Sharon Elizabeth Knight was born on January 8, 1966 and was raised in Redwood City, California. She studied in the Feri tradition of witchcraft with Gabriel Carrillo[5] and has also studied Thelema and Tibetan Buddhism.[6] In 1994, she married the German musician Winter, who has been her musical collaborator since.

Career[edit]

Knight's first album, Incantation, was released in 1996, followed by the self-titled Pandemonaeon debut (2001), Temple of Dreams-Live! (2003), and her second solo album, Song of the Sea [7] (2004), which features two duets with Shay Black of the Black Family.[8] Two of Knight's songs from Song of the Sea, "May Morning Dew" and "Song of the Sea", also appear on Sequoia Records' Celtic Lounge I (2006) and Celtic Lounge II (2007). The latter also contains a music video for "Song of the Sea.[9][10] Knight has also collaborated with electronica artist Hands Upon Black Earth (Hands Upon Black Earth, 2004; Translucent, 2009), pagan author T. Thorn Coyle (Songs for the Waning Year: A Collection of Chants to Celebrate the Dark Time of the Year, 2008; Songs for the Strengthening Sun: A Collection of Chants to Celebrate the Return of the Sun, 2009). Her third Pandemonaeon album, Dangerous Beauty, was released in 2010. In 2013 Knight released her third solo album, Neofolk Romantique, another blend of original songs and Celtic traditionals.[1]

Knight and Winter have been touring nationally since 2010.[11]

Genre and work[edit]

Knight's solo work has generally been classified by some retailers as Celtic new age[8] even though there are many more cross-cultural elements involved in her music. The same is true for her rock/folk metal band, Pandemonaeon, which due to its Middle Eastern and Goth influence, she describes as "music for bellydancers in combat boots."[12] In her Celtic work, Knight is most often compared to Loreena McKennitt and Stevie Nicks,[13] although her early musical influences are Planxty, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, and Fairport Convention.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Flowinglass Music - First of May, For Earth and Her People (1986)[14][15]
  • Morrigan Records - Various Artists, Fire & Stone: Pagan Rock Volume 1 (1999)
  • Trance Jam Records[16]

Sharon Knight, Incantation (1996)
Pandemonaeon, Pandemonaeon (2001)
Pandemonaeon, Temple of Dreams - Live! (2003)
Sharon Knight, Siren Songs (2004)
Sharon Knight, Song of the Sea (2004)
Sharon Knight & T. Thorn Coyle, Songs for the Waning Year: A Collection of Chants to Celebrate the Dark Time of the Year, (2008)
Sharon Knight & T. Thorn Coyle, Songs for the Strengthening Sun: A Collection of Chants to Celebrate the Return of the Sun, (2009)
Pandemonaeon, Dangerous Beauty (2010)[17]
Sharon Knight, Neofolk Romantique (2013)
Sharon Knight, Portals (2016)

  • Seqouia Records

Various Artists, Celtic Lounge I (2006)[18]
Various Artists, Celtic Lounge II (2007)[10]

  • Cyberset Music - Hands Upon Black Earth, Hands Upon Black Earth (2004)[19][20]
  • Hrair Tanielian - Raven, 345-S (2008)[21]
  • Asizazoon Music - Hands Upon Black Earth, Translucent (2009)
  • Banshee Records - Various Artists, The Best of Pagan Folk 2 (2012)[22]

Videos[edit]

Song of the Sea[23] (El Mundo Bueno Studios, 2007)
Stretched on Your Grave[24] (El Mundo Bueno Studios, 2009)

Other[edit]

Cry For the Forest[25] (Earthfilms, 1998, a short film about Julia Butterfly's Luna tree-sit, soundtrack use)
Dark Imaginations[26] (Anaar, 2008, bellydance instructional DVD, soundtrack contribution)
Beatific Vision[27] (Sountru, 2008, feature film, DVD, soundtrack contribution)
The Commune[28] (Elisabeth Fies, 2009, feature film, DVD, soundtrack contribution)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Interview in witches & pagans, Issue 26, April 2013, published by BBI Media, Forest Grove, OR (ISSN 1546-2838)
  2. ^ "WebCite query result". Webcitation.org. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  3. ^ "The Wild Hunt - A modern Pagan perspective.". Wildhunt.org. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  4. ^ Interview in Crescent Magazine, Vol. 4, Issue 1, March 2003, published by North Wind Studios, Pacifica
  5. ^ "Covenant of the Goddess". Cog.org. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  6. ^ Interview in Modern Pagans: An Investigation of Contemporary Pagan Practices by John Sulak and V. Vale. San Francisco: RE/Search Publications, 2002. ISBN 1-889307-10-6
  7. ^ [1] Archived May 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b "Song of the Sea - Sharon Knight | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2005-03-22. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Celtic Lounge II - Song of the Sea - Sharon Knight". YouTube.com. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  10. ^ a b James Christopher Monger (2007-04-10). "Celtic Lounge, Vol. 2 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  11. ^ [2] Archived July 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ [3] Archived February 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Review Digest - Review of Song Of The Sea at Musical Discoveries". Musicaldiscoveries.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  14. ^ "For Earth and Her People - First of May | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  15. ^ "Reviews of Wicca Folk and Neo-Pagan releases page 2". Homestead.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  16. ^ "Sharon Knight | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  17. ^ "Pandemonaeon - Dangerous Beauty - CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  18. ^ "Celtic Lounge - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  19. ^ "Hands Upon Black Earth - Hands Upon Black Earth | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  20. ^ "Bobby Cochran (HUBE) - Interview :: 10/07/05 :: John Dunphy". Musictap.net. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  21. ^ "345 S - Raven | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  22. ^ "AL!VE AG - Vertrieb - Entertainmentbranche". Alive-ag.de. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  23. ^ Celtic Lounge II - Song of the Sea - Sharon Knight. YouTube.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  24. ^ Sharon Knight - Stretched On Your Grave. YouTube.com. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  25. ^ "Grassroots media - Direct Action Videos". Earthfilms.org. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  26. ^ YouTube. Youtube.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  27. ^ "Beatific Vision (2008)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  28. ^ "The Commune: A New Cult Classic (2009)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 

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