Celtic met­al­heads in­vade Baltics

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Af­ter head­lin­ing Moscow’s St Patrick’s Day parade in March, Dublin metal band Cru­achan continue their dom­i­na­tion of eastern Europe when they head­line Lithua­nia’s big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­val, Menuo Juo­daragis, a cel­e­bra­tion of Baltic folk­lore and cul­ture held on Lake Zarasas is­land from Au­gust 24-26. Cru­achan, whose brand of metal in­cor­po­rates pa­gan­ism and Celtic mythol­ogy, are largely un­known in Ire­land but have a healthy fan­base in other parts of Europe.

“We were con­tacted by the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers a few years ago but due to other com­mit­ments we couldn’t make it, so 2012 is our year,” the band’s vo­cal­ist, Keith Fay, told The Ticket. “They have wanted us there for some time, as we fit per­fectly with the an­cient theme of the whole thing. We’ll be shar­ing a dress­ing-room and stage with Lithua­nia’s big­gest rock star and Euro­vi­sion sen­sa­tion, An­drius Ma­mon­to­vas – that should be in­ter­est­ing!”

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