"A modern bard, who hears the stories told in the rocks, the winds, the waters..
who gathers magic from olden days and gifts the audience with it."
~Dawn McCarthy / Faun Fables
Drag City recording artist
Dalrymple MacAlpin is a playwright, composer, poet and puppeteer. He will debut his second theatrical production “Make Believe: An Archetypal Musical Theater Fairy Tale for the Young & Young at Heart.”
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
"My first love was music.
As a very young boy I made up songs and unexpected sounds to go with them."
"Children grow up believing whole heartily
in the most unbelievable things," said MacAlpin.
"So how is it we ever lose faith
in the power of our imagination?"
"MAKE BELIEVE is an absolutely prodigious and astonishing work of high-fantasy by a young master working at the height of his powers.. Inspired by the blood of his Celtic ancestors, fairy, Russian and other surprising archetypes....
THE OZ MIX
"Some theatre offers an initiation, some seeks to entertain, Make Believe does both.
It very explicitly offers the key to magic"
"If you believe in magic and even if you don't, Dalrymple MacAlpin's
Make Believe will take you to an alternate world..."
Stories this old need storytellers and musicians true, but they also need … puppets. Luckily MacAlpin has pulled together a colorful cluster of characters which aid in the telling and often take center stage themselves.
Local composer and playwright Dalrymple MacAlpin will be performing an array of selections from his highly acclaimed theatrical, musical fairy tale, “Make Believe,” which premiered early this year at the Nevada Theater...
"Dalrymple MacAlpin’s creativity is as expansive and mighty as an ancient oak. He’s an exquisite raconteur and musician, who welcomes us to saunter upon a path of sound-story wonderment."
Sound painter/ producer of Muddy Boots Podcast
"...My take on this album is that is centers around the importance of stories and storytelling. We are, after all, living collections of the stories we’ve been told and the stories we tell ourselves..."
I can imagine someone leafing through crates of vinyl at a record store, coming across The Middle Kingdom and mistaking it for an oddity from the late ’60s. ‘Is this the Incredible String Band channeling Rick Wakeman?‘, they might ask....
Take an excursion into a realm where time is but a memory, where high magic runs afoot, where the senses become tangled in a web of misty dreams, where the voices of harmony create worlds with song...
This new work has it all-catchy psych-pop songs, quasi-eastern folk freak-outs, epic bardic harp journeys, and everything in between...
"The rhythms and melodies on this record are so captivating that I can't stop listening. The songs that at first seem to gallop along merrily on further listen reveal a force that I can't recall ever hearing on a folk record..."
"...the beautiful appearance is far more attractive than the disdainful reality,
which, according to Oscar Wilde, is only an epigonal imitation of art.
Use your imagination and reality will emerge...."
ZACHARY LIPEZ (Freshkills, Publicist UK)
"...it is music that has taken on a singular place in my internal life, even after only a few months. I crave it regularly and feel weird if I go a few days without any Lasher Keen-mixed potions..."
SACRAMENTO NEWS REVIEW
Some fans have said the ritual induces incredible visions. Some swear it’s made them even see their spirit animal.
BLACK METAL & BREWS
How the man and band were capable of releasing two albums in less than a year and putting together a stage performance to pair with the more recent album is beyond my understanding, but the fact that this is fully formed and captivating is evidence enough of a true passion.
"While much music in this genre tends towards the melancholic and jaded, Lasher Keen shows us the things left in this world worth celebrating with ecstatic mirth. Lose yourself and join in the dance."
Perhaps this is one of the most telling facts of Lasher Keen’s music and presence: time and environment are displaced when listening to these captivating and otherworldly songs.
DOUG GAYLORD (Punk Retrospective)
"There is depth, subtlety, awareness, integrity, intelligence and passion in this work and, for me, that makes it genuine. "
"There are so many varying styles that every track is like getting a birthday present."
HENRY LAUER (Hex Magazine)
Lasher Keen have always evoked their own unique mythological atmosphere, and with this LP they’ve raised that talent to new heights.
(TYR, Myth, Culture, Tradition, vol.4)
Dalrymple MacAlpin’s vocals are prescient in nearly every song, echoing that in definable juncture of the natural world and the spiritual realm that should appeal to anyone with a pantheistic or heathen worldview.