The instruments on this album were Great Highland Bagpipes, acoustic guitar, long drum, whistle, bombarde, biniou koz, peaucloche, voices, cylinder drums, and tabla. The song Bretonia was based on a melody of a Breton love song, "J'ai travaillé la longue des jours," as sung to the band by Pierrig Hercelin of Les Fougerets. Rare Air toured the world, and was especially popular in the southern United States. Their early music took the sounds of Celtic music from Ireland, Brittany and North America and combined it with funky bass rhythms and driving Polynesian percussion. In 1990, two of the four founding members, Trevor Ferrier and Richard Murai, left to pursue their own musical interests, and the band changed musical direction with the addition of Christian Frappier, Jeff Gill and Rich Greenspoon.
Rare Air's music became more jazz-oriented and it was soon tagged with the "jazz fusion" label. After the last album, Space Piper, the group disbanded. Discography: Stick It in Your Ear (1981) Rare Air (1982) Mad Plaid (1984) Hard to Beat (1987) Primeval (1989) Space Piper (circa 1991) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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