The Mystic Flautist, also known as Don Modderman, is an accomplished multi instrumentalist and vocalist. He has in the past contributed accordion, keyboards, banjo, an army of flutes (tin, wooden, silver, etc.) and original songs to Crofter's Revenge, as well as his own projects.
Don's newest project takes over from where his 'Garden' CD left off. It is tentatively called 'Sea and Sky' - it will combine Mystic and Celtic flavours on a wide variety of flutes and instruments. Look for well known guest artists such Andrew Konoff on fiddle and Steve McDonnell on guitar. The first single: 'Building a Ship' will be released soon.
Also stay tuned for more pictures of Judi's wonderfully evocative art!
Don's Mystic Flute Ensemble is available for live performances at Festivals, special events or music cafes.
Don is also available for Medieval events, performing Medieval & Renaissance tunes and songs on mandola, keyboards, flutes and recorders.
Review of 'Garden'
By CALVIN DANIELS
Don Modderman is one of those artists you have probably never heard of, and that is truly a shame. The Regina-based musician is very talented, offering a variety of music, including being a (former)member of the fun Celtic band Crofter’s Revenge whose debut Ghost Ship was reviewed here in July 2008. Garden is a solo effort from Modderman, and is significantly different from the Celtic genre.
On this disk Modderman highlights his versatility. While you may best remember what you hear on Garden for Modderman’s flute work, he also offers us accordion, bass and keyboards. The key is a multifaceted instrumentalist for sure. The disk starts out with a beautiful instrumental piece; Life is a Journey. It might be the best of the songs here. From there, the music falls into that intriguing realm where it simply is not easy to classify. Modderman goes on extended musical explorations on Garden. Not one song clocks in at under four-minutes, and three eclipse six. The length allows the artist to do some interesting instrumental efforts, adding vocals to the seven songs which follow the instrumental opening. At times, the music sort of has a 60’s soft rock feel, such as on the title cut. You could see it played at some peace rally at an American college.
On other cuts the music has a more folkish feel, such as with Back In Time. The strength here is the instrumental work.
Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 11, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada
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Don's Mystic Traveller solo project
Thanks to Judi Bellamy for the great artwork and loving support, Elizabeth Raum for the fantastic oboe part, plus CW for the manufacturing of disc, CDance crew and Crofter's gang for help on the trax!
And Steve McDonnell: Dalek Design for website and additional recording.
thanks for listening .....
"We think it is BRILLIANT! don't really know what I expected, but it is in the car player at the moment and I'm listening to it each journey. Lot of influences in there, but also very much his own style, lovely lyrics and a great voice. Very professional cover too, you should all be really proud of this!"
- John B from England
Don's earlier Mystic Traveller
CD's, 'Steps of Romance' & 'Early Mystic' are available from Don directly at: