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Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore Brings His Gypsy Caravan "Blackmore's Night" to SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Legendary guitar master Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow is bringing his traditional folk band, Blackmore's Night, to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.  For fans of Renaissance festivals and British folk music, this will be "an ethereal night of magic and mystery."

Blackmore veered away from hard rock in the late 1990s and began concentrating on the Renaissance-era music he loved, forming Blackmore's Night with his wife, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night.  They recruited other musicians from around the world and combined elements of world music, renaissance, new age, folk, and rock. Blackmore has not retired his Fender Stratocaster entirely, but he plays acoustic guitar almost exclusively in Blackmore's Night. The band's sound blends Blackmore's acoustic guitar melodies and Night's clear, ethereal voice with a range of instruments like mandolin, keyboards, pennywhistle, violin, tambourine, military drums, and hurdy-gurdies.

For tickets, contact SOPAC at 973.313.ARTS or visit

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