"This seven-piece band play a rich and original blend of folk, Celtic and World music...irresistible rhythms, memorable melodies, superb vocals and inspired musicianship." Maverick Magazine 2011
"Their latest offering, is one of their finest – tuneful, dynamic and with plenty of smart lyrics and restrained energy. Between the bluesy moods, ringing guitars and appealing accordions you can just catch a glimpse of the best modern album David Crosby never made." Tough magazine autumn 2010
"For nearly 15 years now this driven musical collective lead by the visionary DeCicco brothers just can't stop the potency of their music and the uncanny enchantment it spreads amongst all of us who have been fortunate enough to hear the music and follow their journey...Max Reinhardt BBC 3 presenter on Late Junction 2010
Civilized World 2010 ...Latest Cd
The new album is an inspired collection of songs that bridges the years of the Praying for the Rain sound. From the opening song, Jerolim, the listener is drawn into beautiful melodies, harmonies and rhythm, which sets the contemporary mood of the album. Always known for their innovative approach to music and sound, this new Cd blends traditional and
modern cultures, world music with folk/roots, creating
a rich, intriguing tapestry of acoustic ambience.
On Fallen Star, the use of pulsing Bodhrans with featured violin
and accordion, together with superb guitar playing, shows the versatile nature of the band in a distinctive Celtic Italian feel. The album is filled with stunning musical performances, movements and intriguing vocal arrangements, like in the hypnotic groove of Rhythm of Life and the enticing guitar playing on the swampy Coffee Cup, to the sublime and meditative Sacred Stones, bringing a timeless resonance to this latest recording.
One of the most dynamic & compelling bands performing today,
their unique style combines contemporary acoustic
music with an eclectic mix of world sounds and rhythms, together
with beautifully crafted harmonies and emotive lead vocals.
Their music brings to mind the sound and spirit of a modern blend of Crosby, Stills and Nash and Robert Plant to Fleet Foxes and Peter Gabriel, creating a truly uplifting & high energy experience. Co-founded by Canadian/Italian brothers, Domenic and Vince DeCicco, the band have gathered a large following through the years and continue to maintain an alluring excitement with their live performances. They have travelled throughout Europe, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East and have performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Frome Festival, Womad, Trowbridge Pump, Stainsby and at London’s Union Chapel and South Bank as part of a world music series presented by the National Theatre.
for the Rain is comprised of a group of musicians who play music
from the heart. That is to say that the inspiration comes from within.
Since the early part of the 1990's, they have shared this inspiration
and sheer enthusiasm with audiences worldwide. From their beginning,
the group's vision comes from Domenic and Vincenzo DeCicco, two brothers
who are united in their search for meaning beyond words, melody and
structure. Originally from Canada and sons of Italian immigrants,
they now reside in the UK. The influences in their music come from
many sources. On some early albums, one can hear a combination of tribal elements from Canada
to Australia. Much of the spirit of the music comes from the wide
variety of instruments used and the places they've travelled to. More recently, with the release of their latest Cd, Civilized World, the writing has come full circle, blending their early roots sounds with an exciting blend of contemporary acoustic and world music, that has always been their unique trademark. Focusing on the strength of their songwriting with wonderful four and five part harmonies, emotive lead vocals, together with superb instrumentation and guitar playing throughout, they continue to move forward in challenging themselves with their approach to their music.
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Lead vocals, guitars, flutes, Oud,
darabouka, djembe, hand drum.
Accordion, vocals, hand drums,
multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and producer, domenic has worked with many artists over the years including; David Coulter, Robin Hogarth, Rumer, Hiroki Okano, & the international group
Bamboo, Cedar, Oak. He is currently promoting his new solo album/project entitled - Seeds of Evergreen.
co-founder and writer of the band praying for the rain, vince
is not only an accomplished accordion player, but also plays keyboards, sings and plays the djembe. He has appeared on several
cd's including with artist's Faithless and Pooka. and has appeared playing his accordion in the film the Tenth Kingdom.
The Name - Praying for the Rain
is the name of a song, which is about family and village life in the
farming mountain communities in Calabria (southern Italy), where the brothers ancestry is from... It is about
giving thanks for the food and life we receive from the earth. The name is also a metaphor for change. It is a prayer for the waters to
wash away the past and give hope to the peoples of the earth. It is
a vision of the world where all cultures and religions can live side
by side and embrace their differences, to have the freedom to be ourselves
and to believe as people we are all unique and
truly brothers and sisters. With open arms and hearts anything is possible.
DeCicco - Vocals, guitars, flutes, percussion
Vince DeCicco - Accordion,keyboards, vocals, percussion
Malcolm Darwen - Bass, Bodhran, vocals
Amanda Easton - Djembe, darabouka, vocals, chimes
Delagh King - Vocals, Bodhran, rainstick
James DeHaan - Drums
Paul Sax - Violin
John Mead - Tibetan Bowls
Tom Pepler - Drums
Chris Hurn - Cello
Vanessa Vine - Didgeridoo
Jem Friar - Didegeridoo
Karlos "Kwame" Baah - drums and percussion
Tom Green - Mbira
Julia Palmer - Cello
Tom Simenauer - Tablas
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