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Hobbyhorse Goes Back To Its Pagan Roots With 'Fire and Snow'
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San Francisco Bay area, folk/rock duo Hobbyhorse returns to its
mystical pagan roots with the release of their latest single "Fire and
Snow," about Moll Dyer, a woman who was burned as a witch in
Leonardtown, Maryland back in the late 1600's.
According to legend, Moll Dyer was a mysterious woman who lived alone
and had knowledge of herbal healing. During a harsh winter, the
townspeople became suspicious of her and accused her of being a witch.
They came to her door one night and set her house on fire. Moll fled to
the nearby woods. She collapsed on a rock, balanced one hand upon it,
and raised the other while calling a curse down upon the town. A young
boy found her the next day. On the rock was burned an impression of her
hand and knee. In 1975 a historian located the site where her house may
have been. Not far away was a large 875 pound boulder with what looked
like the marks of Moll's hand and knee. Download the track on Hobbyhorse's myspace
"Our song brings to life Moll's last moments when she is trapped between
the extreme elements of fire and snow," explained Hobbyhorse singer
Annie. "There is no hope for her to survive, but she expresses her power
as she curses the town that treated her so wrongly. Her spirit is strong
and lives in this legend, in ghostly sightings and beyond."
Hobbyhorse's music is in the spirit of experimentation and the expansion
of the imagination. They take psychedelic folk/rock into the present day
with their poetic songwriting and adventurous arrangements. The duo has
returned from a year in the studio recording their latest full-length
release "Break in the Clouds," which has been growing on the broadcast
airwaves with stations in Canada, Australia and across the US adding it
to their playlist.
"Traditional in one sense, quietly experimental in others, Hobbyhorse's
Break in the Clouds embodies the magic that is woven in the art of folk
music - and by folk music I mean music that is authentic, spirited
manifest from the love of creation rather than 'music industry' profit
motive." Seldom Heard Radio
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