In the first week of December, Cruachan announced the departure of female vocalist Karen Gilligan:

"Karen has left Cruachan on good terms for various reasons (message from Karen below). We wish her all the best for the future. She will not be replaced!

Over the last few years we have been moving towards a more extreme sound and style, now that Karen has left we are going to continue with this plan and Keith Fay will take over full time vocal duties while John Ryan and John O Fathaigh will take on backing vocal roles.

For live concerts we are planning to adapt some of our back catalogue songs to suit this new arrangement. There are obviously some popular songs where this will not work and we plan to take a session female vocalist on tour with us. Karen has confirmed that she will appear as a guest on some tracks on the new album and this is something we are really happy about. We are looking at this as an opportunity to have a new start with Cruachan and we promise that our next release will be the greatest Cruachan album to date."

The message from Karen reads as follows: "It is with a heavy heart, I make the announcement, that I will be leaving Cruachan. I want to thank you for all your support over the years, and hope that you will continue to support the lads, as they continue on their musical journey. I have thought long and hard about making this decision and the impact it will have, but it is time for me to move on. I want to thank Keith, John Clohessey, John Ryan, Colin, & John Fay and all the past members of Cruachan for all the experiences that I have had. And especially for all the laughs that I will never, ever, forget!"


Source: cruachan.metalfan.nl
Band profile: Cruachan
 
Posted: 18.12.2008 by Arutha



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Ernis - 18.12.2008 at 15:52  
S'bronach sin....that's sad....Cruachan was always the one Irish female fronted metal band....Karen wasn't exactly Enya nor Maire but she does have an original and good voice....suited the music perfectly.....and I hoped to see'em one day with Karen singing.....and her Irish language wasn't that bad at all......
Dark Blood - 18.12.2008 at 18:14  
Argh! Very bad news!.. Karen was the best thing about Cruachan IMO.. :| I wish the best for her.
-DC-002- - 18.12.2008 at 18:25  
Why have so many people been leaving their respective bands so much lately? Its been happening consistently for a few weeks. According to when the news comes in that is
Introspekrieg - 18.12.2008 at 19:56  
Written by -DC-002- on 18.12.2008 at 18:25

Why have so many people been leaving their respective bands so much lately? Its been happening consistently for a few weeks. According to when the news comes in that is

It's because of illegal downloading... artists can't deal with the fact that their music is reaching more ears than ever before... it's just, too much to handle.
I actually am glad (well I feel bad for her, but) that she is gone. I always felt that she was the worst part about Cruachan (music-wise ) IMO. One less cupcake...
Promonex - 18.12.2008 at 21:46  
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Over the last few years we have been moving towards a more extreme sound and style, now that Karen has left we are going to continue with this plan [...] For live concerts we are planning to adapt some of our back catalogue songs to suit this new arrangement.


Splendid news I say!
Black Conundrum - 19.12.2008 at 05:45  
Wow, a lot of people have been leaving their bands recently. I mean a lot. At first, this month's news bin was near emptiness, and now that the bin is fuller, a lot of the news is "so-and-so leaves this band". Im about to read the Svartsot news that four members left that band, and that adds to it. Also, considering that after Cruachan's next album there won't be anymore female vocalist, it is especially sad that she is leaving.
Stalker - 22.12.2008 at 13:40  
Damn, this is a sad news, indeed...
ThunderAxe1989 - 29.01.2012 at 06:19  
Personally, I thought she was the worst aspect of the band. I always hated the female vox in Cruachan.
R'Vannith - 29.01.2012 at 08:37  
Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 29.01.2012 at 06:19

Personally, I thought she was the worst aspect of the band. I always hated the female vox in Cruachan.


I disagree but I certainly like the direction the band has taken.

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