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Rainstriker

by Eleni Violaris

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    'Rainstriker' features 15 original tracks and a 28-page, full colour insert booklet (designed by Eleni Violaris), containing song lyrics, artwork, original photography and background notes. The album is beautifully presented in a cellophane-wrapped, 'Super Jewel Box' CD case.

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‘Rainstriker’ is an original album inspired by fantasy, myth & legend. Sung in a striking fusion of English & Anglo-Saxon, the album fuses pop, folk, new age, classical and classical-crossover musical styles with cinematic orchestrations & arrangements, to create an eclectic and unique musical work. 'Rainstriker' evokes a mythical age centring on Celtic, Brythonic and Norse Gods and Goddesses of the earth, moon, sea, sky, rain, wind and fire. With elegant melodies and harmonies composed and arranged by Adam Violaris, the album weaves colourful sagas of marauding Vikings, great mythological heroes, immortal love stories and other tales from across the sea.

Testimonials:

“Rainstriker is a real winner” - John Kelleher, Head of Warner Classics & Jazz.

“Lyrical, epic and elegiac” - Andy Orchard, Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Oxford.

"Rainstriker is a dazzling and inspiring debut: a rich tapestry of stories drawn from Celtic and Norse history and mythology” - Hamish McCartan, Journalist and UK promoter of ‘Shen Yun’.

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released June 22, 2015

Lead Vocals: Eleni Violaris.

Musical Arrangements, Piano and Keyboards: Adam Violaris.

Additional Arrangements, Drum Programming, Flute and Backing Vocals: Eleni Violaris.

Additional Backing Vocals: Andonis Violaris, Patricia Violaris and Adam Violaris.

Album Recorded, Engineered, Mixed and Produced by: Adam Violaris,

Eleni Violaris and Andonis Violaris.

Recorded and Mixed at: Magic Sphere Studios, London.

Mastered by: Chris Parmenidis, Unity Mastering, London.

Original Art Design, Packaging Design and Layout: Eleni Violaris.

Photography: Christian Kyriacou and Adam Violaris.

Styling and Photo Shoot Coordinator: Patricia Violaris.

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Eleni Violaris London, UK

Eleni Violaris was born in London to a family of professional musicians. Her father is of Greek heritage and her mother, Welsh. Eleni, who sings and plays the piano, flute and guitar, has been making music and taking part in professional recordings since she was five years old. ... more

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Track Name: Believe in Magic
Believe in Magic

Words by Andonis Violaris & Eleni Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

On the wind ancient voices and spirits sail
Every mark on this earth tells a tale
Every man, every woman and every boy and girl
Fall in love to a song

Every soul that sets out from a distant shore
Has a dream to return home once more
Every day that goes by without ever asking why
You believe in your dreams

Close your eyes and believe in magic
As I hold your hand and I kiss your brow
Close your eyes and believe in magic
And your heart tonight

Every path that we walk we have walked before
Every step that we take is a mile
Every treasure we find as we search along the way
Has been buried by us

It’s our destiny then to find love again
Where we failed once before now we’ll win
Where we cried and let pain be the tale we left behind
This time ‘round we’ll be kind

Close your eyes and believe in magic
As I hold your hand and I kiss your brow
Close your eyes and believe in magic
And your heart tonight

Close your eyes and believe in magic
As I hold your hand and I kiss your brow
Close your eyes and believe in magic
And your heart tonight

Close your eyes and believe in magic
As I hold your hand and I kiss your brow
Close your eyes and believe the magic
In your heart tonight

Close your eyes, believe in magic
Close your eyes, believe in magic
Close your eyes, believe in magic
Close your eyes, close your eyes
Close your eyes, believe in magic
Believe in magic
Track Name: Rainstriker
Rainstriker

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

(In English & Anglo-Saxon)

(Spoken) Verbeia, goddess of living water,
strike me with your cleansing tears this night.
Ahh! Weorof gwerfan, wera beio!

First rain comes down
Refreshes the ground
Sacred your tears
Quelling my fears

Flow sweet water
Pour all around
Wet the lichen
And moist the mound
Renew the forest green

Living rain
Wera beio

First rain comes in
Soaking my skin
Sacred your tears
Quelling my fears

Touch me softly
Light like rain

Flow water
Swell all around
Springs eternal
Revels the sound

(Spoken) Renew the fertile green my love
Mid ealle lufian bearn habban
Come with me
Come with me to the river
Come with me

Feel the love I feel tonight
Feel the rain that strikes tonight
(Spoken) Ah! Besle an on!

Rise higher than the clouds
Ride on the rainbow to new life
(Spoken) Bearn habban!

Rise higher than the clouds
Ride on the rainbow to new love
Track Name: The Linden
The Linden

Words by Andonis Violaris & Eleni Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris & Eleni Violaris

(In English & Anglo-Saxon)

We es seaxo ffordd on long nedai
Heomi quis ten el ech leydon
Gean wyred be on wesan
Aefestful mynd elnian niban

Evening shadows swirl around in my mind
A jealous rage that wounds my heart
No other boy could take your place
No other love could be the same

Heowin thera lluymed lindan
Thera mejan hu millen sherpan
Cruel words hurt me
Cut my heart like a knife
Green eyes guiled me
Like the linden’s lime

Stars fall strangely from the sky tonight
In burning flames they hit the ground
The linden tree that bears the fruit
The bitter taste of love’s denial

Just like a thief you came tonight
And then in silence stole my heart
You took my treasures and you ran
Just ran, ran to her

Heowin thera lluymed lindan
Thera mejan hu millen sherpan
Cruel words hurt me
Cut my heart like a knife
Green eyes guiled me
Like the linden’s lime

Don’t lie no more
Just close the door
You hurt me, don’t hurt me
Ever again, please

Heowin thera lluymed lindan
Thera mejan hu millen sherpan

Ahh, Ahh...
Ahh, Ahh, Ahh...

Leyolde mon wonder eond
Yiatodan maer wecan
Waerolde mon wonder eond rae
Lefordes lindan

Ahh, Ahh...
Ahh, Ahh, Ahh...
(Repeat and fade)
Track Name: Ceridwen's Lament
Ceridwen's Lament

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

(In English & Anglo-Saxon)

To midre nihte
By night they came...

Blood royal and free
We were young then
Ever so young

Distant cries drawing close
The terror of nightmares
Coming close, closer
The drums were beating
Saw the foe coming closer
Closer, closer, closer, closer
(Female chorus): Run away, run away, run away, run away

Great longships of oak
Took you from me
Out of my arms
Sailed with the tide
Out to the sun
You won’t return
‘Though you promised me you’d come back
I still hear you calling me
I can hear you still

Horned beasts took my pride
(Female chorus): Edhoæ forlegen brecan
But not my heart
Not my heart
(Female chorus): By night they came

Distant ghosts coming back
The terror of nightmares
Feel you close, closer
Our hearts are beating
Feel your body draw closer

Stay with me, stay with me,
Stay with me, stay with me
(Female chorus): Closer, closer, closer, closer

Wind touching my cheek
Kissed by the moon
Touched by the stars
Warmed by the sun
While you’re not here
And far away, without me or love
You’re not free without Danegeld
But just know that I love you still

Great longships of oak
Took you from me
Out of my arms
Sailed with the tide
Out to the sun
You won’t return
‘Though you promised me you’d come back
I still hear you calling me
I can hear you still
Track Name: Wiccan Faire
Wiccan Faire

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris & Eleni Violaris

The faire was loud and bustling
As people milled around
The faire was for the Wiccan
At the stones of Salisbury Down

He rode his horse into the faire
So handsome young and proud
She knew he was a highwayman
And smiled and sighed aloud

He stopped to buy her garland ware
His dark eyes held her stare
His voice was warm and tender
That day at Wiccan Faire

His charm and words beguiled her
His hands caressed her hair
His touch was soft and tender
His smile beyond compare

She thanked him for his custom
He thanked her for her ware
He bent and kissed her trembling lips
That day at Wiccan Faire
He spurred his horse to ride away
Her eyes welled in despair
He promised to return one day
Return to Wiccan Faire

‘Though years went by and age crept on
The memory remained
Of the horseman and the promise made
To return to her one day

She wondered what became of him
Not knowing was her pain
Her heart was broken people said
And why she stayed a maid

She waited for her highwayman
‘Til hammer, nail and saw
Brought sounds of gallows rising high
That broke her heart once more

The crowd was cruel and baying
Except for one who cared
When he went by she called to him
Remember Wiccan Faire

He remembered how she smiled at him
And how he’d touched her hair
And how he kissed her trembling lips
That day at Wiccan Faire

She saw the garland on his belt
He kept from long ago
‘Though withered flowers entwined the hide
His love like hers did grow

He kissed her eager lips again
Bound hands caressed her hair
The way they had those years ago
That day at Wiccan Faire

She walked with him and as she wept
He asked her for her name
He asked her to forgive his deeds
And all the years of pain

She held on to his body close
Not wanting to let go
Until they pulled her from his grasp
Whilst praying for his soul
He climbed to meet his destiny
He thanked her for her prayer
He smiled at her for one last time
As he did at Wiccan Faire

He smiled at her for one last time
As he did at Wiccan Faire
As he did at Wiccan Faire
Track Name: Ride the Wind
Ride the Wind

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris & Patricia Violaris

In the day I wander by the sea
Alone my love, alone my love
Sands of time spread out beneath my feet
And ocean winds caress my hair

In the night I sit under the stars
Alone my love, alone my love
Equinox and starshine break the day
And like the solstice steal away

Hear my voice on the wind
Ride the wind back to me
See my face in the streams
Lift me up to your lips

There was love and then you went away
Without me, without me
Taking light to where the darkness ruled
In places lost and far away

(In Anglo-Saxon):
Hid hælepe gebedu ræ ran
Seairo leer, seairo leer
Ge secan go dabiddan ræ ran
On ge cigan onclypian

Hear my voice on the wind
Ride the wind back to me
Feel my love in the hearth
Lift me up to your heart

Hear my voice on the wind
Ride the wind back to me
Feel my love in the hearth
Lift me up to your heart

(Repeat last stanza)
Track Name: Morwetha's Spinning Song
Morwetha's Spinning Song

Words by Eleni Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris & Eleni Violaris

(In Anglo-Saxon)

Hiombay hiordon ey (repeat three times)

Aserian na feerefore na-ee-ahn
Aserian nial olesol
Aserian na feerefore eh-feerefore
Aserian na sel fereon

Lan–senra fe–an wera
(Landes on lon senra frean o sen wera)
Lan–senra sonera
(Landes on lon senra sonna spinnera)
Seol de aldre
(Landes on lon senra frean o sen wera)

Haieledan oerain wisterendan
(Pa-he-tom-ham-be pa-he-tom-ham-be-com)
Haieledan nai leseo wegan
(Pa-he-tom-ham-be pa-he-tom-ham-be-com)
Herewisa hor don seawean hetredan

Heorain waero dai (repeat once)
Heiro waero dai (repeat once)

Lan–senra fe–an wera
(Landes on lon senra frean o sen wera)
Lan–senra sonera
(Landes on lon senra sonna spinnera)
Seol de aldre
(Landes on lon senra frean o sen wera)

Haieledan oerain wisterendan
(Pa-he-tom-ham-be pa-he-tom-ham-be-com)
Haieledan nai leseo wegan
(Pa-he-tom-ham-be pa-he-tom-ham-be-com)
Herewisa hor don seawean hetredan
Track Name: Dream Spinner
Dream Spinner

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

Love forged by fire
Stirs deep desire
Words sweet and whole
Rise up and touch my soul

Pray protect him from all harm
Bring him safely back into my arms
Dream, dream spinner, spin my dreams tonight
Spin, spin my dreams

Sounds from your lyre
Stir strange desire
Songs that console
Rise up and touch my soul

Please protect him from all harm
Guide and bring him safely back to these arms
Hear my prayer spinner, spin my dreams tonight
Spin, spin my dreams

Bring, bring him back
Keep, keep him safe
Light his way tonight
Spin!

Spin your light and moonbeams bright
Let your web of light blaze like a beacon
Hear my prayer, oh sweet goddess of the light
Spin, spin my dreams tonight
Track Name: Shining Summer
Shining Summer

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

Tales lost, tales old
Tales told take hold...

Old as the sky, bright as the sun
Maids make their gold
From a deep river cold
Turn, turn, turn gold!

Woden, show me your might

There’s a tale of a ring
And the spell that’s within
And the ruler of nine, shining summer
There’s a tale of a ring
And the spell that’s within
Elves that are true light the way

Guide and protect me
Night and day

Tales lost, tales old
Tales told take hold...

Old as the sky, bright as the sun
Maids make their gold
From a deep river cold
Turn, turn, turn gold!

Woden, show me your might

There’s a tale of a ring
And the spell that’s within
And the ruler of nine, shining summer
There’s a tale of a ring
And the spell that’s within
Elves that are true light the way

Give me my desires...

There’s a tale of a ring
And the spell that’s within
And the ruler of nine, shining summer
There’s a tale of a ring
And the spell that’s within
Elves that are true light the way

(Repeat last stanza & fade)
Track Name: A Lover's Tale
A Lover's Tale

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

Here, late in my tower
Soft and quiet and silent I wait
Out there in the night
You look at me

Swim the Hellespont for me my love
So far, deep and wide

Swim hard, swim well
Here in my tower, I shine my light
I wait, patient my love
Dark and alone
In Neptune’s deep you must fight
Swim tonight

Those that doubt our hearts
Try so hard to keep us apart
Those that don’t know love
Can never know the pain
Hear the easterly winds
Gently they call your name
Reined by magical charms
Pulling you to me

Swim the Hellespont for me my love
So far, deep and wide

Swim hard, swim well
Here in my tower, I shine my light
I wait, patient my love
Dark and alone
In Neptune’s deep you must fight
Swim, love!

Swim hard, swim well
Here in my tower, I shine my light
I wait, patient my love
Dark and alone
In Neptune’s deep you must fight
Swim tonight!
Track Name: Tears for a Friend
Tears for a Friend

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

Once in a dream
When the grass was green
Two children played by a stream
Then winter came
And you went away
I still remember the words you said that day

Care and remember me
Please shed a tear for me
Don’t let your love for me
Fade with the flowers
And when summer comes again
I’ll be with you again
Memories that never end
Tears for a friend

Time moves on by
And my eyes still cry
When I remember those days
So long ago
Funny how we grow
Why won’t my tears run dry

When did the dream end and go wrong
No more tomorrow’s now

No more the dream for me
Just night and day for me
Where did our summer go
Tears for a friend

No more let’s wait and see
No more pretend for me
All that was long ago
Tears for a friend

No more the dream for me
Just night and day for me
Where did our summer go
Tears for a friend
No more let’s wait and see
No more pretend for me
All that was long ago
Tears for a friend
Track Name: Song to the Earth
Song to the Earth

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

There’s a song for everything
Music is a mystery
Words add to the chemistry
Sagas told in every key
There’s a song in everything
Humming of a bumblebee
Lapping of the Coral Sea
Music is a mystery

There are songs in our hearts to be sung
There are stories in rhyme to be told

Log drum and the whistle
And sangpipe and the blaedhorn
And sarga and the bodhran
The handbell and the harp

Take up all your places
And join in for the dancing
Sing along in harmony
So heroes can live again

(In English & Anglo-Saxon):

Play gently now, sweet harp
(Mende lae dan midsingend
Gete on citera sang
Gamenwudu hearpian
Hearpung gantan sealmian) - (Repeat)

Play softly now, beating drum
(Sanger ongalanes dre
Singan galan salletan)

There are songs in our hearts to be sung
There are stories in rhyme to be told

Log drum and the whistle
And sangpipe and the blaedhorn
And sarga and the bodhran
The handbell and the harp
Lift up all your voices
And join in with the singing
Accompany timely
So heroes can live again

Look to the east with your eyes
Lift your arms to the bright sky and pray
Great Erce giver of life
Bless this bountiful earth that you give us

Log drum and the whistle
And sangpipe and the blaedhorn
And sarga and the bodhran
The handbell and the harp
Lift up all your voices
And join in with my singing
Accompany timely
So heroes can live again

(Repeat in Anglo-Saxon):

Timpana hwistlere pip dre amahn timpestreha
Hwistlung hrei odpe cimbagli were herpe
Efenhlei odhrang myrge swinsian retorhte
Samodge-iddung wer hildewulf eftboren
Track Name: Beowulf and Grendel
Beowulf and Grendel

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

Seasons come and go
Grendel’s claw strikes cold
No sword can break his skin
Trollish; born from sin
Raised to harm and kill
Geat flesh is his fill
As Hrothgar loses the fight
Beowulf hears his plight

Whilst the monster peers in
Heorot Hall waits to meet its fate
Silently Beowulf waits

Seasons come and go
Grendel’s claw strikes cold
Beowulf’s hand takes good hold
Never letting go
Grendel pulls and wails
Desperate to be free
Then armless he turns and flees
Beowulf’s victory

Grendel runs hard in flight
Finds his lair in the endless night
Then he lays down and dies

(In English & Anglo-Saxon):
A hero, a hero, a hero of the people
Sigero, guerferod, hildewulf mann gecydnes
A hero, a hero, a hero of the people
Sigero, guerferod, hildewulf mann gecydnes

Grendel’s mother in rage
Takes revenge for her dragon son
Beowulf takes up his sword
That’s forged by the gods
Striking twice finds his destiny
Hero and king he dies
Track Name: The Great Ones
The Great Ones

Words by Andonis Violaris
Music by Adam Violaris

Somewhere deep in time, hidden by mists
Shroud-like clouds part
Four Great Ones look down
Cruelly they smile on our woes

From great Asgard’s shores the Great Ones came
Cast their boreal light into our lives
Rite of flaming spear that sears the wind
Mighty Thor’s great hammer rends the air

Here where tall stones stand dark as the night
Offer prayers to Odin’s might
Feared Loki’s stare feeds our despair
Do they care

From Valhalla’s halls
The Great Ones come
Valkyries, then Twilight of the Gods
Goddess of the wolves that cry at night
Help us ease our sorrows and our fright

Back to Asgard’s shores
The Great Ones go
Leaving just their tales to help our lives
Sky-cloaked gods that stare
With fearsome eyes
Sated; laugh and leave us when they’re done

Don’t leave us, stay with us (repeat)
Don’t leave us, don’t leave us
Stay with us now!
(Repeat in Anglo-Saxon):
Abiddan giernes ge bidden ci egan
Abiddan giernes maestra nu

Back to Asgard’s shores
The Great Ones go
Leaving just their tales to help our lives
Sky-cloaked gods that stare
With fearsome eyes
Sated; laugh and leave us when they’re done

Don’t leave us, stay with us (repeat twice)
Don’t leave us now!
Don’t leave us, stay with us (repeat)
Don’t leave us, don’t leave us
Stay with us now!