The Strange Woods is a quartet of four accomplished musicians playing original compositions rooted in a broad range of folk styles hailing from The British Isles, India, Israel, Spain and France; and featuring lively instrumental pieces woven throughout - including jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes, and gypsy melodies. Their beautifully rich vocals, coupled with powerful and sublime instrumentation, is backed by a finely layered texture of 'World Beat' and 'Impressionist' style rhythms. The Strange Woods music is replete with lyrics of love and compassion, or based on legendary themes inspiring the heart and imagination. With Celtic music at the heart of their creation, together with the varied elements of other folk styles as inspiration, their unique sound can best be described as “Celtic Fusion”.
NOTE! - website updated 04-17-2010 please see our calendar page for a rare live performance!
Back in the 80's there was a folk cafe called Drowsy Maggie's located in North Park near 30th street.It was in this cafe that a young classical violinist with a penchant for Irish jigs) was to catch her first glimpse of a wonderful band called The Paradise Street Band. Lately we've received some emails on our site from people who had searched Paradise Street Band and found their way here (welcome). Some time in the not-too-far-off future we hope to be able to offer CD-R's or mp3 downloads of those old Paradise Street Band cassettes but for now we hope you enjoy this music, and we'd like to let you all know that while The Strange Woods performs together only rarely these days, Jim Hinton is performing quite a bit solo, and Theresa and Rachel are performing as a duo called Glancing Love. Sometimes we talk Patrick into coming out and doing a bit of his own solo show, but for the most part he is happily enjoying his retirement from the USPS.
Some bits of old video footage from various concerts seem to be popping up on YouTube! Nothing new, but good old favorites. They can be a bit tricky to find but if you search jana10114 you should be able to see what's there.