Blackmore’s Night, featuring Fender signature artist Ritchie Blackmore, has digitally released “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea),” the lead single to the band’s upcoming album Dancer and the Moon.
“It’s based on an old folk Czech melody that [singer] Candice [Night] and I thought was very melodic and haunting,” Blackmore says of the beautiful song. “We adapted and arranged to suit more of a rock structure. We also played it as a ballad as it was originally intended. We asked several of our Czech friends what it was called but they couldn’t tell us, so it remains a mystery.”
Dancer and the Moon drops on June 11 in North America and on June 14 in Europe. Blackmore Night’s eighth studio album features several instrumental tracks, including “Galliard” and “Carry On…Jon,” which Blackmore wrote as a tribute to the late Jon Lord of Deep Purple.
In addition to CD format, there will be a deluxe edition in digipak that includes a bonus DVD featuring a making of the album documentary and acoustic versions of “The Spinner’s Tale,” “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea),” “The Ashgrove” and “Queen For A Day.”
The album will also be made available in a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 2,000 copies, packaged in a polyston frame with the cover artwork printed on canvas. The super-deluxe edition also includes a black tote bag with Blackmore’s Night artwork, four Blackmore’s Night pins, a certificate of authenticity and the CD/DVD edition.
Blackmore’s Night will be touring this summer in support of the album release; tour dates available here.