The great and legendary folk metal irish band Cruachan, releases the last single & video-lyric of their new album «The Living and the Dead«, and they called it «The Changeling«.
For «The Changeling» they invited Nella, a very good singer that have a very protagonism voice and there is an enigmatic touch in the piece that ends in an estuary to subsequent wild growls.
Nella has performed on the World of Warcraft soundtrack, toured with ‘Video Games Live’ and worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. We had talked about a collaboration for a long time but never found the time to actually do something until now. Alongside Nella we have another legend, Jon Campling. Jon is known for his roles in the Harry Potter movies and Final Fantasy games but recently he turned his hand to music and this song represent his first professional recording appearance.
The Changeling was one of the songs that influenced the original album title ‘Forest Songs’. The majority of themes on the album were intended to be about the peasant class of Ireland in the 1600’s and 1700’s. After the mother and baby home report in Ireland, a lot of lyrical themes went in another direction. Anyway, The Changeling is about the Faerie folk of Ireland (from where my second name ‘Fay’ comes from). There are many stories, myths and legends about the Faeries as well as many first hand testimonies from people who firmly believe they have seen them. The song ‘The Middle Kingdom’ tells a lot about this but I wanted to go back and talk about a very sinister part of Faerie lore. A Changeling was a Faerie left in place of a stolen baby. Usually, it was the fairest, most beautiful children who were taken, because the fairies craved and admired these traits. The child was taken for one of three reasons; to act as a servant, for the fairies to receive the love of a human child, or for malice/revenge. Children with deformities, illnesses or conditions that were unexplained at the time were thought to have been replaced by changelings, which is why many were abandoned or even killed. There were also those who suspected their baby had been swapped with a changeling who still felt as if they had to look after and love their changeling child, for fear that the fairies would harm their stolen child, or worse, never bring it back. Belief in changelings endured in parts of Ireland until as late as 1895, when Bridget Cleary was killed by her husband who believed her to be a changeling.