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New Holiday Music from Electric Violinist Geoffrey Castle

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Minstrel and Muse on RST Radio is kicking of the holidays with a series of shows highlighting Christmas music you may have never heard, but need to add to your collection.  We're calling it Christmas Outside the Box.  

We're starting off big with the music of world renowned electric violinist Geoffrey Castle and his amazing album Underhill's Angel.  He tells us the beautiful story and inspiration behind the title song, shares his favorite Christmas traditions and lets the listeners in on a secret. 

Geoff started out as a street musician in New York City and Paris and he rose to play in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly. A theme of Castle's career is to destroy people's pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin.  Geoffrey Castle has also managed to share stages with an illustrious group of musicians including Blues Traveler, all of the original and current members of Heart, Buddy Miles, and Alan White of Yes.

Underhill's Angel is about tradition and 2000 years of Christmas celebrations.  Geoffrey said:

"I wanted to make a CD with songs that predated the commercialization of Christmas. Melodies that are 200, 300, 400, 800 years old. A CD with deep spiritual roots, and a sound that feels right now, full of inspiration and improvisation. Eric Robert and I went into the studio with Grammy award-winning bassist Garey Shelton and these ancient melodies—some of which will be familiar, and some that I am sure will become new favorites—and we followed our own path."