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MaterDea was born out of the collaboration between Simon Papa and Marco Strega, two musicians with a different artistic background, sharing the same passion for the dreamy atmospheres of Celtic music.
In their songs the flavour of natural elementals, marvellous creatures and fantastic stories carry the listener to a surreal dimension in which he gets in contact with the ancient cult of the Great Mother.
The perfect synergy between the male and female, stage costumes, instruments, musical atmosphere and vocal weaving help make the show unique and engaging.
In their first album "Below the Mists, Above the Brambles" (Capogiro Records -2009) the accordionist John Whelan appears as a special guest in the beautiful ballad "Another trip to Skye" here reinterpreted with original lyrics written by MaterDea. From this piece they also produced their first videoclip.
In 2011, aside of producing the new record “Satyricon” (Midsummer's Eve - 2011), that was released in November – MaterDea had the opportunity to participate in important international festivals like Pipes and Drums Celtic Festival in Geneve, (Switzerland), Fosch Fest in Bergamo (Italy), Triskell Festival in Trieste (Italy) and Tarvisium Celtica in Treviso (Italy).
With the pieces “Another Trip to Skye” and “Fairy of the Moor” MaterDea was placed at the first positions in international podcasts like Celtic Radio (Scotland) – Radio Aena (Germany) - ImRadio (Illinoise) – Irfc Radio (Ireland) – Pagan Fm (England) - Radio Schlag-Fertig (Germany) – Underground City Radio (Belgium) – Kzum Radio (Nebraska) – All Irish Radio (Ireland) – Radio Zygomar (France) – Power of Prog (Florida) and at the beginning of 2010 MaterDea has been posted as “Spotlight Artist” during one month on Pagan Radio Network (California).