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Star Edwards and KingBeat / Press

“Star and KingBeat combined forces in 2010 to create a five piece folk rock band. Imbuing new wave Irish-rock versions of ancient Celtic tunes with their jazz-fusion flavor, their exploration of Celtic, Folk, New Age, Fusion Jazz and Rock music exemplifies the unique sound they call World Harp Rock. Performing hits from the likes of calypso icon, Harry Belafonte, and Nouveau flamenco artist, Ottmar Liebert, and jazz guitarist, George Benson they focused their energy on expanding the boundaries of contempory Celtic, New Age and World music.”

“The music is very diverse- world music, harp driven, something you might hear in a resort hotel lobby in the Central America or in the background over a meal. Instrumental, danceable, and relaxing. Easy to make love to. This is the music of the world- and as I’ve said before, in our indie rock filled city, a welcome breath of fresh air. Who knew harp music could be so fun?”

“Star Edwards and KingBeat is the incorporation of two of Colorado’s homegrown talents. KingBeat formed in 1985 and has been performing original, blues and classic rock throughout Colorado ever since Star Edwards, Celtic harpist, has entertained as a soloist and with bands such as the Chieftains, Orion’s Bow and Dadga over the last 20 years. Star and KingBeat teamed up in 2010 to create an entirely new sound they call World Harp Rock, an exploration of New Age, Rock, Celtic and World music. They perform in Colorado at venues such as the Winter Park Chocolate Festival, Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market Concert Series, Denver County Fair, St. Paddy’s Day on South Pearl Street Festival, and Swallow Hill’s Tuft’s Theatre. They released their first instrumental CD, Sonic Travels, in 2013, which featured seven originals and five cover tunes. The second CD, which is in the progress, will feature the vocals of KingBeat will lean more towards their rock and Celtic ”

“The harp is seen as the national symbol of Ireland. It serves to represent the culture and heritage of the people of this great nation; however, as an instrument it is capable of so much more. Star Edwards and KingBeat’s latest album, “Sonic Travels”, showcases the versatility of this instrument in a beautifully crafted symphonic manner. The album title clearly expresses the concept they were trying to achieve as musically these musicians take the listener on a beautiful journey. Through all of these pieces and more Star Edwards and KingBeat flaunt their incredible talent by capturing the listeners ear and taking them on an evocative journey. They call what they do World Harp Music, and they certainly don’t lie. While some may make this claim and only stick their toe off of the Emerald Isle, these musicians explore these other cultures deeply. This album is certainly worth the purchase.”

“The harp is seen as the national symbol of Ireland. It serves to represent the culture and heritage of the people of this great nation; however, as an instrument it is capable of so much more. Sonic Travels showcases the versatility of this instrument in a beautifully crafted symphonic manner. The album title clearly expresses the concept they were trying to achieve as musically these musicians take the listener on a beautiful journey. The journey continues to St. Thomas, The Butterfly (a classic Irish tune), Cuando El Rey Nimrod, Jamaica Farewell and even in our dreams with Dream time Journeys. Through all of these pieces and more Star Edwards and KingBeat flaunt their incredible talent by capturing the listeners ear and taking them on an evocative journey. They call what they do World Harp Music, and they certainly don’t lie. These musicians explore these other cultures deeply. This album is certainly worth the purchase.”

“With a band full of keyboards, guitars, electric bass, and percussion to back her up, Star Edwards kicks off this CD with a groovin' version of Ottmar Liebert's "Barcelona Nights." The guitar soon takes over the lead, but throughout the CD the harp and guitar effectively trade off as lead instruments. Interesting uses of percussion, blending of instruments, and grooves make this a fun collection of music, easy on the ears, with some great energy. Blending both acoustic and electric instruments is often not an easy thing to do. Star keeps a very harp sound, while blending it very nicely with the diverse instrumental make up of this band. Star's "Waiting for Summer" is a fun, catchy piece that some listeners will want to play. Her "Dream Time Journeys" is at a completely different end of the spectrum--very electric, full of effects, and almost a '70s vibe. Star does some interesting explorations of harp in a variety of musical settings. And it's got groove--put on your dancing shoes!”

“You're obviously a very talented group of players ...there's obviously a lot of world music influence”

“Star Edwards and Mel Bay just released her fourth music book!”