Blackmore's Night pulled in two new recruits in time for their first show of 2008, which took place in Plock, Poland. Long Islander Mike Clemente (dubbed 'Earl Grey of Chamay') came in on bass and rhythm guitar, and Tina Chancey's old violin spot was filled by Elizabeth Cary (or 'Gypsy Rose'), who has managed to divide her touring time between Blackmore's Night, The Empty Hats, and prog-rockers Igor's Egg.
Most of the new touring band, along with regular producer Pat Regan, were involved in the recording of the 'Secret Voyage' album. It featured more electric guitar work than usual, with the tracks in general having being stretched out to give space for the guitar. As with the previous album there was a Rainbow cover, this tiime 'Rainbow Eyes' from Long Live Rock 'n Roll.
The year was rounded off by a charity show in December, which marked the return of Des Geyers' Albert Dannenmann to the ranks as 'Minstrel Albert'. The now seven piece band toured regularly throughout 2009, including a 'Summer Nights' tour of Europe and 'Autumn Nights' tour of the US east coast. Support was provided by members of the band, with both Dannenmann and Clemente showcasing their instrumental skills.
photo: Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night, Mike Clemente, David Baranowski, Elizabeth Cary, Malcolm Dick