Blue Moon Rising, the fourth and latest album from Acoustic Ocean, offers a dynamic collection of original acoustic instrumental music that inspires reﬂection that touches the heart. Eleven compositions, on the themes of Remembrance, Gratitude and Renewal, feature Bette Phelan on acoustic guitar and bowed dulcimer and Kay Aldrich on cello. Additional instruments, played by Bette - fretless bass, electric guitar, Ebow, Celtic whistle, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, wordless vocals, piano, and more - combine to create a rich palette of sound.
The compositions on Blue Moon Rising are evocative, poignant, uplifting, and relaxing. The intricate interplay of instruments captures the uniqueness and synergy of the original music of Acoustic Ocean. Key inﬂuences in this new music are New Age, Folk, and Celtic, continue the recognizable sound of earlier Acoustic Ocean albums.
Blue Moon Rising is the ﬁrst Acoustic Ocean release since the death of group member and harpist, Peggy Morgan, in 2016. One composition, “Love is a Force Field,” features Peggy Morgan on harp and vocals, and was recorded before her passing. Bette Phelan composed the music for Blue Moon Rising during musical meditations over a two-year period.
Acoustic Ocean was the collaboration of two veteran musicians and recording artists, Peggy Morgan and Bette Phelan. The music of Acoustic Ocean reflects the musical and healing arts backgrounds of the artists as well as the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, which helped to inspire the music. After a successful touring career that spanned 20-years, Morgan and Phelan relocated to Hawaii to pursue careers in the healing arts.
The album is dedicated to the memory of Peggy Morgan, Bette’s music partner of 40 years, and to Nancy Phelan, her mother. Bette’s journey from personal loss and grief to gratitude and renewal is eloquently expressed in this new music.
The acoustic guitar is the primary instrument. It is played flawlessly and with the addition of the cello, you get a new age world classical sound that will please anyone’s musical palette. If you are into relaxing meditative music you will love Blue Moon Rising… the layers of guitar work are exquisite.
One look at the cover of this recording sets you at ease and gives you the thought of inner light, spirituality and the connection we have with mother earth. The ocean is the most prolific thing to human life because that is where all of life came from. And purposely the name Acoustic Ocean falls in line with that thought process not mention that is exactly what you will hear on Blue Moon Rising. There is an ocean of acoustic sounds all melded together to create a musical nirvana for the soul.
The eleven tracks offered the listener, flow together seamlessly and hit you gently like an ocean wave on a warm summer day.
It’s been said… “All their music is done without any of the clichés that often invade New-Age, and the energy Acoustic Ocean put into their music creates a wonderful experience for listeners who want to hear what the power of the spirit can sound like.”
Keith Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews Recently said… “The music is very earthy and pure. The acoustic guitar is the primary instrument and is played ﬂawlessly. The layers of guitar work are exquisite. With the addition of the cello, you get a new age world classical sound that will please anyone’s musical palette.“
Acoustic Ocean – the New Album Blue Moon Rising is Out Now!