The Minstrel’s Ghost is the brainchild of Blake Carpenter a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with over 25 years of experience in writing, performing and producing. With endeavors ranging from folk to heavy metal Blake has seen a gamut of projects come and go over the years all helping to reign in the monster. The Minstrel’s Ghost name was first uttered in 2004 when Blake was trying to come up with a moniker for his solo music. It kind of just sat there, perched in the frontal lobe of his brain, itching and twitching for quite a few years. He went through a few projects with local musicians but was soon longing to record his own tunes. He then began writing tracks with a theme in mind. Dream Things True was a megalithic first solo project for Blake. Taking 3 years to bring to completion it was solely performed by Blake. The release contains 12 tracks that show off many different musical writing styles from the folkish track “The Forest” to the gothic “Creature of the Night”. This was the coming of age for The Minstrel’s Ghost. With the introduction of Dream Things True in 2011 to internet radio, The Minstrel’s Ghost saw a great freshman year garnering fans from around the world. While sales were small, listenership was great.
Looking to make his sophomore release stronger, The Minstrel re-kindled an old song he had written in 2000 titled “Avalon”. Not wanting to sound like anything he had done on Dream Things True or with any of his previous bands, he restructured this already old track to fit into the symphony of keyboards and guitars he heard in his head. To make this new endeavor a smashing success The Minstrel put together an international band of musicians. This has created an epic concept album that is now being added to the list of classics from such greats as Genesis, Yes, The Strawbs and Rick Wakeman as well as the newer classics like Pendragon, The Flower Kings and Marillion. With the help of Zoltan Csörsz Jr. (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) on drums, Colin Tench (Corvus Stone, Bunchakeze) on lead guitar, Marco Chiappini (Gandalfs’s Project) on lead keyboards, Troy James Martin (LeeAnne Savage) on bass and Blake Carpenter (The Minstrel’s Ghost) on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards. The Road To Avalon, released in 2012, is a crossover-prog album full of enthusiastic keyboard leads, powerful guitar solos, smooth vocal lines and melodic rhythm sections.
The band is now taking on it’s new form with Blake on keyboards and vocals, Troy on bass and the addition on Jartse Tuominen on guitars and Mike Troupe on drums. Look for the next Minstrel’s Ghost album very soon.
Originally from Rhode Island, a well rounded singer/songwriter/musician with a multitude of influences ranging from classical to metal and spanning all genres in between. His favorite styles of music are those that showcase drive and talent. Writing in styles from folk to classic prog and hard rock/heavy metal The Minstrel’s Ghost will take you on a journey beyond imagination. Read More
“Troy grew up in the small town of Sierra Vista, Arizona, which had few bassists, so he was always musically in demand. He moved to Tucson immediately after high school and earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television at the University of Arizona. His bass heroes include Sir Paul, The Ox, Dee Murray, Peter Cetera, Chris Squire, Mike Rutherford, John Wetton and Tony Levin. Read More
Mike has been playing drums since 1978 and performing in local bands in the Seattle WA. area since 1982. His performances with bands over the years had him play a variety of musical styles ranging from Heavy Metal, Hard to Soft Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Big Band, Be-bop, Jazz-Fusion, and Reggae. Mike performed with the “Deems Tsutakawa Band” for over 7 years, a mix of Jazz-Fusion, R&B, Funk, and Straight-ahead jazz.
Jartse Tuominen, exceptionally talented musician, composer & producer.
Jartse’s phenomenal and expressive guitar playing has been noticed worldwide and he has gained a lot of respect not only among audience but also among highly appreciated professional musicians in most European countries, in Japan and in USA. Read More
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