Oh Celtic Angel, it’s time to fly
Axe Victim, crying to the sky
On the Sabbath, with Demon’s Eye
All strung up, but too young to die
Celtic Angel is a tribute to Bernie Tormé R.I.P. 1952-2019, band leader, guitarist and songwriter for Ian Gillan and Ozzy Osbourne. The song was written by Peter Cook who first met Bernie by accident in 2010 at his studio, whilst recording a song for a friend. A friendship evolved and Peter was privileged to perform with this gentle giant on a number of occasions. Bernie reflected this in his own words on cover of one of his albums after Peter spent some time with Bernie on his renaissance.
Celtic Angel reflects many of Bernie’s influences, with various nods and winks to Deep Purple, Hendrix, Ozzy, Bill Nelson and his infamous Big Muff effects pedal which Bernie used to push his Marshall amps over the cliff edge to ear splitting volumes. Featuring sitars, guitars turned up to 11 and some soaring sonics that give a wink and a nod to the great man from the emerald isle. Although Celtic Angel was conceived in a basement, it is a truly global production, featuring Gareth Dylan Smith from New York City, Tim Hands from the North of England, David Bourke and Rosie Horne from Kent. Video production by Mark Duffy.
“What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie.”
“I always enjoyed our time spent talking about music, business, philosophy and politics. Bernie was so much more than a guitar player. Thank you for your time and patience with an apprentice.”
Celtic Angel is released worldwide on April 23 with a contribution to the Teenage Cancer Trust. I hope that you will join me in celebrating the life of one of rock’s gentle giants.