Released April 2006
Format CD
Type Studio Album
Genre Medieval Folk Rock
Length 1:00:52
Edition date April 2006
Country Europe
Label Steamhammer
Catalog Number SPV 99702 CD


The Village Lanterne is the fifth studio album by the group Blackmore's Night, released on the Steamhammer label on 4 April 2006.

It featured the single "Just Call My Name (I'll Be There)".

The song "Olde Mill Inn" was included as soundtrack in the 2008 movie Yes Man

By now, longtime Ritchie Blackmore fans have come to realize that the renaissance-influenced Blackmore's Night is certainly not a mere detour for the former Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist. This truly seems to be Blackmore's musical calling of the 21st century, as he and singer Candice Night have issued their sixth album in almost as many years with 2006's The Village Lanterne.

Blackmore's Night is often looked at as a throwback to a time long ago, but The Village Lanterne will not be mistaken for authentic renaissance music any time soon, as songs such as the album-opening "25 Years" mix together sounds both new and old. And although it's undoubtedly Blackmore and his affiliation with his two aforementioned previous bands that will attract most fans to the project, there's no getting around the fact that Night does posses a fine voice, especially evidenced by the title track.

Also included are two remakes of Blackmore chestnuts: Deep Purple's "Child in Time" (which is paired with the uptempo ditty "Mond Tanz") and Rainbow's "Street of Dreams." The Village Lanterne is arguably the most modern-sounding release yet from Blackmore's Night.

Ritchie Blackmore – electric guitars, acoustic guitars, various drums, hurdy-gurdy

Candice Night – lead vocals, backing vocals, shawms, rauchpfeife, recorder, chanters

Pat Regan and the Minstrel Hall Consort – keyboards

Sir Robert of Normandie (Robert Curiano) – bass

Sisters of the Moon: Lady Madeline and Lady Nancy (Madeline and Nancy Posner) – harmony vocals

Bard David of Larchmont (David Baranowski) – keyboards

Sarah Steiding – violin

Anton Fig – drums

Albert Dannemann – bagpipes, backing vocals

Ian Robertson and Jim Manngard – backing vocals

Joe Lynn Turner – guest vocals on the bonus version of "Street of Dreams"

Producer: Pat Regan

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