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Stairway (band)

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Genre  Metal
Albums  No Rest - No Mercy, Pearls Of The Deep (Best Of), Chakra Dance, Moonstone, Medicine Dance, Raindreaming
Record labels  New World Music, Angel Air Records
Similar  Jane Relf, Louis Cennamo, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Renaissance

Stairway was an English "New Age Music" band, who have released a total of 5 CDs and cassette tapes between 1986 and 1995.



After The Yardbirds' mid-1980's reunion project (known as "Box of Frogs"), drummer Jim McCarty reunited with bassist Louis Cennamo (a colleague from McCarty's days with Renaissance, and later Illusion) to form "Stairway" - a duo who would record largely instrumental and "atmospheric" music. In a departure from their usual roles in bands, for this project McCarty played keyboards and Cennamo (who is credited on Stairway releases as "Loui") played guitar.

Stairway was signed with Colin Wilcox of "New World Cassettes", a U.K.-based independent label that specialized in "healing music". Their first releases were two cassette tape albums: Aquamarine (1987) and Moonstone (1988), a mixture of songs and instrumentals. Additional musicians on these releases included keyboardist Clifford White, and a Renaissance and Illusion colleague, vocalist Jane Relf. Although only available as cassette tapes initially, Stairway’s "New World Cassettes" albums were eventually both released in Compact Disc format.

These releases were subsequently followed by two albums with the Psychologist and "Spiritual Healer", Malcolm Stern: Chakra Dance (1989) and Medicine Dance (1992), which they promoted through a few live performances, mainly at St James's Church, Piccadilly (London)

After a few years between releases, Stairway resurfaced once more as "James McCarty/Louis Cennamo" on Canadian flute player Ron Korb’s Oasis label, releasing the Raindreaming CD in 1995.

There have been no new releases by Stairway since 1995 (McCarty has more recently been active with a re-formed version of The Yardbirds, and Cennamo has returned to playing bass and doing sessions, in addition to having begun a writing career. In 2015, Angel Air Records released a Stairway "best of" compilation, titled "Pearls Of The Deep".

Chronological Discography

  • Aquamarine (1987) ¤
  • Moonstone (1988) ¤
  • Chakra Dance (1989)
  • Medicine Dance (1992)
  • Raindreaming (1995)
  • ¤ Note: These two releases were initially available as cassette tapes only. A CD that included tracks from both tapes was later released as Aquamarine


  • Louis Cennamo - guitar
  • Jim McCarty - keyboards
  • Jane Relf - vocals
  • Clifford White - keyboards
  • Songs

    Beautiful ChangesRaindreaming · 2010
    Light On A Dark RoadRaindreaming · 2010
    RaindreamingRaindreaming · 2010


    Stairway (band) Wikipedia