Album: Jiggery Pokery
Unexpected. That’s probably the best way to describe this CD in one word. The first track leads you to believe it may be a bunch of great Irish dance music played expertly…but this is not the case. This CD goes on to do many different things throughout–and it is full of surprises. Thankfully the arrangement is done quite well so instead of being disjointed, there is a flow to it all.
Most of the songs here in the middle of the CD give a full folk feel which is well-honed. Tracks such as “A Bucket Full of Mountain Dew” and “Springtime Frolics” are delightful, and tracks like “Lover’s Ghost” and “Carolan’s Ramble to Cashell” give the listener more of the typical fare one might expect from a band with this type of style. But then… once again… things shift a bit.
As you get to the last of this, there’s a wild remix of “Step it Out” on track 14, and it isn’t the only one on the album. The nice part is that these remixes are all grouped at the end, so they don’t confuse the listener part of the way through. Instead they save this unique take on these tunes for later. It was actually kind of a neat way to end the CD, and, as I said before–unexpected.
Catherine L. Tully specializes in writing about the arts, lifestyle and travel. She is the Owner of 4dancers, a blog for those who love dance, and Editor for Freelance-Zone, an award-winning site for freelance writers. Catherine also reviews music for Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.