Now here’s an album you won’t fall asleep to. This music is just teeming with energy, thanks in no small part to the excellent drumming, which more than just providing a rhythm for the music, actually defines it. Together with the bagpipes and other traditional Celtic instruments, there’s yet another ingredient to spice up this dish, and it’s one you may not expect: the didgeridoo.
I can almost see the surprise on your face, but when you actually hear it, it works extremely well. The Australian instrument brings a prehistoric element to the table that fits in well with the traditional Irish instruments, which may not originate from the same continent, but they’re at the heart of a similarly ancient music genre.
This prehistoric, raw energy also comes across in the singing, which is at times haunting, and at times more traditional. But even then, the Wicked Tinkers bring their own energy to classic tunes. By the way, you may have noticed I used the word “energy” a lot to describe this music. I can just imagine hundreds of kilt-clad warriors storming down a hill to this music… but the presence of some calmer, more haunting tracks ensures it sounds great in a more everyday context as well.
Artist: Wicked Tinkers
Buy Album: Rant
Jan Jacob Mekes has a passion for history, writing, and writing history (and music, of course). He runs an online cultural magazine, Cultural Zest. You can read more examples of his writings on his portfolio. Jan also writes reviews for Marc Gunn’s Celtic MP3s Music Magazine at www.celticmp3s.com.