Typically I have found that a Celtic band that puts thought into their name creates some interesting music. This is certainly true of Sligo Rags.
So… now you’re wondering what the name means – right? Fair enough…. the term is a tribute to “The Irish Rover”, an anthem that has a third that verse starts out with… “We had one million bags of the best Sligo Rags”.
I enjoyed “Roll Me Down The Mountain” as much as “The Whiskey Never Lies”, another of the band’s CDs that I reviewed some time ago. Their sound had stuck in my memory and I was excited to listen to what they offered here on this album.
I was definitely pleased with what I heard…
By the time I got to track 4, “Follow Me Up To Carlow”, I was hooked. The same virtuosity that captured my attention and kept it on the other CD was present and accounted for here as well. Luckily, some of the tracks on this album tended to be on the longer side–sometimes going for six minutes or more. With some songs that can be tiresome. Not here–a testament to the arrangements and the skill of the band members.
A nice variety of songs is present on this album, and although I typically point out a favorite or two, I will refrain. This is a CD I think you should experience for yourself and see what rises to the surface. It’s all so good.
I will tell you that you’ll find a jig, reel and other “expected” tunes among the mix–but they each have the band’s distinct stamp on them. Treat your ears and have a listen.
Artist: Sligo Rags
Album: Roll Me Down The Mountain
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.