Based out of Huntsville, Alabama, Slip Jig is a band that plays Irish, Scottish and other Celtic music in the traditional style–even if–as they say, they admit to “bending it on occasion”. The band was actually born out of a group that got together to play session tunes, which gives you an idea of what you can expect to hear on this CD. Jigs, reels and even a sea shanty combine for a varied offering that is sure to please.
The album, “So Far…” is a nice mix of tunes–especially considering it is the band’s first effort. You’ll hear their skill right away; they play with a confidence and exuberance that makes each track highly listenable. The best part about most Celtic bands is the fact that their love for the music shines through, and Slip Jig is no exception.
The pretty “Down by the Glenside” shows a gentleness that proves this band can be delicate as well as energetic. Track 5, “Katie O’Neil”, is an original, written by Craig Pitman. There is even a live track, recorded at the local pub, for those who want to hear the group without the filter of production. It makes a nice addition to the album.
Since there are 14 tracks on this CD, there is a good deal of music to listen to. I thought it was a great mixture of songs–a little something for everyone.
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.