MP3: “Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)” by Get Up Jack

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Get Up Jack is a joyous, retro-romp by six of the most energetic and charismatic performers in Irish music today.  Their soaring vocals and enthusiastic performances have drawn comparisons to the old- school groups of their youth (like The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and The Wolfe Tones), yet it is their own unique instrumentation, style and delivery that makes them a one-of-a-kind experience.  They are currently celebrating the release of their new CD, “Get Up Jack – The Road Home”, which has been receiving rave reviews around the U.S. and abroad. This is a 40 year retrospective filled with bluegrass, Celtic and folk influenced songs.

Band: Get Up Jack

Buy CD: The Road Home

 

Download MP3: Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)

Website: Get Up Jack

Hometown: Delmar, NY  USA

Similar Artists: Clancys, Wolftones, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonathon Edwards, Ricky Skaggs

 

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MP3: “As I Roved Out” by Bourbon & Shamrocks

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Bourbon & Shamrocks is a band founded on fun music and good times. Most of the members have been jamming together for the last 10 to 15 years. One day, things changed and they got a chance to go public at a small local pub. They love the music they play, and they love to share it with their audience.  Many of their tunes are up-beat and full of energy. When mixed in with a few traditional celtic songs and ballads, they create a well-rounded package for the music lover. As their motto plainly states in Gaelic, “ Ceoil agus Craic aneas!”, you can count on “Music and Fun from the South!”

 

Band: Bourbon & Shamrocks

Buy CD: As I Roved Out

Download MP3: As I Roved Out

Website: Bourbon & Shamrocks

Hometown: Huntsville, AL USA

Similar Artists: Flogging Molly, Brobdingnagian Bards, The Dubliners, The Pogues

 

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Review: Celtica Pipes Rock – Legends and Visions

When I wrote a review of Celtica Pipes Rock Oceans of Fire, they asked if I might do one of their new album, Legends and Visions which was only being sold at shows when I wrote the last review, now it’s available for sale in other venues.

To recap. The band is back together, Celtica: Pipes Rock is once more a six-piece band. Their piper, Jane Espie is back. That’s one of the things that makes this band great, not only is it real rock and roll, it’s real Scottish pipes with a female piper, to boot to complement Duncan Knight’s awesome work. I’m sorry I missed seeing them perform live at the North Texas Irish Festival, but I will see them in concert one day. Just not when they’re in Tulsa in a couple of months, darn it.
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Legends and Visions has a similar format to their other albums. It’s set up as a “show” or story. There’s an intro before going into their tracks. One of the main things I like about this album is that it has a fun sci-fi/fantasy theme to it along with rock and roll and Celtic standards done in their signature style. What’s different is the naming conventions. In the past they’ve told you what songs they’re mashing up in their medleys. Now you get to guess – except for “Love U2!”, that one’s pretty self-explanatory – and an excellent medley of songs skillfully woven together.

Their versions of “Albas Shore” and “Whiskey in The Jar” probably aren’t what you’re used to, but I rock out to them – as with all the tracks. The vocals are minimal – mostly instrumental. I keep this band on my Writing AND Road Trip playlists for those times I need LOUD but good because this band has more skill than I could ever imagine. It’s also good fun – especially if you’re having a bad day and want to hide. You can’t listen to this album and sit or stand still. “Rolling with the Goblins” has a SWING DANCE beat to half the song, how does anyone stay still for that?
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They did put a track on this project that I’ve been waiting for. When I was introduced to Celtica, I looked them up on YouTube and fell in love with their video for their cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’” – which they encourage the audience to sing. They did a compilation video from their tour of the song. I believe it was their encore song, and now it’s the encore of Legends and Visions and for a live track, it’s fantastic.

Artist: Celtica: Pipes Rock
Buy Album: CD BABY

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on www.RhondaEudaly.com.

Review: Socks In The Frying Pan

When it comes to reviewing albums, something has to grab me – where the band is from, their influences, and sometimes even the band’s name…that’s what drew me to Socks in the Frying Pan. This is a trio from Ireland that does traditional Irish/Celtic music with unique twists and turns. The trio consists of two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes, and Aodán Coyne. The trio is from County Clare and is now moving out of West Ireland to take on the world. They’re embarking on their first US tour in 2014.
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They mailed me their self-titled CD from Ireland, which was nice of them – I don’t get mail from overseas often. In taking a look at the packaging, I actually appreciate that they identified what kind of song each track was – a reel, a jig, a “song”(which means vocals), etc. That gave me some idea of what I was listening too. Five of the twelve tracks include vocals, the others are instrumental.

I like the mix of instrumental and vocal. The reels and jigs tend to be upbeat and high energy. They immediately went in my “writing” playlist. Not only do these tracks get your toes tapping, but at least my fingers flying across keyboards (yes, I type to tempo). I’m amused that the first track on the album is called “The Finale”. The songs have lovely woven harmonies to the melody in that traditional Celtic sound that’s both soothing and energetic, especially since you can hear the brogue in the vocals.
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In albums like this, it’s hard to pick a track that stands out, it all flows over and around in cohesive whole, but if I had to pick one – it would be “Foreign Lander”. This is the only a cappella song, and it’s not only tight vocally, it’s a haunting melody and gorgeously arranged. The Track for the Criac brings in several other musicians to play – as The Odd Socks (which makes me giggle) – and is beautiful community track with all the extra layers.

So let’s welcome Socks in the Frying Pan to the US. If you have a chance to see them perform, go. It’ll be worth it. If you can’t, pick up the album and just let it wash over you.

Artist: Socks In The Frying Pan
Buy Album: Socks In The Frying Pan
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Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on www.RhondaEudaly.com.

New Celtic CDs from Runa, The Yanks, Leaping Lulu, Whiskey Sunday, Ruth Keggin

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Current Affairs
by Runa
Multi Award-Winning Celtic Roots music group – fourth studio release
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

Haymaker
by The Yanks
Double CD from NYC-based Irish traditional band
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

Celtic Night Live
by Leaping Lulu
From traditional Celtic songs to lively reels & jigs, come celebrate our tenth anniversary of Celtic Night. Lots of fast & furious fiddle & flute, fabulous male vocals, and rhythm guitar supported by traditional Irish drum and percussion.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

Holy Water
by Whiskey Sunday
You’ll hear references of older times with bittersweet stories hidden in joyful harmonies. The combination of harp & fiddle produce an antique effect in a modern group. Music that asks you to pour something single malt, sit on the porch, & sip reverently.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
Release Date: 2014

Sheear
by Ruth Keggin
A live studio recording featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, arranged in a fresh and imaginative way. “A singer of real range and depth, capable of soaring from warm lows to clear highs” – fRoots magazine
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014