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.
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?
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.
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.