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Enter The Haggis
Northampton
UFO Music
www.enterthehaggis.com


Enter The Haggis is yet another budding Celtic Rock band along the same lines as Newfoundland's Great Big Sea. Northampton is the band's fifth release and their second live album. The album is filled with the shrieks of adoring fans that are obviously enjoying themselves and anyone who likes a good Celtic romp will be in for a good time.

The band claims to be influenced by too many genres to count, and some of those showed through such as blues, rock and irish trad rock but comparisons to The Chieftains and The Pogues are completely unfounded. This band does not play the traditional Irish music of The Chieftains and definitely not the slurred drunken Irish punk of The Pogues. They are much more in tune with the music scene found on the eastern Canadian coastlines of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, which is influenced by both rock and traditional Irish and Scottish music.

In 'Marti's Last Stand' the band gives Flogging Molly a run for their money starting with tin whistle melody interweaved in a solid rock foundation. 'Fiddle Set' is an amalgamation of various traditional fiddle tunes previously done by bands like 'Gaelic Storm'. Much of the album is good old jam-band style rock infused with some traditional irish instrumentation. 'Long Way Home' has a fantastic bagpipe intro which, amazingly, maintained perfect intonation throughout the solo. The track then led into a mellow ballad accompanied by the keys and guitar.

In all, this album provides an enjoyable experience by fusing several genres which can be enjoyed by a very wide audience. If you are a fan of energetic Celtic influenced rock make sure to pick this album up at the next trip to the record store.

-Liger Woods


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