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.
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