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Larry Kirwan’s Celtic Invasion

April 28, 2013

I’ve said this before have experience putting together compilation albums – it’s not easy. It isn’t a job of slapping a few ol’ track on a disk and pressing. The music and the tracks have to flow and complement each other, so hats off to Black 47’s Larry Kirwan for a fine job. The idea of this compilation is to showcase various bands that Larry has featured on his Celtic Crush show on Sirius XM radio. The comp has a nice mix of Celtic tinged acts – most more radio friendly then the stuff we do at Shite’n’Onions. We have some big mainstream names like Hothouse FlowersRunrig and The Waterboys with a phenomenal live version of “Savage Earth”. There is Black 47 themselves with Uncle Jim, Shite’n’Onions fav’s Blaggards (no The) with an almost metal version of “The Irish Rover” and a classic blast from the past in Pat McGuire’s, “You’re So Beautiful”. The rest of the album is given to showcase some fine less established banks like BarleyjuiceCeltic Cross, Peatbog Faeries, Garrahan’s Ghost’s and Shilelagh Law.

Garrahan’s Ghost: Songs from the Spider Box

March 11, 2012

Songs from the Spider Box, is the very musically clever debut from York, PA based Garrahan’s Ghost. I say musically clever as the Ghosts combine speedy, high energy Celtic rock with a punk/new wave-ish edge (I say new wave as the vocals by Roo Nevin make me think back to that era) and tight musicianship, prominent accordion, fluid and at times jazzy guitars, a bit polka, a bit gypsy, a bit sleazy lounge act, and a bit Irish dance (Ceile) band. Jewels Jig and Houdini Diablo are the most Celtic/Folk/Punk tracks if the clever bit doesn’t scare you off.