Thursday, March 7, 2013
Seamlessly blending their rock and Celtic influences into a high energy, anthemic and lyrically poignant mix, the band—whose lineup since 2002 includes co-founder Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar), fellow Dubliner Brendan Holmes (bass, vocals), American-born members Bob Boulding (guitar, vocals), Chas Waltz (violin, keyboards, harp, mandolin, vocals) and Dave Ingraham (drums, percussion)--jumps energetically from ballad to barn burner, documenting as they go the vibrant yet chaotic world they find themselves in. From edgy political tunes to the travails of life in an internationally touring band, Saints and Sinners chronicles and tackles it all with joy, wit, enthusiasm and a profound belief that things can get better. They’re joined once again by Uillean pipe and pennywhistle master Eric Rigler, famed for his film work on the Titanic and Braveheart soundtracks, who has appeared on the band’s last three albums and is a regular touring member.-Amazon
Lift MacCahir Og your face
You’re brooding o’er you’re old disgrace
That black FitzWilliam stormed your place,
He sent you to the Fern.
Grey said victory was sure
Soon the firebrand he’d secure;
Until he met at Glenmalure
With Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne.
Curse and swear Lord Kildare,
Fiach will do wha…-Follow me up to Carlow
“Even with all the touring we do, the thing that keeps us going is the one thing that never gets old,” says Roberts. “And that’s playing those older songs people love and then mixing in a new song and hearing a positive, excited reaction from the crowd for the first time. We’ve had our share of tough gigs too, but all it takes is that one great show, those perfect moments of band and audience communication, to appreciate what we’re doing up there and why. It’s all about the joy of performing, watching the people dance and hearing them sing along.”
I’ve found that Irish/ Celtic music makes really good floor music. And I love this band to pieces-Candy
Need some Irish tunes for your St. Patty's day? They just might do the trick.
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