If the Christmas Jug Band's CD (here) wasn't quite enough fun for ya, you might want to check out where a decent amount of all Americana derived in this great roistering Celtic disc of drinking songs, ballads, and generally reel-ing ditties…with the occasional tear. One way or another, this is genuine pint-lifting music.
The Shamrockers acoustic quintet keeps to the unamplified side of the house, the better to preserve old airs much more faithfully. There are grins and giggles aplenty, including a jape at aging (The Irish Song and Dance), as well as a Celtic madrigalian tear jerker or two. Solo singing and group vocals liltingly permeate everything, shored up by sprightly playing. In music like this, though, there aren't a lot of solos, so don't expect flash and thunder, just damn good ensemble harmonies and a resonance that will urge you to kick off your shoes and dance in clover.
Just Plain Lucky is a prefect demonstration why this music refuses to die. It's bogglingly infectious, high-spirited, and heartening even amid the tales of woe, mindful of where we all came from…no matter where we came from geographically. Listen to Haul Away and tell me if you don't hear Volga Boatmen and many other celebrated songs, here primally delivered a capella atop a lone drumskin thump. Do you like Steeleye Span, the Pogues, and that sort of thing? Then, if not familiar with their antecedents, Just Plain Lucky is going to be a revelation.
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Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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