Music of Gaelic Storm

So I went and saw Gaelic Storm in concert last night and they are phenomenal. Honestly. They rival my favorite band Great Big Sea (they tie with Flogging Molly though). They kept the crowd going and got a lot of people to dance (that might have been the beer though). Nothing like good old Irish music on a nice summer’s day to make life feel right.

I bought their new CD, Bring Yer Wellies, and I really love it. It’s got some of their best songs to date on it and they keep their style throughout the whole thing. They bring great beats that you can’t but jig to (or attempt to jig to).

Bring Yer Welliesgaelic storm

01. Scalliwag
02. Me and the Moon *
03. Never Drink ’em Dry (Johnny Tarr’s Funeral)
04. The Devil Down Below
05. De Luain, De Mairt
06. Bare in the Basin
07. Kelly’s Wellies *
08. Slingshot
09. Hello Monday
10. The Long Way Home
11. The Salt Lick
12. Don’t Go For “The One” *
13. Tornado Alley
14. Kiss Me I’m Irish

My favorite song on this album is Me and the Moon. It’s got a catchy tunes and some pretty cute lyrics too (“I’m gonna miss my friend moonshine”). Their songs are original and they’ve some instrumental stuff in here. One of my favorite sounds is the fiddle and the bodhran and they mix them beautifully in their music.

Gaelic Storm has been around for almost ten years now and they’ve remained true to their original sound. All five of the members of incredibly talented and know how to play their respective instruments to a level of genius. They’ve got a toe-tapping sound and I can’t wait to see them in concert again. They are fantastic.

If you download any of the three tracks I’ve upped for you, let me know. I like to see who’s interested in what kind of music (if anyone likes the stuff I enjoy). Also, if you like what you hear, make sure you head over to their website and check out their store. They’ve got all their CDs for sale there. Hope you like them!

Music of Liz Clark

A friend of mine came up for the weekend and stayed with me and we swapped life-news, chinese food favorites, and music. She has me hooked on a female singer-songwriter called Liz Clark whose music consists of folky, feminist pop-rock tunes. Her current CD Hand on the Stove is catchy and uplifting.

Hand on the Stove
1. Who’s Your Angel
2. Hurricane *
3. Encore *
4. Something I Can Live Without
5. Hand Off The Stove
6. Soft Side *
7. Be A Man
8. Love And War
9. I Need You
10. Race Street

My favorite song so far is “Hurricane,” which starts out with the question, “What’s the cost of being honest when you have nothing else to lose?” Many of her songs are powerful and thought-provoking like this, and all of them are backed by her powerful vocals and truthful lyrics. Her sound is soulful and her voice much more rock than folk. Her lyrics are clever and clearly poetry as well as song. Her piano and guitar skills are phenomenal, and I thought I’d give you a little taste of some of her music.

If you download one of the songs I posted, let me know so I can keep track. If you like her CD and want more, please check out her store or her tour dates to see when she’s coming to play near you. I highly suggest you try and catch her play live. If you like me posting reviews like this let me know and I’ll post more. Enjoy Liz Clark!