Gaelic Storm – Cabbage – (Lost Again Records)

Album Reviews, Gaelic Storm — By on July 5, 2010 4:54 pm

Gaelic Storm’s new album Cabbage is about as summery as it can get for a band whose members hail from the rainiest islands on earth.

With a pinch of tropical drums for heat and a liberal splash of rum (or whiskey, whichever you’re feeling) the album yields a heady cocktail that tests the versatility of Irish music. They cover topics from space travel to rum running during the Prohibition without missing a beat.

There’s plenty of fiddle, pennywhistle and pipes to be found here too in such whirling-dervish tracks as “Blind Monkey” and “the Buzzards of Bourbon Street” to show the band hasn’t strayed too far from their roots for traditional Irish fans. Gaelic Storm never fails to bring it all back home, as evident in the album’s Irish-American tribute “Raised on Black and Tans”. And if that song should be the official anthem of St. Paddy’s Day for Irish-American mutts everywhere, then “Red Hair, Green Eyes” is the song that kicks off the afterparty.

After the dust settles, Cabbage proves to be another fun ride from the band that first made you want to party with them in the steerage of the Titanic. Look for Gaelic Storm at a pub or festival near you as they prove themselves again to be one of the hardest-working, hardest-partying Irish acts on the road.

Cabbage drops on Aug. 3rd. Get a free download of “Raised on Black and Tans” at the Gaelic Storm website.

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