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The Mary Wallopers (from the album Irish Rock N Roll available on BC Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
With one foot in tradition and the other on the rock and roll gas pedal, The Mary Wallopers Irish Rock N Roll is a collection of traditional-sounding Irish tunes that could be 100 years old or 100 seconds old. It’s an album of respect to sounds passed through generations from The Emerald Isle and respecting people wanting something rowdy; which Irish Rock N Roll. This is a fun record.
First there’s the rowdy. Cuts like “The Holy Ground”, “Madam I’m A Darlin’”, and “The Hot Asphalt” have a gritty vibe with a wonderful bounce. They’re aggressive, raw and loaded with punch. Yet The Mary Wallopers then will drop a ballad like the holiday ready “Vultures of Christmas” and “Wexford” which is a wonderful nod to travel along with the narrator’s father and his teachings, including a love of music stated by the line ‘how I will never starve with a banjo, fiddle or song’.
But for the most part The Mary Wallopers keep it good and rowdy. “The Blarney Stone” is another cut loaded with traditional punch, and “Rothesay-O” is stacked with hitting harmonies and a tin-whistle that floats with the thumping vocals. This stuff is timeless, as these rhythms and melodies and this style hit it hard centuries ago, they hit it hard now. This is important to any music lover who respects tradition, traditional instruments, and the importance of a solid history lesson loaded with your Rock N Roll.
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