Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
Cabbage (Lost Again Records)
Cabbage furthers the Celtic quintet’s absorption of multiple influences, including rock, bluegrass, Jamaican, African and Middle Eastern music, but its strongest cuts remain its firmly Gaelic instrumental rave-ups (“Blind Monkey,” “Jimmy’s Bucket” and “Crazy Eyes McGullicuddy”). Part of the Titanic house band’s disarming charm is its ability to poke fun at the fact that Irish-Americanism is a rampant condition. The signature tune, “Raised on Black and Tans,” sums up the sentiment in one hilarious chorus: “My mother’s brother’s sister’s cousin’s auntie’s Uncle Barney’s father’s brother had a cousin from Killarney.” Gaelic Storm would agree we’re all Irish once a year—twice if you count Irish Fest.
Gaelic Storm performs at Irish Fest Aug. 20-22.