Posts Tagged ‘celtic’

For the final shot of Irishness during this most Irish of months I bring you a band that is a little closer to home. Formed in 1997 by Irishman Dave King, Flogging Molly eventually got all the right characters in place: Dave King on guitars, vocals and bodhran; Dennis Casey on guitars and vocals; Matthew Hensley on accordion, concertina, piano and vocals; Nathan Maxwell on bass and vocals; Bridget Regan on violin, tin whistle, classical guitar, uilleann pipes and vocals; and Robert Schmidt on drums. The group also had a growing following at Molly Malones, the Los Angeles bar that gave them their start. Though they didn’t start out with a specific ‘signature’ sound in mind, how could they not pay homage to the homeland of founding members Dave King and Bridget Regan? I would put their sound somewhere between punk rock and Celtic rock. It’s just fun, rowdy, usually feel-good music. Though they have some more serious, even melancholy themes, I prefer the good timey songs such as the Devil’s Dance Floor, from their 2000 album Swagger:

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Continuing with our theme this month, today’s band comes to us from Armagh, Northern Ireland. Formed in 1993 by brothers Cíaran and Dermot O’Hagan, Waylander originally envisioned their style to resemble that of an ’80s metal band. As if by accident, or perhaps fate, the first song they wrote turned out to be more in the Celtic style. Indeed, according to the metal-archives website, most of the band’s lyrics focus on Celtic mythology, folklore, and history. Though obscured in many biographies found online, the group endured several lineup changes before settling on Cíaran O’Hagan (vocals), Dermot O’Hagan (guitars), Den Ferran (drums) and Jason Barriskill (bass) and recording their debut demo, “Once Upon an Era” in late 1994.

In late 1995/early 1996, the band recorded their second demo “Dawning of a New Age” after removal of bassist Jason Barriskill. He was replaced by Michael Proctor and the band went on to add Máirtín Mac Cormaic on the tin whistle to give their sound a decidedly Celtic-folk feel. This turned out to be a boon for the band’s popularity throughout Ireland, Scotland and England. Then in 1998, they hooked up with Century Media Records and renowned producer Andy Classen at his Stage One Studios in Germany. They recorded and released their debut album “Reawakening Pride Once Lost” to ‘excellent reviews,’ according to their website. By 2008, Waylander had released their latest album Honour Amongst Chaos.

Check out “Born to Fight” from their 1998 Reawakening Pride Once Lost album.

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Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I thought I would dedicate this month’s Melodic Mondays to that joyous day of celebration. Normally you might expect to find a great band playing traditional Celtic folk music in Ireland, the birthplace of such music. In 1992, however, longing to perform fairly exclusively classic Irish music, the drummer in Serbian band Roze Poze Dušan Živanović learned to play the accordion to expand his musical repertoire. He also formed his own band with Ana Đokić (violin) and Dejan Lalić (mandolin, banjo, tin whistles). Later Aleksandar Petrović, Vladan Jovković, and Dejan Jevtović joined the group and together they became the Orthodox Celts. After playing mostly small shows, the group released their first album in 1994, which featured covers of Irish folk songs.

Since the only significant source of information about the band is on their Facebook, I will not just regurgitate it here. I just really appreciate their dedication to such a lively and cheerful music style that is so steeped in tradition. Go to their page and check them out. Also, take a look at one of their videos below: