Now that's good fiddlin'! Picture the perky young sparrows of B*Witched getting together with Michael Flatley's Riverdance corps for a Hibernian hoedown -- albeit with a more than ample dose of world beat merriment -- and you'll get a sense of the Barrage lying in wait on this spirited debut. This sprightly, 11-member bunch is a world folk fiddle outfit whose multiculti aspirations are downright wholesome. Indeed, while every romp here somehow bears the stamp of their Celtic roots, Indian, Caribbean, and swing music are just some of the other sounds to make their way onto the stage here. "Mahatma" whips up an entrancing whirlwind of string harmonies over an exotic vocal drone. "Sing, Sing, Sing" is a swingin' hothouse riot. "Calypso Jam" blissfully distills Harry Belafonte's calling-card rhythms with tin whistles, while "The Ukraine" is an out-and-out Russian klezmer party. "Until We Meet Again" is a simple benediction of the sweetest kind. Bow those strings and bring on the Barrage!
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- Madacy 2 Label Group
Performance CreditsBarrage Primary Artist
Scott Duncan Violin,Vocals
John Hyde Acoustic Bass
Aaron Young Guitar,Mandolin
Michael Alati Drums
Denis Dufresne Violin,Vocals
Bob Fenske Percussion,Mallets
Errol Fischer Violin,Vocals
Chritine Forget Vocals
Allison Granger Violin,Vocals,tin whistle
Tim Harley Electric Bass
Josh Zubot Violin,Vocals
Joanna Peters Percussion
Technical CreditsDean Marshall Arranger,Producer
Paul Baker Producer,Engineer
Pierre Messier Engineer
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I have had the pleasure of hearing this music both recorded and ''seeing the music'' live. I can't think of any other way to describe it. The fun the group is having has a way of coming through when you listen to Sing, Sing, Sing and Old Joe Clark...and the beauty of Mountain Spring is almost enough to make me throw away rock collection (though I ain't gonna...but there's definitely room for Barrage)! This is one of those albums that only comes around every few years...one that you don't know how to live without once you've heard it.
If you like the CD you should make it a point to see their live tour. Simply amazing!
I say this group on Public Television before the CD was released and was truly impressed by the diversity of their music. They seem comfortable playing Irish step music, swing or Indian music as evidenced by the piece Mahatma. I couldn't wait for this release.
Recently, some of my friends and I were at Epcot (Walt Disney World) when we heard some amazing music. We ran to see what it was and, as violinists, were astounded to discover that it was violinists playing and dancing around on stage. We sat, mesmerized, mesmerized through the concert and then rushed to buy the cd. Barrage has been in my cd player since October and I am still enjoying it immensely. If you like fiddling, rock, celtic or classical music, this is the cd for you!
WOW! Barrage is a stunning aural fusion of musical styles that cover a wide spectrum, from Celtic and folk to big band swing and East Indian to Calypso and Jazz to Kleczmer, Classical and Pop. These eleven players (mostly fiddle players mixed with guitars, percussion, flutes and a xylophone) unleash dazzling energetic playing on songs such as ¿Chopsticken,¿ ¿The Ukraine,¿ and the barn-burning ¿Old Joe Clark¿ but they wisely alter the mood throughout on slower tracks like ¿Mountain Spring,¿ the majestic swirling Middle Eastern ¿Mahatma¿ and the breathless vocal ¿Until We Meet Again¿. Barrage has about half vocal cuts and half instrumental excursions. If you like foot stomping, hand clapping, good time music with International tastes and textures, then Barrage your senses with this amazing CD. Just listening to it makes me imagine choreographed fiddlers happily dancing and swinging. I can¿t wait to see the show and I¿ll definitely buy the DVD when it comes out.
Unbelievable collection of talent here - this is a CD you must have no matter what your taste in music. It's impossible not to tap your feet and grin ear to ear while enjoying each song. Can't wait for the next CD!!
I have been a Barrage fan for almost a year. I first saw them summer of 2001, and fell in love with their music and the live show. I bought the CD, and the music video, and was not dissappointed in the least. I highly recommend Barrage. If you ever get a chance to see them live, DON'T pass it up. It will be an unforgettable experience.