Stomp (Scottish Pipes and Drums Untamed)

The Stomp (Scottish Pipes and Drums Untamed)

by Saor Patrol
     
 
Modernizing traditional Celtic music is a tricky proposition. Its popularity is based at least in part on the traditional nature itself, aside from the inherent musicality. Nonetheless, the boys of Saor Patrol fling themselves into the role of modernizers with gusto. The album opens in a rather standard fashion, pipes blaring a bit. With

Overview

Modernizing traditional Celtic music is a tricky proposition. Its popularity is based at least in part on the traditional nature itself, aside from the inherent musicality. Nonetheless, the boys of Saor Patrol fling themselves into the role of modernizers with gusto. The album opens in a rather standard fashion, pipes blaring a bit. With "The Stomp," though, the band moves into a full ZZ Top-style electric groove -- pipes missing, drums and bass ablaze. There's dramatic, pastoral pipe music by the next song, however, bringing the tone back to something more nostalgic under the able piping of Charlie Allan. Electric guitars parallel the pipes in "Solveig...Gone Electric," and a full-fledged attack on the drums in "M.S.B." could nearly have doubled as a Kodo composition. That drum fanaticism gets worked ably into the following track, providing a strong foundation for a rousing pipe piece in "Black Bull," but tapers off for a darker, almost Phil Collins-inspired beat in "Toom Tabard." The stronger pipe and drum combination returns for a pair of tracks, finishing the album with the addition of an electric guitar for an off-kilter synthesis of metal riffs and bagpipes. The album has a few fits and starts when it switches from nostalgic to groundbreaking and back, but it's amusing and a good listen throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037227025
catalogNumber:
2270
Rank:
95830

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saor Patrol   Primary Artist
Joe Owens   Guitar,Drums,Group Member
Jason Kane   Flute,Guest Appearance
Marcus Dickson   Drums,Group Member
Paul Kane   Guitar,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Kev Johnston   Drums,Group Member
Charlie Allan   Bagpipes,Group Member

Technical Credits

Stuart Hamilton   Engineer
Charlie Allan   Composer
Ute Entwistle   translation,Layout
Keith Mitchell   Engineer
Jeannine Blanpain   translation
David Rivier   Cover Photo
Alex Croft   Cover Design
Marcus Dickson   Drum Arrangements
Paul Kane   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,keyboard arrangements,Guitar Arrangements
Kev Johnston   Drum Arrangements
Charlie Allan   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes

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