Perhaps because of their Renaissance Faire origins, Bedlam Boys have a penchant for the balladic side of Celtic music, with an emphasis on harmony. The gentle intertwining of dual guitars, or guitar with mandolin, frequently accompanies vocals set in a minor key, and gracefully declaimed. Best of Bedlam gives a melodious selection of their performances, from the perennial Celtic favorites "Loch Lomond" and "Banish Misfortune" to the rousing anti-war song "Arthur McBride." "Searching for Lambs" is a new release on this CD, and presents a lucid, robust preformance, rich with complimentary male vocal harmonies. Instrumentals such as "Si Bheag Si Mor" and "Carolan's Cup" give a sampling of their talents on the strings and will gladden the ears of both casual listeners and regular fans. This is a pleasant introduction to the group for those just discovering Bedlam Boys, though longtime fans may well already have many of these songs from their previous releases, The Bedlam Boys and Goltraighe.
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