The Omadhauns

More Airs Apparently

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The Omadhauns are back on More Airs Apparently, and now they have added a bass player, Romney Snyder, and a vocalist, Mark Hermann. There's a traveling theme to quite a number of the songs on this album, from the lovelorn sailor "bound away to the sea" and missing his "Mary Ann" to the "Off to California Medley" to the fun, upbeat ballad about "The Cruise of the Bigaler," a Great Lakes schooner so notorious for its slowness that it "might've passed the whole fleet there -- if they'd hove to and wait!" It's one to listen to again, as is their version of "Wild Mountain Thyme," titled "Will You Go Lassie," accented with accordion in the arrangement. They offer more instrumentals as well, from "Heaven's Promise" to "Maid Behind the Bar-Medley," and their version of the soulful waltz "Waiting for Emily" is particularly nice, too -- mellow and relaxing. So, it's a welcome return for the Omadhauns, and one that's likely to encourage listeners to want even more.