Drowning Bagpipes

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Drowning Bagpipes are a Celtic-rock band from Munich. Their debut recording perhaps unwittingly recreates the Mitch Easter jangle quite nicely due to the proliferation of Stefan Meindl's guitars and Markus Nitschke's mandolin. Meindl's e-bow also recalls the sound perfected by Big Country. The melody is often carried by their classically trained violinist Beate who has taken a liking to Irish fiddle music in years recent to this recording date. He performs admirably employing both traditional and classical techniques in this rock setting. The bulk of their material was written by Meindl with assistance from Nitschke. It possesses an obvious British quality (particularly the vocals) not unlike that of another German folk-rock band, Tapsi Turtles. Standout tracks include "100 Men and Me" a Great Big Sea-like singalong, "Cooley's and Galtee," a cool, modernized traditional fiddle tune, and "Eire in Mind," an engaging acoustic instrumental featuring the mandolin. The epic "One Fairy Girl" combines fantasy with a changing rhythm and recurring melody to yield a prog-Celt-rock hybrid.

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