This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 5/05
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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This is a hybrid release from a Canadian group out of
Ontario--a combination of folk/pop songs collaborating with celtic
instrumentals. The 'glue' that binds each together is that just
about every cut, song or tune, is danceable.
Definitely high octane, the instrumentals could double as
exercise audio, running the particular gamut of fast, faster, fastest
and overdrive. Twine the lead double fiddles together with drum and
percussion, supported by bass, mandolin, piano and guitar and a dollop
of fiddle, whistle, banjo and Uilleann pipes. The listener is
'reeled' up and away by the furious energy--just try attempting to stay still.
Many of the songs are also festive in pace. The recurring theme
of the lyrical content is relationships--those with inanimate objects,
others and even oneself. This subject matter seems to particularly
dovetail with the age and life experience level of most of the band members.
It's easily imaginable that Searson is best enjoyed live and in
person, not the least to be present for the stepdancing talent of some
of Searson's members that obviously doesn't come through on a CD. But
for those who don't reside in or around Ontario or near any of
Searson's touring sites, this release will certainly provide ample
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