This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 5/02
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Have you ever likened a CD to an actual month of the year? Or, more specifically, weather patterns of a certain month? Well, "A Ripple In Time," is comparable to our third month, March. Why? Simply because it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
Well, opening the release is the upbeat and lively, percussion and violin-driven, "John Tod." And closing the door is the gentle, lullaby-like instrumental, "Farewell To Ardoon." In between, The Tiller's Folly provides musical nuggets spotlighting characters and events residing in the history of British Columbia and western Canada, a number of jigs and reels, some humor and, yes, a camel song. (see the 1867 Constitution Act, British Columbia Terms of Union statute: camel song requirement)
Speaking of such, "23 Camels," is quite the playful cut. Based upon the actual importation of said dromedaries during a gold rush in the 1860s on the Fraser River, all does not quite work out as planned:
"...They kicked and bit at everything that movedThis being a band able to perform quite a celtic set, the requisite ode to the art of imbibing is offered. This one focuses on the choice of drink:
In the Cariboo in the days of old
They smelled so bad that they scared the mules
In the Cariboo in the days of gold
Causin' so much trouble that the teamsters sued..."
"...There's those who wouldn't cross the street and them's that takes the painsRollicking ebullience is the hallmark of The Tiller's Folly music. But, as with "The Ghost of Kitty O"Reilly" and the aforementioned "Farewell To Ardoon," the quieter number is also ably performed.
Some will take fermented fruit, while the others hops & grains
From the drunkard to the pious man who'd never tilt a jar
There's nothing so peculiar, drinking water at the bar
Now I might forgive a man if he by chance had robbed a bank
Or a Captain whom through sheer neglect allowed his ship to sink
I understand an unfortunate man could be forced to steal a car
But there's simply no excuse for drinking water at the bar..."
And for anyone dubious of this band's musical credentials, check out the jigs and reels--this is a group of professionals who can match note and nuance with anyone.
Covering multiple genres and having a good time while doing so is the strength of this band. The folk and celtic genres are ably represented, with elements of rock and pop also appearing. Reward that diversity and ultimately yourself with this CD. This is fun music.
Providing the music are Bruce Coughlan on vocals, guitar, woodflute and whistles; Laurence Knight on bass and vocals; Michael Sanyshyn on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Robbie Steininger on guitars, dobro, mandolin and vocals; Phil Robertson on drums and vocals; Nolan Murray on fiddle, mandolin and five-string banjo; Ian Camerson on fiddle, mandolin and guitar; Chris Stevens on five-string banjo; Jack Duncan on percussion; Gord Maxwell on vocals and John Ellis on shakers and guitar.
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