About the Artist
The Celtic influence remains palpably intact, which is likely the reason why core fans have stayed so loyal over the past decade. Still, Enter The Haggis continues to break new ground with every offering, and the power of the music is only made more significant by their socio-political conviction. 2004s Casualties Of Retail meshed the aforementioned musical synthesis with lyrics that grab a hold of pertinent issues and cut right to the chase. Standout tracks like "Gasoline" and "Congress" shone a light on a well-established social consciousness and channeled it through a sense of musical experimentation arguably unmatched by other groups with their origins.
ETHs live show is a musical feast- viscerally dynamic, emotionally uplifting and intellectually stimulating. The bands oeuvre darts effortlessly from the trad strains of, say, The Chieftains and the Pogues to the frenetic pop of early Elvis Costello and even to the Latin-tinged spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club and beyond, complete with Lewingtons deftly guitar playing, the reeling of Brian Buchanans flawless fiddle, the diverse rhythmic machinations of bassist Mark Abraham and drummer James Campbell, and Downies transporting pipes, not to mention the near-perfect vocal harmonies. In fact, if youre game, the groups undeniable power is documented in Live at Lanigans Ball, a film chronicling an Enter The Haggis performance at Plattsburgh, New Yorks Hartman Theatre in December of 2003, originally taped for a PBS special, and now available on DVD.