Fiddler's Green (GER)

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Fiddler's Green (GER)

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Fiddler's Green - Devil's Dozen (2016)

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Year : 2016
Style : Irsish Melodic Speed Folk
Country : Germany
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 177 mb


Bio:

Irish Speedfolk! With this brand of music Fiddler’s Green has gained a reputation as one of the best live acts in Germany. Since 1990 the band has played more than 1,700 concerts both at home and abroad, and their renown as live performers is backed up by 13 studio albums, an EP, five live CDs and four DVDs.With their latest releases Fiddler's shifted in to even higher gear and with new singer Pat brought a completely new and fresh sound to their studio albums. The six musicians perform with the same drive as in their legendary stage appearances, adding a live componenent to their records that hadn't been there before.DRIVE ME MAD!, SPORTS DAY AT KILLALOE, WALL OF FOLK, WINNERS & BOOZERS and DEVIL'S DOZEN reflect the band’s musical evolution over the years and are guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing. Here the six folk-rockers live up to their name as innovators, rejuvenating the classic bar-sound like no one since the Pogues added a punk component to irish traditionals.But all this was far in the future when several roommates sitting around their kitchen table in 1990 came up with the idea of a modern folk band. Founders Rainer Schulz, Peter Pathos and Ralf “Albi” Albers had already gathered musical experience in various bands between 1980 and 1990, including a folk duo and the trio X Rated. (The trio’s drummer Wolfram Kellner later joined Fiddler’s Green and played with the band from 1995 to 2000.Not long after its founding the group appeared at the newcomer festival in Erlangen. Firing up the audience with their ska-, punk-, and reggae-influenced folk music, they promptly won second prize – after only three rehearsals! From there Fiddler's Green has gone on to tour countless clubs and concert halls around Europe. In 1991 the band added new members and instruments: Stefan Klug on accordion and bodhrán (a traditional Irish drum) and Tobias Rempe on fiddle. Its first album, FIDDLER’S GREEN, came out the next year, followed by BLACK SHEEP in 1993, which brought the group more and more recognition outside their home region of Franconia.In 1995 the band acquired a new fiddler and drummer and produced the album KING SHEPHERD, once again on its own label, Deaf Shepherd Records. It reached #103 in the German album charts. The 1996 EP "Make Up Your Mind" and a fourth album, ON AND ON (1997), were then released on the major label Polydor/Universal. ON AND ON reached #61 in the German album charts.Before recording the 1998 album SPIN AROUND the whole band traveled to Los Angeles, so that they could benefit from a lot of new musical impulses. It was precisely this openness that became the band's trademark: crossing musical boundaries in a compelling way, sometimes with a spirit of playfulness and irony. These features made ANOTHER SKY a highlight of crossover folk – and it reached #2 in the top 50 albums of the German internet charts.In 2000 the group acquired its current fiddler, Tobias Heindl, and was joined the next year by present drummer Frank Jooss (formerly of "The Merlons"). In this new formation Fiddler’s Green released its long-anticipated first DVD, CELEBRATE, to celebrate a landmark: the band’s 1000th concert! In addition to the riveting live outdoor performance at castle Hoheneck the DVD offers bonus material documenting Fiddler’s Green history. The band celebrated its 15th anniversary with a second DVD, JUBILATE!, with three hours of material.2006 opened a new era for the band when it was joined by singer and guitarist Pat "This has to rock" Prziwara. DRIVE ME MAD!, the first CD with this new cast, reached #74 on the German album charts. Their latest studio release, WINNERS & BOOZERS, shows that the musicians of Fiddler's Green know better than ever how to transport their fresh sound to the studio and preserve their enthusiasm. This album made #7 in the German charts, giving them their highest standing to date.Yet through all the years and with all the new developments the six guys have never forgotten their main goal: to have a good time and make sure their audiences do, too! That is why they have a huge and devoted fan base. Three times in the past their enthusiastic performances literally brought down the stage. This just shows how energetic Fiddler's Green can be!

Album:

Fiddler’s Green celebrated their 25th anniversary last year with the release of the fantastic compilation album 25 Blarney Roses and was as about as good as anything released in 2015. They hail from the small Bavarian town of Erlangen, that is twinned with our very own Stoke. Famed for their live shows and the ability to transfer that live sound to disc their popularity has grown and grown to see them hailed as one of the major bands in the European celtic-punk scene. It’s always hard to capture the passion and excitement of a celtic-punk gig onto a studio album but when a band achieves it then that album surely becomes a must have and Fiddler’s Green have been doing exactly that for 25 years now. Beloved by their loyal following it was only the other day when talking about fellow German band The O’Reillys And The Paddyhats new album, that we remarked on how Germany has has always had a big love affair with Ireland. Despite competition from such great bands as the aforementioned Paddyhats as well as Mr. Irish Bastard, The Porters, In Search of A Rose and The Ceili Family it has been Fiddlers Green’s consistency that has seen them become arguably Germany’s most popular celtic-punk band.‘Devil’s Dozen’, also known as a Bakers Dozen, is a term often used in them olden days to mean 13, one more than a standard dozen. The practice of baking 13 items for an intended dozen was insurance against the items being lower than the statutory weight, or of lower than usual quality, which could cause the baker to be fined. And so on ‘Devils Dozen’ we find thirteen songs of, as it says on the cover, “Finest Irish Speed Folk”. The album begins with the title song and its accordion led classic Irish themed folk-punk from the very off. This is pure good time party music and there’s no one better at supplying that then Fiddlers Green. You won’t find much social commentary here and so what if you don’t!Fiddlers Green (left to right): Tobi Heindl- violin, vocals * Steve Klug- accordion, bodhran * Ralf ‘Albi’ Albers- vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo * Pat Prziwara- vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo * Rainer Schulz- bass * Frank Jooss- drums, percussion *Music has the ability to unite us and celtic-punk should not just unite but have us all linking arms throwing our beers in the air and professing our love for each other at the top of our lungs. There’s plenty of time to worry about the result of the American Presidential election another day. A great song that is followed by ‘Bottoms Up’ and you guessed it. It’s an ale themed song but the most interesting thing is they have sound rather like The Kaiser Chiefs here. That is if The Kaiser Chiefs had a fiddle payer and a accordionist! Very catchy and pure folk-punk though not of the celtic-variety in fact it has a more Eastern European feel to it.Nevertheless a class song and just shows that Fiddlers Green refuse to rest on their laurels and churn out what is expected of them. One of the album standouts for me.

“Loose girls standing by the backdoor
Hot legs stepping on the dance floor
Join in, get the mojo working
Movin’, groovin, you know what it’s good for…”

Couldn’t get this bloody song out of my head for days after listening to this album so I was glad when we moved on to ‘Down’. The first minute is a ramped up celtic -punk version of the Simon and Garfunkel hit ‘El Condor Pasa’ and just as your settling down to a rather nice cover version the Fiddlers turn it round and add their own song about going down to you know where…One of the most interesting things about Fiddlers Green is their outstanding videos so you would be well advised that after you finish this review to go make yourself a cup of tea (or something stronger) and hightail over to their You Tube channel (link below) for a hour or two. and enjoy your viewing!They can’t keep the energy going for ever so they slow it down a little for next song, ‘Boat On The River’. Now this is a cover I have never heard before and surprisingly its not an auld Irish song its a metal ballad from old and nearly forgotten 70’s rockers Styx. I actually really like the original too which you can find here but its a great and highly unusual cover that pays tribute to Styx while taking it into celtic-punk territory. They add in a bucket full of country to ‘Perfect Gang’ with absolutely superb fiddle here and a real crowd pleaser I’m sure with the great chorus. The only traditional Irish folk cover here is up next with the famous ‘Leaving Of Liverpool’.A brilliant rousing version of this great tune. Liverpool was once one of the world’s major sea ports and this song was collected from Richard Maitland, a resident of Sailor’s Snug Harbor a home for retired seamen on Staten Island. He told that he learned it while on board the sailing ship General Knox around 1885 and The Davy Crockett mentioned in the song was launched in 1853. Previously recorded by The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and The Pogues its one of the standard Irish folk songs that pop up from time to time but great to hear a version that can stand alongside them here. ‘Johnny’ sees us back in ‘celtic-indie’ territory while ‘Bad Boys’ is there punkiest song here all the while the fiddle is still fiddling and the accordion pumping meaning we never stray too far from the Fiddlers Green sound. They slow it down again for ‘Blame It On Me’ and Ralf’s vocals are never better than here. A tale of bad luck and bad choices his voice fills with emotion while the band sweep and swirl around him and the gang chorus work brilliantly well. ‘All The Way’ switches it up again and we get a lovely slice of celtic-ska with the fiddle leading the track and pushing it along till the song speeds up into a great punk song before slipping back easily into ska. We are nearing the end so time for a silly one with ‘Mr. Tickle’ about everyone’s favourite Mr Men character (apart from Mr Messy that is). ‘Here We Go Again’ and ‘We Won’t Die Tonight’ bring the curtain down on this great album that proves Fiddlers Green are truly one of the best bands in celtic-punk. Solid reliable and innovative and always moving.Devils Dozen is thirteen songs of mostly self penned numbers with a smattering of unusual and well picked covers that comes in at just over 13 45 minutes long. The album is available on CD, with vinyl due in December, but also comes as various deluxe versions including things such as DVD’s and t-shirts. Fiddlers Green are a lot different from the band that released that debut album way back in 1992 but the core of the band has remained the same and they have as a unit never lost sight of the groups main principal that their fans are everything. They would never have become so popular if they had stood still and it is their ability to try new things and styles, but always in keeping with the Fiddlers Green ethos and sound, that has helped them achieve that popularity.

Line Up:

RALF "ALBI" ALBERS: vocals, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo
PAT PRZIWARA: vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo
TOBIAS HEINDL: violin, vocals
STEFAN KLUG: accordion, bodhran
RAINER SCHULZ: bass
FRANK JOOSS: drums, percussion

Tracklist:

01. Devil's Dozen (03:12)
02. Bottoms Up (03:01)
03. Down (03:44)
04. Boat on the River (03:05)
05. Perfect Gang (04:03)
06. Leaving of Liverpool (03:07)
07. Johnny (03:13)
08. Bad Boys (02:52)
09. Blame It on Me (04:42)
10. All the Way (03:52)
11. Mr. Tickle (04:22)
12. Here We Go Again (03:27)
13. We Won't Die Tonight (03:22)

+ Video "Down" (Official Video)


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