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Album Review

The second release by the Prodigals reveals a somewhat changed personality than that present on their 1997 self-titled debut. New vocalist and guitarist Ray Kelly has injected into their music a bit more of an aggressive attitude; his presence gives the Prodigals a pseudo-punk identity. Bassist Andrew Harkin has developed a more pronounced style of playing and frequently delivers the melody line in a funky or jazzy manner. There are noticeable drum'n'bass grooves provided by Harkin and drummer Brian Tracey, which, when paired with Gregory Grene's traditional accordion playing, yields a unique hybrid of Celtic rock. Their version of "Spancil Hill" cleverly juxtaposes the country & western classic "Ghost Riders in the Sky" with that traditional Irish piece, and "Quart of Gin" boasts some lightning-fast bass and accordion playing, two examples of their genre-stretching tendencies.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '90s, '00s

Based in New York, this Irish/American group should not be confused with Mike Garden's Scottish outfit bearing the same name although they share styles. This band has obvious traditional influences coupled with strong punk and drum'n'bass references. The accordion playing style of Gregory Grene resembles that of John Whelan and is the Prodigals' lead instrument. Grene's expertise on accordion and his understanding of Irish music elevates the group as one of the premier Celtic rock bands leading into...
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