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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.

Customer Reviews

Jig-punk at its rawest and best.

In the post-Riverdance world, Celtic music has become popular in many forms, but perhaps none of them are as easily-accessible to the rock fan as that of the Prodigals. On Go On, their seminal recording, they explore the worlds of both rock and Celtic music and bring their prodigious talents to play with a rawness that displays their talents as both traditional and modern musicians. Gregory Grene makes the accordian sound cool and lends his smooth clear vocal stylings to great songs such as "Alchemy" and "Black-Eyed Gypsy." Ray Kelly brings a punk-inspired gruffness to "Spancil Hill" and "Weile Waile." Andrew Harkness and Brian Tracy put their rock roots to work making the Celtic and punk worlds collide in this classic recording that will have both traditional Irish music fans tapping their toes and punk fans jamming and slamming.

irish folk freak

my dad has listened to this kind of irish punk music since i was little... and ive never found much interest in in until now. i am a kid and i can even rock out to it... this music may sound lame to some people but I LOVE IT!!

Irish Girl

Amazing! If you are Irish I highly reccomend this. Their voices are just incredible as well as their musical talent(:

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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