Ground Breaking Dance Making Celtic Roots!
"The New Colossus" by MacTalla Mor
by Catherine L. Tully
Artist: MacTalla Mor
Album: "The New Colossus"
Year produced: 2007
Get ready to get knocked out with this CD--right from the very first track! The unstoppable energy of this band is back, and better than ever on their latest effort, "The New Colossus." MacTalla Mor is able to do their "fusion" style without it being overly obvious--it seems so natural to hear the wonderful and interesting sounds they call forth in each track. You can hear the tugging of all kinds of musical styles here; Calypso, Jazz, Rock and more, all blended with traditional Celtic rhythms and instruments.
With rich, emotion-filled vocals rounding out the mixture, this CD is a mixture of sounds that shows the range of the band while still being true to their overall style and cornucopia of sound. MacTalla has champion pipers, an award-winning Gaelic singer and top-notch musicians to call on--and they don't rest on their previous accomplishments, but rather seek to grow, expand their sound and better themselves each time they come together for a CD. The New Colossus is such an effort, and the band remains one of my absolute favorites.
Besides the first track here, bagpipe fans shouldn't miss track 7, New Wave or track 10, a bagpipe duet. That said, the best way to listen to the CD is to pop it in and go start to finish--you'll be taken on the grand tour--through a variety of musical sounds that is a treat--sometimes fun, sometimes astonishing and always terrific. The last track on the album will leave even the most discriminating listener satisfied, and those who love the pipes will be smiling ear to ear.
Buy the Album: "The New Colossus"
MacTalla Mor, Gaelic for Great Echo an exciting Celtic Roots Band featuring The Great Highland Bagpipes, Piano, Vocals and Bodhran in a dynamic mix of Traditional Celtic, Roots Rock, Calypso, Hip Hop, Fusion and Jazz is taking America by Storm" Their champion pipers Jesse & Levon and award winning Gaelic singer Ilana, along with a variety of acclaimed musicians, set them apart and make them a crowd favorite throughout North America. Their energetic performances receive rave reviews, standing ovations and instant invitations to return wherever they perform. Along with Traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, MacTalla's original songs, arrangements and driving rhythms create an engaging and magical blend of the past and the present. In addition to headlining at major Festivals, Universities and Celtic Events they've appeared at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, on ABC, NBC and CBS TV, played for HBO Studios, New York City's Steinway Hall and Central Park's Tavern On the Green and are heard daily on radio stations throughout the world. They recently helped break attendance records at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games NC, the largest Scottish Clan gathering in America with over 50,000 people in attendance. MacTalla Mor Band is called "Compelling and Powerful" by the Ale Street News and "Celtic Music for the Masses" by the Hartford Advocate. Traditional Gaelic singing (Sean-nos) and Puirt a' Beul (Mouth Music) meet original Celtic Roots Rock and Fusion. Join MacTalla for their special brand of Earth Shaking, Dance Making, Ground Breaking Celtic Rock and Fusion "The Pipes Are Calling...Resistance Is Futile"!
MacTalla Mor features renowned Great Highland Bagpiper Jesse MO' Ofgang of New York City's Monaghan Pipe Band on Pipes, Whistles, Drums, Percussion and Vocals, his sister Ilana Regina on Piano, Organ, Bass Pedals and Vocals, their brother Levon on Bagpipes, whistles, Percussion and Vocals, their mom Patty Devlin Ofgang on Bodhran, Percussion and Vocals, their brother, Songwritter & Magician "MageErik" on Vocals and Magic, and acclaimed musicians and dancers from around the world on Vocals, Bass, Pipes and Percussion. For more detailed information visit MtM's website at:www.mactalla.com, view MacTallaMor's Press Kit at: www.sonicbids.com/mactalla, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 203-7463310 or write: MacTallaMor Band 50 Park Avenue New York, NY 10016.
CD Fans and Reveiws:
I love your new CD. The first track [Mist Covered Mountains]is incredible! I especially like "The New Colossus," "US Reggae," and "New Wave." BH
The New Colossus is amazing!
The title track and US reggAe both have me reaching for the repeat button.
Time Out and the longer version of Itchy Fingers are pure fun. The Gaelic
pieces are simply beautiful.
The album has been playing nonstop on my G5 at the office since it came in. GS