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Enter The HaggisEnter The Haggis
Album: Cheers And Echoes
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 22
Website: http://www.enterthehaggis.com

Since 1995, Toronto-based band Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans around the world releasing eight acclaimed studio albums.

From humble beginnings wandering the streets of Toronto broke, touring across Canada and the USA in a clapped out former ministry of transportation van to touring extensively across North America and playing major festivals in Europe it's been quite the journey. In 2014, the band retired the Enter the Haggis name and started recording and performing as Jubilee Riots. The name change was made to reflect the changes in the band's sound away from Celtic Rock to include other influences, they described their old name as "painting a one-dimensional picture that doesn't represent our varied musical influences." In November 2015 the band announced a return to Celtic Rock influences and the Enter the Haggis name. The announcement coincided with the release of "Cheers and Echoes", a compilation album consisting of songs spanning the period of 1998 to 2015.

"Mrs. Elliott" is the opening track on the 20th anniversary retrospective double album and is a triumphant return to form, showcasing Enter The Haggis' signature sound and instrumentation; bagpipes blaze over a powerhouse hard-rock rhythm section, the track is inspired by a tragic story in a small town on Lake Huron, contained also are straight-shooting socio-political tracks such as "Gasoline" and an old Irish ballad called "Lannigans Ball" which always has connected with their audiences. " One last drink" is based on a true story related to the band about an old man having one last Whisky on his death bed with friends and family near Ottawa, Ontario, and Balto is a personal favourite.

It's a nicely balanced choice of tracks throughout that represents the bands evolution, they were and still are at the cutting edge, constantly evolving, analyzing their sound, direction and perfecting their craft, whether you are new to the band or are a "Haggis Head" this compilation is the perfect way to be introduced or to recollect old glories whilst being brought bang up to date with one of the coolest Celtic bands Canada has to offer.

Stevie Connor