What's this? Nothing more or less than a grand satisfying album of Irish favourites and some new material
from the up and coming Candian band, Scatter the Mud. In the Müd (yes, it is pronounced
"In The Mood") is the first album from this Calgary-based quartet, named after an Irish jig.
The music is Irish and Scottish based, with a nod to the Canadian East Coast style as well. It is played with more ease than energy, vigourous enough to express the music without getting into the mad dash category, good sit-back-and-savour stuff. Lead singer Phil Flaherty's voice is distinctively rich and confident, and the backing vocals form a tight sound. The instrumental lineup has the usual spread, featuring bass guitar and Highland pipes: guitar and octave mandolin (Flaherty), bagpipes and low whistle (Cam Keating), flute, bodhran and accordion (Greg Hooper) and bass (Conan Daly) with some guest percussionists on a few tracks. None of the instrumentalists are standouts, but the ensemble is well-knit and comes together nicely.
If you like your music traditional but not shoved down your throat and like a bit of experimentation, this could be just the ticket.
Scatter The Mud
PO Box 36035
Lakeview Postal Outlet
Alberta T3E 7C6