‘After The Sherry Went Round’ by The Eskies - jazz-encircled, gypsy-folk from the dark side(July 06, 2016)
Abandon preconceptions, pour boundless energy, add buckets of passion, and you have the unrelenting maelstrom of sound that is The Eskies. Imagine music that grabs you by the arm and threatens to drag you onto the dance floor – visualise all that and you’ll be close, only close though. You need to listen to ‘After The Sherry Went Round’ to realise that its wild miasma is only waiting to pounce while jazz-encircled, gypsy-folk from the dark side of ebullient musicianship soars around your ears with throat-ripping, hard-hitting, belligerent vocals.
From moment the title track ‘After The Sherry Went Round’ breaks free, through ‘When The Storm Came’ and ‘Eloise’ to the rapid-fire ‘Tear Along The Line’, there’s not a moment to catch your breath, it’s a headlong rush and you’re part of it. ‘Down By The River’ continues the impetuous race before ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ evokes a reminder of The Devil’s Gospel Choir and ‘Heave Away’ introduces its rabid sea shanty impulse.
Rarely does an album make you feel exhausted – this one does but it’s a fatigue you will relish.
The Eskies are: Ian Bermingham (guitar, vocals) Tim George (bass, vocals) Steven Kearney (drums, vocals) Rob Murphy (mandolin) and Sean O'Reilly (guitar, vocals) with Lord Henry’s Little Big Band Kev Foran (trumpet) Daniel Page (clarinet) and Chris Rooney (trombone), and Eoghan Keane (trumpet –‘Fever’)
Review: Charlie Elland