Neil Anderson | Dante's Local

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Dante's Local

by Neil Anderson

Ground-breaking original groove Celtic funk album from Neil Anderson, "the Jimi Hendrix of the Highland Bagpipe" (formerly of 7 Nations)
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 1 Cent Magenta
3:42 $0.99
2. Don't Feel Your Touch
3:50 $0.99
3. Thunderhead
3:25 $0.99
4. The Pound-a-Week Rise
7:12 $0.99
5. Dante's Local
3:47 $0.99
6. Paddy O'Blivion
5:54 $0.99
7. Time in Kind
6:30 $0.99
8. Digeridon't
4:54 $0.99
9. 7 Days in Bensonhurst
5:12 $0.99
10. When Is It Gonna Happen?
4:29 $0.99
11. Udu Boy
4:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Neil's 1999 studio release, Dante's Local, is a collection of cutting-edge original tunes and songs from the irreverent Antipypr. Dante's Local is reel music with integrity, guts, funk, and rock-n-roll.

"Writing and recording this album was a tremendous labor of love, made all the more enjoyable by the incredible caliber of my back-up band- J'Kael Tristram on guitars, Mark Robohm on drums, John Hill on bass, and Brian Melick on percussion. These guys are awesome and really helped me breathe life into these sets. Hope you enjoy them!" -Neil Anderson

"If you want to hear bagpipes beyond reason, combined with rocking riffs and totally cool songs, check this one out!" -Chaos Realm

"The Antipypr has done it again- crystal clarity, compelling lyrics and incredible musicianship. A 'must listen'..." -Aurora Borealis



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Chaos Realm

Bagpipes Beyond Reason!
Former 7N piper extraordinaire Neil Anderson delivers his first solo CD! This is the kind of experimentation and vision I knew Neil had in him, much more so than the Full Circle band discs, and I really like it a lot. Check out "The Pound A Week Rise" (heavy!), "Time In Kind" and the emotional "7 Days In Bensonhurst." If you want to hear bagpipes beyond reason, combined with rocking riffs and totally cool songs, check this one out. (For more metal/hard rock fans, Neil Anderson is to the bagpipes like Michael Schenker is to the guitar, if that makes any sense).

Mad Lang

Never heard the like!
Just discovered Celtic music, and this is a standout! Celtic FUNK and everything else besides. I am enjoying it so much.

Tom Knapp

Peak Material!
Much of the freshness and excitement dominating Neil Anderson's music was lost, I feared, when he parted ways from Seven Nations and struck out on his own. His CD Full Circle seemed to confirm my suspicions. Fortunately, Anderson has proven me wrong with his latest release, Dante's Local. Although the album begins with a brief snippet of a scratchy, oh-so-traditional reel, it quickly kicks into a rockin', jazzy style of Celtic music in the "1 Cent Magenta" tune set. Led all the way by Anderson's pipes, the sound is indeed fresh and very different from the normal stylings heard on bagpipe and bagpipe rock albums today. Anderson follows that up vocally with Bruce Cockburn's "Don't Feel Your Touch," which gains new life with Anderson's piped harmony lines, then flows into the raucous jig "Thunderhead," which explodes with jazz-heavy energy. Anderson revisits "The Pound-a-Week Rise," a crowd favorite in his 7N days, but instead of simply remaking the tune with a different band, he and guitarist/producer J'Kael have concocted a new, bluesy arrangement which could win Anderson some new converts. It begins with a mournful pipe solo and drone before breaking into the weighty new rendition, featuring J'Kael's backing vocals for extra wail. Anderson's original song "Dante's Local" is an anthem to end-of-life revelry, and his original "Time in Kind" is a bluesy song with clever lyrics and a cleverer still use of lines from "Wild Rover." The song "7 Days in Bensonhurst," another Anderson original, takes a ponderous, powerful look at global social issues, and the woeful original "When Is It Gonna Happen" takes us down into a mellow, dark and smoky basement jazz club. There are more tune sets ("Paddy O'Blivion," "Digeridon't," "Udu Boy") which use the pipes and jazz-club backing band to grand effect. Adding to the overall sound are J'Kael on guitars and mandolin, John Hill on bass guitars, Mark Robohm on drums and Brian Melick on a variety of global percussion. This is peak material from Anderson, and those (myself included) who feared we'd heard his best work in the past will be gratified by his strong showing here. He blends Celtic tunes and instruments with rock and jazz elements with a great deal more success than was heard on Full Circle, and it reignites my interest in hearing where Anderson takes his music next.