Jasper Coal | Drowning the Shamrock

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Drowning the Shamrock

by Jasper Coal

A blending of traditional Celtic and aggressive American Paddy-punk sensibilities.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Step It Out Mary
3:10 $0.99
2. Jamie Raeburn
4:31 $0.99
3. Crooked Jack
2:52 $0.99
4. The Andro Set
3:42 $0.99
5. Gather Up the Pots
1:40 $0.99
6. Ye Jacobites By Name
2:47 $0.99
7. Big Jig Set
3:07 $0.99
8. The Foggy Dew
3:11 $0.99
9. Johnnie Cope
4:06 $0.99
10. The Parting Glass
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jasper Coal is Jeremy Burns, Ian Hoppe, Miggy Martinez, Ryan Morrison, Kevin Nicholson, and Matt Parrish. They take their name from the song of the same name available on their first album Immigrant Child. The song's inspiration comes from stories of Irish emigrants workers labored in the coal mines in and around the southern mining town of Jasper in central Alabama.

Since their digital debut with 1000 Feet Closer To Hell in 2010, Jasper Coal has augmented their ranks with two heavy-hitting melody players, adding not just a more traditional overlay to their renowned driving, punk-inspired rhythms, but a more distinct, selective approach to the music which gives the band legitimacy in any niche of Celtic music. Unlike 1000 Feet and their first album Immigrant Child, the Birmingham-based Celtic folk-punk sextet bring more varied instrumentation to this album, providing greater depth to the anthemic Celtic-themed music they perform.

More an event than a show, Jasper Coal's unique fusion of folk-punk and Celtic music draws influence from popular Celtic punk rock artists such as The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and Flogging Molly to more traditional artists from Ireland and Scotland such as the Tannahill Weavers, Planxty, and The Bothy Band. But the band's skilled musicians allow them to occupy an exclusive niche. Jasper Coal confidently blurs the boundaries between the modern and the traditional, transitioning comfortably between musical subgenres. They seamlessly blend the raw, uninhibited aggression of the folk-punk genre with authentic yet explosive renditions of traditional Celtic tunes.

Among the band's favorite tracks from the album, "Crooked Jack" is a reinvention of the song by Dominic Behan about Irish hydroelectric dam workers. The track is full of rich melody and harmony on fiddle, bagpipes, and whistle providing a perfect canvas for the urgent vocals of leadman Matt Parrish. "The Foggy Dew," written in the 1920's to chronicle the Easter Rising in Ireland, begins tentatively with only guitar and vocals and builds to an undeniably dramatic frenzy by the last two verses that will stir the blood.

The recording of this album was a long careful process, with the band recording and rerecording the tracks for well over a year. Everything from the positioning of microphones, to the tracking, to the song order, to the cover design was carefully planned and executed by Jasper Coal with various input from friends and family. The recording and engineering was done at Area 47 Studios in Birmingham, Alabama by Jeremy Burns and mastered by Lane McGiboney at Boutwell Studios.



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