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In Search of More

by Jiggernaut

Neo-celtic groove-a-latious mondo-pop indulgence. A rich mixture of old and new, traditional and contemporary... fueled by white-hot piping, smoking accordion, fiery vocals, and an irresistible groove. Celtic Rock for the 21st century.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down Where the Drunkards Roll
4:43 $0.99
2. The Corgi Set
3:54 $0.99
3. Calton Weaver
4:47 $0.99
4. I Have Come to Take My Boy Home
6:43 $0.99
5. The City Boy Set
2:53 $0.99
6. Amazing Grace Again
5:06 $0.99
7. Home Front
4:48 $0.99
8. Best o' the Barley
4:52 $0.99
9. Cullen Anderson
4:20 $0.99
10. Kishmul's Galley
3:51 $0.99
11. Solsbury Hill
4:03 $0.99
12. The Brewery Tap
5:29 $0.99
13. Legacy
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Oil and Water. Fire and Ice. Celtic and Rock.

Many bands have tried to bind the heart of Celtic music to the soul of rock and roll, but none so successfully as the new band Jiggernaut. A group founded on contradiction, their sound is a rich mixture of old and new, traditional and contemporary. Fueled by white-hot piping, smoking accordion, fiery vocals, and an irresistible groove, they are setting out to redefine Celtic music for the 21st century.

Jiggernaut. Celtic Rock. 'Nuff said.


Nominated Best New Act
- Houston Press Awards, 2001

"A band that knows how to rock, but hasn't forgotten how to think."
- Brian McNeill (founder of Battlefield Band)

"The best music ever submitted to the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games by any group...ever."
- Ray McDonald (Executive Director)



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Samantha P. Brown (for The Scma Ceili)

The question is...more WHAT?!? Great new release from Jiggernaut
The question is...more WHAT?!? In this high-energy, constantly moving release, Jiggernaut has managed to cram just about everything that could possibly be put in one CD. What else could be expected when the band’s roster reads like a Southwest regional musician’s Who’s Who? The musical baby of well-known regional musicians Wolf Loescher (SixMileBridge, Two O’Clock Courage, Poor Man’s Fortune), Rodger Harrison and Matthew Williams (the Blarney Brothers), Richard Kean (Poor Man’s Fortune, Tartanic), Brendan O’Sullivan (Full Circle), and Deanna Smith (Full Whiski) Jiggernaut’s In Search of More jumps with raw vitality and energy.

Ladies first, Deanna Smith’s solo vocals were impressive on the pre-release, and remain that way throughout the entire project. Warm and smooth, they remind me of a glass of good peat smoked whiskey, going down easy, and then packing a powerful punch. I Have Come to Take My Boy Home, Home Front , and Kishmul’s Galley are all fine, yet varied, examples of her capabilities. (Also see a review in this release of Smith’s own CD). Wolf Loescher’s clean vocals reminiscent of James Taylor can be heard throughout on Carlton Weaver, Amazing Grace Again (a Loescher original), and Best o’ the Barley, but his abilities to manipulate a variety of instruments, including bouzouki, bouzar, guitar, and various percussion instruments are what really shine on this project. Brian McNeill (an NTIF 2002 headliner) adds his unique brand of fiddle-playing on The Corgi Set, Amazing Grace Again and Best O’ the Barley.

Categorizing themselves as a “neo-Celtic groove-a-latious mondo pop indulgence” the full and rich harmonies created by Jiggernaut throughout this project are superb examples of the depth of musicianship found in this group of performers. Dynamic rhythms, quick-moving melodies, and a sense of fun and true enjoyment on the part of the performers make this CD a “must-have” for anyone’s collection. Most listeners will find themselves either tapping a toe or getting up to dance full out to the majority of tunes on this release. Hopefully, Jiggernaut will continue to jigger on for a long time to come.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke, Green Man Review

One of the "Don't Miss" Albums of 2001
On this album, Jiggernaut really did set out In Search of More, and fortunately for all of us, they found it. Snap this one up first chance you get -- it is, without a doubt, one of the "Don't Miss" albums of 2001.

Pete Knapp (shut Eye Records)

Beautifully Executed Organization of Superb Music, Intellectual Musicianship, Ex
Jiggernaut is a beautifully executed organization of superb music, intellectual musicianship, excellent lyrics and superior production. I believe that 'The Corgi Set' is the quintessential crossover track that will surely turn the heads of numerous music directors in the World, Triple A, and Rock genres. Its modernized production mixed with its traditional construction demands attention. 'The City Boy Set' is a charming, danceable track whose lively soundscape provides its listener with uplifting remedy for the daily blues of reality. 'Kishmul's Galley' is a deep stirring, strongly executed track. The soul-wrenching harmonies are clearly miniature works of art within a larger canvas.

Joe Huddleston (austin Celtic Association)

A Lot of Serious Celtic Mileage
This crew brings a lot of serious Celtic mileage for a debut album. Rich arrangements, powerful contemporary beats, and extraordinary musicianship on an array of instruments ensure that In Search of More is an album that will get a lot of playtime in your collection.

Dave Ferman, Ft. Worth Start-telegram

Jiggernaut the Next Great Celtic Trad/Folk/Rock Band
Ladies and gentlemen, we have the next great Celtic trad/folk/rock band among us...their 13-song debut sounds fresh and new from beginning to end. There are covers -- such as Richard Thompson's `Down Where the Drunkards Roll' and Peter Gabriel's `Solsbury Hill' -- but impressive original tunes abound as the band mixes traditional melodies and pipes with rock and funk touches, all topped with the impressive vocals of Deanna Smith. (FOUR STARS)

Steve Treadway

I've seen these guys live 5 or 6 times in the Dallas area and they are really fun in person. This is a studio recording which loses some of that live atmosphere that they generate as they connect to the crowd. But it's definately worth the money. I find myself humming the songs all through the day.


Out of Sight!
I have seen Jiggernaut live only twice. The first time I heard them I knew they were special. And it is not because I personally know Deanna, Matthew and Rodger from other bands (Free Whiski and The Blarney Brothers). It is because the entire band is so talented and down to earth. On the very first song, Deanna simply blew me away with her singing. I realize this is a studio recording and their live performances are simply electric, but you can hear all the small nuances normally lost at a live performance. This is a top notch CD for those of us who appreciate great Celtic rock'n roll.