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Piping Hot

by MacTalla Mor

Bagpipes Bodhran Celtic Music for the Masses Traditional Gaelic singing Sean-nos and Puirt a Beul Mouth Music meets original Celtic Roots Rock and Fusion
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Itchy Fingers
MacTalla Mo'r
3:13 $0.99
2. Nina
MacTalla Mo'r
4:38 $0.99
3. Claveness
MacTalla Mo'r
5:39 $0.99
4. Boomshakalaka
MacTalla Mo'r
3:52 $0.99
5. A World Turned UPside Down
MacTalla Mo'r
2:38 $0.99
6. House Destroyers
MacTalla Mo'r
2:40 $0.99
7. MacFaddne's Virtues
MacTalla Mo'r
5:42 $0.99
8. I Am
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5:08 $0.99
9. The Devlin Within
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3:17 $0.99
10. The Leaving of Liverpool
MacTalla Mo'r
3:49 $0.99
11. Dee Dee Diddley Bop
MacTalla Mo'r
2:59 $0.99
12. Mason's Apron
MacTalla Mo'r
2:37 $0.99
13. Man From Skye
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3:09 $0.99
14. Hellbound Train
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6:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Compelling and Powerful"
Ale Street News

In the band MacTalla Mor, I have found music to laud. I saw this self-proclaimed Celtic fusion band perform live at two festivals this past summer (Pipes in the Valley, which I spoke of last issue, was one). Now having heard their release Piping Hot, it comes down to this: You need to hear this stuff!
Elements of rock, funk, traditional, as well as modern Celtic, jazz, salsa, and soca music run thick throughout, but with an energetic, almost anxious fluidity. In fact, stop reading this right now and go check out www.mactalla.com!
Within Piping Hot you get nearly 60 minutes of intensity. There are grooves and jams, history lessons, slick mashups, and inner soul searching’s. From the first few seconds of the first track “Itchy Fingers Set,” (some music inspired here by the late Pipe Major Tommy Shearer), the listener is drawn to attention.
From start to finish, this CD is like a winding coastal road with spectacular views. Each time you round another corner or cove there’s a new and exiting view to encounter. The track “Nina” is a reminder of how life was for Irish immigrants in America back in the day.
“Boomshakalaka” hits points of swing/big band aw well as Jefferson Airplane/Janis Joplin. In the song, “A World Turner Upside Down” is the plight of what could be considered a group of cooperative farmers in 1649. When the track “House Destroyers” jumps in, it almost seems like an exclamation point for justice in regard to the previous track, compelling and powerful.
“Ordo Virtutum” by Hildegaard von Bingen starts off the track “MacFaden’s Virtues.” This is a combination of music that strikes like a Sarah McLachlan song –full of mystery. The following number, “ I Am,” is festive and fun, seeming to celebrate life amid the outrageousness of the world.
From the angle of piping, my favorite track is “The Man From Skye Set,” with the first two parts played by the famous pip major Donald MacLeod. Interesting to not that MacLeod was the instructor of pipe Major George Bell, who in turn instructed the pipers here, Jesse and Levon Ofgang.
Finishing off this disc is a Mark Saul track, “Hellbound Train,” which comes across like an anthem. I’ve left some songs out for no other reason than space, and also that I want to get to the particulars of this group. MacTalla Mor has been together as a band for three years, but in actuality longer than that as they have lived together under the same rood for years.
Jesse Ofgang and younger brother Levon Ofgang –great highland bagpipes; Ilana Ofgang –keyboard, piano, lead vocals; Patty Devlin Ofgang –Bodhran, Backing Vocals; Harry Ofgang –bagpipes manager, father, husband and webmaster (Harry was also a home brewer for some time). Erik Ofgang is responsible for the involved lyrics on the songs “Nina and “I Am,” as well as input on other songs. Erik is also a magician who can be seen treating the crowd to random tricks as well as sometimes providing a full opening act.
On Piping Hot, the band has brought in the talents of Peter Orlanski –bass; Nadav Snir Zelniker –drums; and Patty Wrobel –backing vocals.
Other musicians have been incorporated into the band, and during any given performance, you never know who might grace the sound. Whatever combination they might arrange –whether it’s just vocals, Bodhran, and pipes, or the full spectrum of instruments –it’s obvious, these folks know what they’re doing. As the saying goes, “The pipes are calling. Resistance is futile.”
DJ StockBizzy
Ale Street News

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Great big bagpipes of fire!
Mehercule, what an album I have chanced upon! The title 'Piping Hot' is only a very meek intimation of what awaits you. As a gentle note to my co-reviewer Joe above: if the music had you only 'tapping your feet', you must be living under heavy sedation, poor guy. When the first notes of 'Itchy fingers' blasted out of the speakers, they jerked my out of my easy-chair, hurled me towards the ceiling and had me bouncing off the walls. This is really Bach meeting the bagpipes: the music grabs you by the balls and hurls you thru spaces you never dreamed existed. The mastery of the pipes shown here is simply breathtaking. But there is more to it, beautiful vocals by Ilana and Patty bring you celtic spirits with their original songs, and there is even a new take on a trad like 'The Leaving of Liverpool'. In short - a must-have. Go buy it!

Celtic Beat Magzine

"Catches you in their spell for one Wild Ride..Leads you into New Worlds"!
Here again is Mac Talla Mo'r-glorious method in madness. In the last review I called them eminently rational. They are an illustration of the maxim"If we guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold." Mac Talla Mo'r's music, where Tich Richardson and Turlough O'Carolan run head on into Xavier Cugat and Dave Brubeck is certainly an illustration of this. Wild and it all makes sense.
Right from the start with "Itchy Fingers" Mac Talla Mo'r catches you up in their spell. And there is the fast paced angry "NINA" about an era where Irish(and Native Americans or anyone who was "unchurched" by the forces of cultural mediocrity) could fight for this country but not participate in it's freedoms.
I particularly like "Claveness" which is a clear and excellent melding of MTM's pipe rock with Afro-Cuban jazz. Another tour de force where MTM piper brothers Levon and Jesse Ofgang go all out, with sister Ilana's piano and Nadav drums giving it grounding, is "House Destroyers." "The Devlin Within"(a play on Mac Talla Mo'r's mater familias' maiden name) is an ode to domestic chaos with another funny twist on Cuban Irish Scots American legacies. Another wild mix of 20th century musical idioms is "Dee Dee Diddly Bop."
For a fine change of pace here is the soft "Leaving of Liverpool." where Ilana proves herself another kind of poet.
For strict trad the piper brothers acquit themselves well indeed with "Mason's Apron."
Two favorites of mine are at the end. The "Man From Skye" which right up front good "hard" music in any genre. Of course I am prejudiced-some of my folks are from Skye. And the last cut "Hellbound Train" which finishes this CD pulls out all the stops for one wild ride.
Mac Talla Mo'r with their melding of musics are right on the money, both in their delivery and vision. They will lead you into new worlds while keeping their focus. AK Celtic Beat Magazine


Awsome CD
This band Rocks!!! When I listen to Piping Hot I can't stop tapping my foot. Really driving CD. Most highly recommended.

Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

A variety of spices for the stew!
This CD is truly something different! You can't pin the music down to simple Celtic, but that is part of the beauty of it, there is really a fusion of styles here, and it flows. You'll hear a big band, almost stage musical style in some songs, while others echo jazz, blues or rock, but always with that Celtic flavor. A variety of spices for the stew!

You'll hear both Scottish and Irish influence as well, and sometimes the songs are even fairly traditional in sound. If you like the bagpipes, this CD is a MUST, as they are used frequently, and quite well in the musical arrangements. Much of the music can really be described as quite danceable, and not necessarily in the traditional sense, but more mainstream.

For those who like Celtic music but are looking for something to challenge their ear, this CD is the perfect choice. People who like jazz will most likely enjoy this CD, as the rhythms are more complex than is typical in most Celtic music. The fusion of many different styles give Piping Hot a flavor all its own, and one that can be appreciated by a variety of listeners.