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This Time Around

by The Sandcarvers

It's Celtic. It's rock. 'Nuff said.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Molly
5:17 $0.99
2. Changes
2:56 $0.99
3. Margaret By The Sea
3:13 $0.99
4. Sun Comes Up
4:34 $0.99
5. Lucky Day
3:25 $0.99
6. Drowsy Maggie
3:09 $0.99
7. Danny Boy
6:08 $0.99
8. Old Man
3:35 $0.99
9. The Rowan Tree
2:29 $0.99
10. Can't
5:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Take the essence of traditional Celtic music and culture. Add lyrics that'll make you laugh, make you cry or make you think. Now, throw in a band that'll rock your socks off. What do you get? The Sandcarvers!

A tantalizing mix of Celtic, rock and folk, "This Time Around" finds The Sandcarvers coming of age. Previous 'Carvers albums have always featured strong vocals and songwriting, but "This Time Around," although recorded in a studio, captures all the power and spontaneity of their live performances. And while many bands go in for the "polished and slick" sound for their recordings while forgetting about the passion and fire, "This Time Around" the Sandcarvers forget neither.

The album kicks off with "Molly," a traditional Irish tune that began its life as a slow jig...until the Sandcarvers got hold of it! Electric guitar and recorder weave their way around a driving beat that just screams "Get up and dance!" Featured here are Hamish and Angus from the band BROTHER, adding some very tasty vocal harmony.

"Changes" moves into a more '80s pop feel. A simple riff with a driving bass line fuels this song and then, a beautiful harp solo in the bridge, before kicking it back into high gear for the end.

"Margaret by the Sea" first appeared as an instrumental called "Green, White, & Orange" on an earlier Sandcarvers album. Originally featuring just guitar, bass and drum, This Time Around they've added new lyrics, bodhran and recorders and come up with a "new-trad" Celtic song.

Written in honor of Nelson Mandela, "Sun Comes Up" features what just might be the most infectious riff on the disc. When Tony sings "Sun comes up, sun goes down...they say," you can easily imagine Mandela languishing in his cell.

"Lucky Day" is a beautiful ballad--solo voice with simple piano accompaniment. Tony's emotive vocals really shine here. A reminder that we should all try to make every day our "Lucky Day."

"Drowsy Maggie" is just killer! A traditional Irish instrumental kicked up way many notches, this song has an almost tribal feel to it. Searing electric guitar and recorder riffs trade and feed off each other. The Sandcarvers are joined again on this one by the boys from BROTHER, this time on didgeridoo!

One of the highlights of the album has to be The Sandcarvers' version of "Danny Boy." Starting off in a more traditional, a capella fashion for the intro, it moves seamlessly into driving, power ballad mode that builds to a raucous ending. Definitely NOT your mother's "Danny Boy!"

"Old Man" features some very poignant lyrics about a young man speaking to his grandfather about the shape of things today. Jamie lays down a very cool bass line in this song along with a strong bodhran riff from JJ, and Raven's four-part harmony on recorders is breathless. The didge makes another appearance and is a very nice touch.

Old world meets new on "The Rowan Tree." An Irish instrumental originally for uilleann pipes, Raven plays this version on a digital chanter, laying down some two-part harmony in the process. Add Tom's Zeppelin-esque drumming and JJ's rattle-your-teeth bass line and you have a tune that positively sends shivers!

The album ends with "Can't," a rollicking, damn-I'm-glad-I've-found-you song. If you've found your one true love, this song is going to hit home.

The Sandcarvers are:
Tony Guinn - Acoustic guitars and vocals
Jamie Verbeten - Electric guitar & bass guitar
Thomas C. Mlot - Drums and percussion
JJ McAuliffe - Bass, bodhran and electric guitar
Raven - Keyboards, recorders, digital chanter and bodhran

Special Guests:
Hamish (BROTHER) - Vocals and Didgeridoo
Angus (BROTHER) - Vocals



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JFK from Racine

Awesome! New ingredient completes masterpiece!
Raven on keyboards and e-bagpipes is a nice compliment to this already excellent band. I am not a Celtic rock fan but they create great renditions of trad. Irish songs as well as free-flowing originals. I like every song on the CD and RECOMMEND it to anyone looking for something a little different and musically/lyrically challenging. The production quality is incredible. They have defined their own sound, but the vocals of my favorite song, Changes reminds me of Bob Mould. Check out Sun Comes Up and Lucky Day also, what the heck, why don't you just listen to the whole thing!

John Haines

Textured, churning ensemble sound with communicable celtic melodies
A lively record that sounds like it's mixed nearly live. The barrelhouse everyman vocals make it easy to feel proud for taking the mike in your own daydreams.

Start to finish, big melodies are held high by a chrurning undertow of rhythm. At times, the piano finds strangly universal pleasure-centers much like, perhaps, icicles adroitly dropped by God upon sidewalks, trashcans and glass. (Never fails, that.)

This Time Around has found the sound that proves beyond a doubt that there is no reason to build a better mousetrap when you can cut such hearty cheese...and serve it with some bodran/recorder/didgeridoo/icicles to massage the major muscle groups in rock and roll.

Need to see 'em.

Steve in Indiana

Celtic tradition with a dollop of good ol' US R 'n R
Who'da thunk that great Scots-Irish music would emerge from the land of Packers and beer cheese? "This Time Around" is an incredible mix of Celtic traditions and American rock 'n roll direct from Wisconsin. Uniqutely reworked favorites like "Molly" and "Danny Boy" blend seamlessly with 'Carvers originals like "Can't," "Changes," and "Sun Comes Up," a surprisingly well-fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela. My personal fave is "Rowan Tree," which gives the listener some idea of what it would have sounded like if a Scottish regiment had been led into battle by Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Truly unique. Another amazing concoction is the band's most original rendering of the classic tune, "Drowsy Maggie," which somehow manages to bring together an Australian digeridoo, an electronic chanter (for the uninitiated, a 21st-century bagpipe), and a classic American rhythm section. None of this should downplay gripping vocals (see "Danny Boy"), lovely original tunes, driving guitars, and the frequent appearance of the bodhran, a sort of tamborine-looking hand-held drum which one plays with the thumbs. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!


A must have for any fan of Celtic rock! Really!!
This cd is infectious. It begins with some toe tapping, ends with huge jumping around the room beats and has a little bit of soul stuck in the middle. The music is full and the vocals are just beautiful. Being able to actually hear the bodhran in the mix is fantastic!

The remake of "Danny Boy" is energetic and original. It really is a new song when done by this band. Some tracks will rock you silly, while others will move through you with effortless grace. The lyrics will be embedded in your mind long after you have finished listening.

I dare anyone to sit still through the entire cd. Impossible! Hands will clap, feet will move and your face will hurt from smiling. It's a GREAT cd to play at your next gathering. The mix of instruments and the diversity of the songs makes this everyman's cd.