Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Review -- MIGHTY SQUIRREL -- Self-titled

MIGHTY SQUIRREL
Self-titled
Independent
7-out-of-10
OK, if you're a band that sits somewhere in the world of folk Americana and bluegrass and you're looking for a name, Mighty Squirrel would rate right up there as a great pick. It has that sort of down-home feel, which in this case is certainly reflected in this band's music provided that your home is a place where bluegrass tickles your musical fancy.
Mighty Squirrel is most recognizable for the absolutely alluring voice of female lead singer Caridwen Irvine-Spatz. She has a voice which is reminiscent of fine Celtic female singers such as Lorena McKennitt, and shows that Celtic and folk music are really two sides of a single coin, basically separated by an ocean but with similar roots. Irvine-Spatz's voice carries songs such as The Grinding Grain, Belle Hironndelle, Seneca Square Dance and Lady Franklin's Dream and makes them truly memorable efforts here.
As a band Mighty Squirrel does a nice job of offering up variety on the CD thanks to fine musicianship on cuts such as Gas Nigun, and the Squirrel Hunters. The group, which includes Irvine-Spatz on fiddle, Greg Spatz on mandolin, along with David Keenan and Ivan Rosenberg can play.
Just as a mix for the CD's sound Keenan also takes the lead vocal duties on We Will Have Our Day and while not as fine a voice as his female counterpart, it is a change of pace that breaks the sound just enough that it works.
This CD is a nice slice of Celtic-Americana folk, and is a relaxing listen. Very nicely done. Check them out at www.mightysquirrel.net
CALVIN DANIELS

- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 25, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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