|Alcohol & Rain (American Version) (SWC1036)
Here Be Dragons
Alcohol & Rain
Now here's a concept as bizarre as Welsh Bands Weekly - A Welsh language folk band that's based in North London. I must admit I'd been looking
forward to reviewing this album ever since I received my copy; it was obvious from the photo that they were a folk band, but that in itself can go either
way - some folk bands are amazing while others are absolutely appalling and tacky.
Thankfully Here Be Dragons fall into the former category.
This album is brilliant - the sort of thing that gets people up and dancing, not unlike bands from the old Craic Cymraeg days, such as Bob Delyn and
Defaid. Of course, there's still plenty of bands like that around but it's a nice change to have a brand new band entertaining us with their own versions of
traditional Welsh songs such as Milgi Milgi, Calon Lân and Sosban Fach.
Here Be Dragons also write some excellent material of their own including the hilarious Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell which has a very traditional Irish
sound. You know, that sound that the less PC among us might describe as "didly didly music" (Can you believe someone actually kicked up a fuss
about that? Sheesh!)
Their sense of humour, lyrically, can't be beaten - I particularly love Skull Attack a song about the consequences of drinking 50 pints of extremely
Alcohol & Rain is a real good-time album, and Here Be Dragons are a band I'd love to see live. I can imagine the atmosphere at their gigs is
amazing, with barely a still body in the room. I'd be very surprised and dissappointed if that's not the case.
Debs Williams - Welsh Bands Weekly - Summer 2000
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