[119] The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me

17 Jul

Toe tapping, inventive and constantly changing, this album is fascinating.  And how can you not take a chance on an album with such a title?

Old Hag You Have Killed Me

Old Hag You Have Killed Me

Haunting ballads and whirling reels.  Gentle harps and frantic fiddles.  Even some stunning a capella.  Everything here is an extreme – enjoyable on its own but made astounding in context.

If ever there was an argument for the album format, Old Hag You Have Killed Me may be it.  It is at once moving and fun, quite a nifty trick.

There is so much going on here – such power, depth and nuance – that it is difficult to find the words to do it justice.  While I am surprised this has not been the case more often over the 2-plus years of this blog, it says something about the merits of this particular recording that instead of talking about it, I just want to listen again.

Check it out for yourself and discover this mix of alien and familiar, of ancient tradition and modern technique.  And just try figure out the logistics of “Fionnghuala” . . .

Next Week: Kalfou Danjere – Boukman Eksperyans

Owned before blogging? No. (10 of 119 = 8%)
Heard before blogging? No. (18 of 119 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (98 of 119 = 82%)

One Response to “[119] The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me”


  1. [122] The Boys of The Lough – Live at Passim | . . . To Hear Before I Blog - August 7, 2015

    […] to describe this album to you, it would sound identical to a description of The Bothy Band’s Old Hag You Have Killed Me, but each album is worthy and distinct in its own […]

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