Greenland Whalefishers – Live at Farmer Phil’s Festival

ImageWow, has life gotten me distracted. I had not realized how long it has been since my last real post about the genre I love to listen and write about. Finally back on the horse so to speak!

The last 2 months or so, I have been listening to Greenland Whalefishers Live at Farmer Phil’s Festival. For those not familiar with Greenland Whalefishers, they are a Norwegian band and have been around since the 90’s. As the title indicates, this is from a live performance and available as a beautiful blue LP vinyl with great photos on the jacket. The album highlights the energy of a live performance while not sacrificing sound quality that some live albums typically suffer from.

Most of the songs are all original, though clearly they have a heavy Pogues influence, so much so that when the music was cycled into my MP3 library, I had to check to see who was playing. Although a minor distraction, I do like to see bands with their own style and sound regardless of their infuences.

Track listing:

  1. 4 Season Song
  2. Hit the Ground
  3. Waiting
  4. I Just Saw You
  5. I am Roving
  6. July Morning
  7. Rich Holder at Thorp Arch
  8. Backup Man
  9. Limp Jos Story
  10. Loboville
  11. The Wild Rover

Right from the gate, “4 Season Song” sets the tone and pace of the album, fast and hard driving. “I Just Saw You” brings the pacing down a bit, but just enough to bring your heart rate down before launching into the rollicking “I am Roving.” The pacing continues through “July Morning” that has a great piece with the Black Adder theme thrown in that I am aching to snip and turn into a ringtone. “Rich Holder at Thorp Arch” is a wonderful instrumental and transitions nicely into “Backup Man.” At this point, I have covered most of the songs, needles to say “Limp Jos Story” and “Loboville” are equally enjoyable and hard driving. The one traditional song, “The Wild Rover” gets an excellent treatment to wind out a great album.

All in all, I really enjoyed the album and my only criticism is about them sounding too much like the Pogues, but really, what is bad about that given the original songs except for “The Wild Rover.” If you have a turntable, treat yourself to the gorgeous vinyl which comes with a download card for your MP3 player, you will not be disappointed.