CLEGHORN is a Texas Celtic rock band featuring the father and son team of John Cleghorn (vocals, guitars) and Dylan Cleghorn (fiddle, didgeridoo, vocals) with the rock solid rhythm of Mike Griffin (bass) and Paul Muller (drums). CLEGHORN music mixes original songwriting with blazing traditional Celtic fiddle tunes.
CLEGHORN has performed for enthusiastic audiences and stirred up festivals all over the nation with their unique brand of Celtic rock. John and Dylan Cleghorn have been noted as a charismatic performers who even go as far as leaving the stage to play among the crowd during their concerts.
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If you’re not already familiar with the classic Celtic Rock sound, then Cleghorn are hard to define. Creating their sound based on traditional Celtic fiddle tunes, they rock harder and play wilder shows with a fiddle and didgeridoo than most of their guitar-trashing contemporaries.
The band deliver tight and floor-pounding music, with John Cleghorn wildly dragging the rhythm section around under his crunching guitar hooks. Dylan Cleghorn, primarily on fiddle, is an exhilarant performer to say the least. His jig flavored hooks and riffs, dominate the ‘Texas Celtic Rock’ album on a large scale. While Mike Griffin on bass and Paul Muller on drums supply the rock solid time-keeping energy needed to ignite the melodies and harmonies on each song.
From the opening track “Young, Free and Celtic,” the band is unrelenting, and it sounds like you’re listening from the front row at one of their live shows, mashed in by hundreds of screaming fans.
The album then moves on to the exciting rock driven performances of “Livin’ In A Dream(Hey Now Now),” the mega instrumental odyssey of “9 Minutes Of Woo,” and a guitar-grinding reading of “Always Will.” It’s also interesting to hear the acoustic mix of “Didn’t We My Friend”, where the singing takes front seat and becomes more earnest and heartfelt.
“Castle Kelly / Maggie’s Desire” introduces the spine-chilling sound of the didgeridoo, in a song that presents itself as one of the album’s absolute highlights. The playing is less energetic and frenetic than on the other songs, but particularly profound and passionate.
“Oh Yeah Baby Oh Yeah” takes the album to an even higher level. A low-key vocal that spits emotional fire over a hook-laden stop and go bluesy backdrop, gives this song an awesome extra edge.
The album closes out with the straight rocker, “Windswept Girl”.
Cleghorn combine snarling rock rhythms, with the robust and rebellious nature of the Irish jig and reel, and on “Texas Celtic Rock”, this father and son led group, have produced a collection of songs that will never cease to delight.
Highly, highly recommended if you’re not familiar with it already.
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