Friday, November 21, 2014

Celtic Music Magazine Reviews Hellbound Sleigh

HELLBOUND SLEIGH by The Rogues
(Celtic Music Magazine - November 18, 2014)

When The Rogues' “Hellbound Sleigh” came up for review I jumped at it - even though I'm generally a stickler for not listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. This, I thought, would be a fun addition to my Christmas music collection.  I figured it would be weirdly irreverent with the title. I was surprised.

Apart from the title track, Hellbound Sleigh is mostly a lovely  and lively collection of familiar Christmas and Holiday songs - some stand alone, others as part of medleys. Most are instrumental with pipes and bagpipes, violins and drums - along with other instruments that do give these time-honored classics unique elements. For the traditional Celts, and because there aren't that many New Year's songs, The Rogues appeal to all with "Ros' Hogmanay".

I have friends who are bellydancers. I can totally see this album as the base of a holiday-themed dance routine for them. There's a tribal sense to the instrumentals that make you want to move to the rhythm. That's not so hard to imagine since there are tracks like "March, Pat-a-Pan and Reel" and "Christmas Eve Reel/The Maple Leaf/Joy to the World" medley.

There are amazing - and different - combinations of songs on this album, too. I wouldn't ever have considered melding "Jingle Bells" with "Good King Wenceslas", but this works. It really works - to the point that I'm really looking forward to having this in my Christmas playlist just for the fact that it's “different” and very intricate and cool. My church has a symphonic violin player.  I'm very tempted to make him listen to "O Holy Night/Ave Maria" because it's beautifully performed and haunting at the same time. The skill and musicianship is intricate and skilled.

If you're like me and buy a new Christmas album each year, this is the one to get this year.

Rhonda Eudaly - Celtic Music Magazine

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She's ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience.  She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on www.RhondaEudaly.com.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Free Shipping on Hellbound Sleigh for the Holidays!


With the holidays approaching fast, don't forget to get your copy of Hellbound Sleigh, the amazing bagpipe Christmas CD by The Rogues.   With free shipping from now until the end of the year this is the best time to order.  That's a savings of $2.99, and we guarantee you'll love it.  It features not only Highland bagpipes but also small pipes, whistle, violin, guitar, keyboard and tons of percussion in unique original arrangements.  Now everyone can have what's missing from their Christmas music collections - Bagpipes!

Here's what some of our fans have to say about the album:
"A new sound on some nice classics. The family loves it!! Well done gents."
Jason - MD.

"Just listened to it again yesterday.  Great musicians rendering classic Christmas tunes in a manner that will make you feel a celtic celebration. We will be listening to it many times this holiday season! Wonderful job!"
Thomas and Vicki Bailey - Odenton, MD

"It's not just another bagpipe Christmas CD. Each selection was given it's own unique instrumental identity, masterfully arranged and played as only The Rogues could."
Pam H. - Pennsboro, WV

"A one of a kind Christmas CD for the holiday season filled with drumming and piping."  
JS - Baltimore, MD



Sunday, November 2, 2014

20th Anniversary Concert

20 years is a long time for anything, but especially for a band.  Come out on November 22nd and help The Rogues celebrate their 20th anniversary in Houston where it all started.  McGonigel's Mucky Duck, our Houston home for many years, is hosting the show.  Look for appearances by former band members, plus the expertise of Brian Thomas, French hornist with the Houston Symphony.  We're presenting a chronological review of Rogues music through the years with a little help from our friends.  Come out and join the fun and help us make history!

For more information and to purchase tickets click here!