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Saint Patrick was Jamaican!   Reggae\'s Irish connections  Saint Patrick was Jamaican! Reggae's Irish connections   There have long been connections between Ireland and Jamaica. 350 years ago, after the defeat of Irish rebels by Oliver Cromwell's army, thousands of young Irish boys and girls were forcibly transported to Jamaica to work as indentured servants. Many of the Irish ended up working...
The Celtic Reggae Revolution, a blend of Irish and Jamaican music, has arrived with their long-awaited and appropriately titled album 'Everything Comes to Those Who Wait'.

The album is the latest creation of Northern Irish singer, songwriter, and musician Brian Gilligan. His previous album 'Listen to Your Heart', recorded with Paddyrasta, won praise and a cult following.

"Absolutely Terrific!"

BBC Radio Scotland Celtic Connections

"A fusion of irresistible reggae rhythms, traditional melodies, and socially conscious lyrics, this multi-cultural band combines to produce a unique sound that makes you just want to get up and dance - simply unmissable!" Gig n' the Bann

'Everything Comes to Those Who Wait' by Celtic Reggae Revolution features a mix of reggae versions of traditional Irish songs and original Celtic/Reggae fusions. Well-loved traditional Irish songs 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy' and 'Spancil Hill' are reworked in reggae style on, respectively, 'Raggle Taggle Reggae' and 'Spancil Hill/Gordon Wilson Is a Forgiver'. Original tune compositions include 'reggae reels' – a blend of reggae and traditional reels – 'Gandhi's Triumph' (with its delightfully syncopated rhythms) and 'The Very Hairy Rasta Fairy', with Brian Gilligan singing the laid-back 'You Got to Laugh' and 'The United Mistakes of America' (complete with hillbilly banjo and reggae beat).

'Everything Comes to Those Who Wait' by Celtic Reggae Revolution also features Northern Irishman Jarlath Henderson, one of the finest exponents of the uilleann pipes in the world. He is a talented and versatile musician who also plays the low whistle, tin whistle, flute, and cittern, in addition to having a fine voice. He regularly guests with Scottish bands Capercaillie, Salsa Celtica, and Phil Cunningham. Martin MacDonald from Lewis also features on guitar, and his performances on "Good People" and "Raggle Taggle Reggae" in particular are highlights of the album. Tom Roche from Cork (accordion) also features on some tracks with his "Sliabh Luachra" style, and Egyptian Aly Salam features on drums and percussion.

"It's a superb album" – Pete Maher (U2's mastering engineer)

"I love it!" Andy Donnelly, The Celtic Show, CKUA Radio, Canada.

"With this album, the Celtic Reggae Revolution have achieved the near impossible by bringing together traditional Irish music and Dub Reggae with great pop hooks. The positive vibes are infectious throughout this socially conscious, beautifully produced album." Dave Flynn, (composer/guitarist) The Tune Makers

The album is available digitally from iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and Spotify, among other outlets, and has physical distribution through Highlander Music and soon to come CD Baby.
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