Enter the Haggis has become a well-loved tradition and crowd favorite at Saranac Thursdays lineup. The lads always draw a sell out crowd, and this year’s event continued the custom.
These five musicians make up one of the most dedicated bands I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with over the last few years. They are always giving back to their fan base, lovingly referred to as Haggis Heads. One of the first bands I know to successfully take over their own management by using Kickstarter and Pledgemusic.com, they are now three albums into making music on their own terms, exploring new avenues and pushing their limits musically and creatively. This is what makes Enter The Haggis so amazing; They are never stagnant and always looking ahead to new creative ways to bring messages of love, life, and family to their listeners.
Anxiously anticipating their upcoming release of their latest project, The Penny Black Project, this album is going to be solely for their fans, as the music has all been inspired by the stories submitted by Haggis Heads. This band continues to push their limits and stretching their capabilities to bring about the most diverse sounds. Not categorizing them into any one genre but giving them a unique mix of all their influences over the years. I think this is what is most appealing to me as a music lover. Their lyrics tell a story, the music accentuates their mediums, their sound is never the same – they evolve. Over the years this is what translates into musical longevity. Times change, current events change, technology changes, and music should follow and evolve in the same manner. Enter The Haggis identifies with change and embraces the opportunity to bring to their fans a piece of themselves.
As they took the stage at Saranac, the audience was ready to party along with the band as they played some of their best-loved songs. It never ceases to amaze me how this band can pump up an audience to the point of frenzy with “Lannigan’s Ball” and “Gasoline”. Those numbers incite an almost riot and singing and dancing each and every time they play them. However it was their encore number, “Long Way Home”, that left me speechless this time as it’s flavor was a mixture of sounds of celtic, bluegrass, and folk instrumentally and lyrically. Not sure as I’ve ever heard them play that one before and I must add, “Wow!” Hoping this is part of the new sound they are turning towards in the impending album, because it’s uniquely distinctive and appealing.
As always, Enter The Haggis’s performance at Saranac was amazing to say the least, and the CNY fan base just absolutely loves them. Stay tuned to NYS Music in the near future for a preview and interview with the band about their new project and what fans reactions are. If interested in supporting the project please visit their site for more information on their new album and upcoming shows.