CALLEHAN - "The Four Winds (feat. Ashley MacIsaac)"
MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Wolf Georgia
A Timeless Celtic-Americana Anthem for the Wandering Soul
In the boundless firmament of modern American folk music, where genres entwine to birth new auditory wonders, a luminous beacon named CALLEHAN emerges, casting a spell with “The Four Winds”. This isn't just a song; it's a sonorous voyage that gracefully waltzes between the annals of tradition and the fervor of the present.
From the inaugural notes of the haunting woodwind that graces your ears, you sense the gentle pull of an age-old story waiting to be told. The lyrical dance of the finger-style banjo serves as a siren's call, inviting you into a realm where rhythms pulsate with the heartbeats of ancient tales. While echoes of legendary Celtic rock reverberate, there's an unmistakable whisper of a more modern, folksy allure akin to bands like Mumford & Sons.
Tony Trimper’s voice, imbued with the nostalgic charm of 90s/2000s alt-pop rockers Barenaked Ladies, resonates with a fervor that's uniquely his own. The chorus unfurls like an old legend, “He can hear the old man knocking, should he let the old man in, he can hear the old man knocking once again”, painting a tapestry of emotion and longing. And through this tapestry, Ashley MacIsaac’s fiddle glides, a silken thread weaving tales of yore.
The song, true to its title, takes you on a transcendent journey, akin to being cradled by the four winds, only to pause, to breathe, during its evocative bridge. And as the finale dawns, it rises phoenix-like, a harmonious crescendo of voices and instruments reaching for the stars.
"The Four Winds" is a symphony of the soul – simultaneously exuberant and introspective, rooted in tradition, yet with eyes fixed on the horizon.
Tony Trimper’s voice, imbued with the nostalgic charm of 90s/2000s alt-pop rockers Barenaked Ladies, resonates with a fervor that's uniquely his own.
Delving into CALLEHAN's essence: They are more than a musical ensemble; they are a book of tales, experiences, and passions. Each member, from the visionary Tony Trimper to the vibrant Robbie Graham, adds a unique stitch, creating a masterpiece. Whether it's the audacious harmonica strains of Colby Clarke, the deep-rooted rhythms of Ted Small, or the rhythmic alchemy of the Rose-Small duo, each note a showcasing of their collective artistry. This isn't a chase for fleeting fame; this is a heart’s pursuit – connecting souls, weaving stories, and reveling in the unadulterated joy of song.
Their self-described motto, "OFTEN MORE PRESENCE THAN TALENT", radiates humility and wit, but let's be clear: Their magnetic presence is matched, if not surpassed, by their prodigious talent.
With "The Four Winds", CALLEHAN hasn’t merely crafted a tune but an odyssey, an ageless lullaby for the wandering soul. It's an invitation to journey, and one that beckons you to answer, time after timeless time.
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