Well, Happy New Year…and if you know me you are not surprised to see me writing a review for a cover of this epic Pogues song. There are of course some songs that should just be left alone in their original version but I have never considered this to be one of them. Even though Shane and his mates original from 1987 has been imbedded in the soundtrack of my life for many years, I consider the song free game for a redux. Not to say all covers of it have been good…but everyone is welcome to try.
This version by Chamberlain stacks up well and I really enjoyed playing it over the recent holidays. They kept the pacing about the same and also utilized the vocal talents of Gabrielle Sterbenz for the female vocal. Her voice is well-suited for this song and also pairs well with David Moore as they take us through the classic story told in the tune. If you get a chance you should check out her music also (link below).
Well played all around by some talented musicians although sadly no tin whistle….but that is a rare talent to find these days. And the shaker that puts the rhythm down in the background is a unique sound.
You can check out more of their music and information on the Bandcamp page https://chamberlain.bandcamp.com
Gabrielle Sterbenz here —> https://gabriellesterbenz.bandcamp.com
Please remember to support your local bands – community is powerful!