Alcohol & Rain   (American Version)  (SWC1036)
REVIEW

Here Be Dragons
Alcohol & Rain

Now here's a concept as bizarre as Welsh Bands Weekly - A Welsh language folk band that's based in North London. I must admit I'd been looking
forward to reviewing this album ever since I received my copy; it was obvious from the photo that they were a folk band, but that in itself can go either
way - some folk bands are amazing while others are absolutely appalling and tacky.

Thankfully Here Be Dragons fall into the former category.

This album is brilliant - the sort of thing that gets people up and dancing, not unlike bands from the old Craic Cymraeg days, such as Bob Delyn and
Defaid. Of course, there's still plenty of bands like that around but it's a nice change to have a brand new band entertaining us with their own versions of
traditional Welsh songs such as
Milgi Milgi, Calon Lân and Sosban Fach.

Here Be Dragons also write some excellent material of their own including the hilarious Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell which has a very traditional Irish
sound. You know, that sound that the less PC among us might describe as "didly didly music" (Can you believe someone actually kicked up a fuss
about that? Sheesh!)

Their sense of humour, lyrically, can't be beaten - I particularly love
Skull Attack a song about the consequences of drinking 50 pints of extremely
strong beer.

Alcohol & Rain  is a real good-time album, and Here Be Dragons are a band I'd love to see live. I can imagine the atmosphere at their gigs is
amazing, with barely a still body in the room. I'd be very surprised and dissappointed if that's not the case.


Debs Williams - Welsh Bands Weekly  - Summer 2000
Released in 2003, Here Be Dragons signed a deal with Silverwolf records and decided to re-master the 1998
album
Alcohol & Rain.

"Child Of The Ocean" was Pat's song and he'd left the band by 2003, it got replaced with two songs from the
original sessions "Hair Of The Dog That Bit Me" and "Laura". In addition the tracks "Alcohol & Rain" and "Calon
Lan" were added to and improved.

You can buy
Alcohol & Rain from our on line shop. or download from CD Baby
Musicians
Mike Brooks                    Lead Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin,
Greg Courtney                Bass, Backing Vocals
Will Morrison                   Drums, Backing Vocals
Pat Jacobs                      Guitar, Vocals
Mark "Squeezer" White   Accordion



Additional Musicians
Anne Harris                     Fiddle
Rebecca Rainsford         Harp
Becca Ware                    Fiddle
Cath Watkins                  Fiddle
Siaran Brooks                 Backing Vocals
John Dowty                     Backing Vocals
All songs composed by Mike Brooks except  "Milgi Milgi,"Rhamp Penllyn", "Calon Lan" & "Sosban Fach"
(Trad. arr. Here Be Dragons)
Mike Brooks
Will Morrison
Greg Courtney
Pat Jacobs
Mark "Squeezer" White
TRACK LISTING

Title

1. Milgi Milgi
2. Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell
3. Rhiannon
4. Skull Attack
5. Laura
6. Alcohol & Rain
7. The Modena Rambler / Rhamp Penllyn
8. Sean
9. Siobhan
10. The Hair of The Dog That Bit Me
11. 20/20 Vision
12. Calon Lan
13. Sosban Fach
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