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The Elders / Blog

Midwest Irish Focus/ Wanderin' Life & Times review by Pete Maher Sept 2011

"Just a little more than a decade ago, the Celtic rock group The Elders were a strictly Kansas City phenomenon. But it seems that a group of seasoned, talented musical veterans like these lads were destined to gain a national reputation for delivering some of the most entertaining, danceable and engaging songs in their particular genre. Their newest creation, an 11-track CD dubbed “Wanderin’ Life & Times” and set to drop to the general public with a send-off at the Kansas City Irish Fest, is yet another in a long line of solid collections of strong storylines, wonderful musicianship and even a few unexpected embellishments on several of the tracks. From the opening notes of “Building a Boat” at the start and continuing through crowd-tested favorites like the hard-driving “Station #9,” anthemic “Common Man” or the lyrical “Whiskey on the Fire,” these tracks showcase yet again why these talented gents continues to enthrall fans of almost every age across the country. For Elders fans, the good news comes in the return of the inclusion of the banjo on the “Seven Years” track, leading many to look forward to the return of bass guitarist Norm Dahlor, bringing that instrument back to the stage and restoring a signature Elders sound from many moons ago. Also intriguing is the uillean pipe intro into the drumbeat-infused “Orange Plank Road” raises hopes that maybe someone in this talented bunch has mastered those traditional Irish bagpipes and Elders fans may someday be entertained by yet another display of this band’s musical virtuosity. Overall, the CD is destined to fly off the shelves like so many Elders’ collections that have preceded it, and justifiably so. So get to your nearest Irish music festival, visit the website or do whatever you have to and get your copy today." Pete Maher publisher@irish-focus.com