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Boiled in Lead


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Traditional and neo-traditional folk/rock/world music

Status:

Most recent release, The Well Below (EP, 2012)

See also:

Boiled in Lead's site

Comparisons:

Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, or Steeleye Span, less punk but just as rocking as The Pogues

Covers/own material:

Own, covers, and traditional material

General comments:

Boiled In Lead about been around for over 25 years, While they're in the wrong genre to have a breakout hit, they've long been well-respected for their updated traditional sound. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

One of my favoritest bands of all time, Boiled in Lead plays what they call "Rock 'n Reel"—think Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span with a hard rock/punk sensibility, blending Celtic, Slavic and Middle Eastern rhythms with a whole lot of distortion. I first heard of them after their last tour, and had one of those epiphanies—this was the type of band I wanted to be in. The band members show up regularly as characters in Steven Brust's novels. (brni @ kappamaki . com)

Comments about live performance:

They are definitely a must-see live show. (stevev@hexadecimal.uoregon.edu)

Recommended first album:

Silver

Recordings:

  • Old Lead (first 2 LPs 1985–1987)
  • From the Ladle to the Grave (1989)
  • Orb (1990)
  • Antler Dance (1994)
  • Songs From "The Gypsy" (1995)
  • Alloy Complete (expanded 3-disc set, 1998)
  • Alloy (best of compilation, 1998)
  • Twenty Years of Rock'n'Reel (official bootlet, 2003)
  • Silver (2008)
  • The Well Below (EP, 2012)

Silver

Release info:

2008—Omnium Recordings—OMM2045

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Robin Adnan Anders—drum kit, tapan, percussion
Dean Magraw—acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Todd Menton—vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica
Drew Miller—dulcimer, bass guitar
David Stenshoel—fiddle, zurna

Produced by:

Boiled in Lead

Comments:

This is my first encounter with Boiled in lead though they've been going for about 25 years. It seems they're still a lively bunch capable of turning traditional material and their own songs and turn it into riveting experiences. The traditional "Jolly Tinker" gets a pretty nice joyful treatment. "House Carpenter" tells of a ship going down and is of course suitably downcast. "Berber" takes on some exotic influences and marries them well to the folk sound. "Rushes Green" takes the album to a suitable conclusion, the song being vivaciously interpreted. Folk fans will like this and so might others as well. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

The Well Below (EP, 2012)

Release info:

2012—Ominium Recordings

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Marc Anderson—drums and percussion
Dean Magraw—guitar
Todd Menton—vocals, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, whistle
Drew Miller—bass guitar, dulcimer
David Stenshoel—fiddle

Produced by:

Boiled in Lead

Comments:

The new ep by Boiled in Lead continues with their fine approach to folk music being intact and their skill as great as ever. "Wedding Dress" is a lively opener that shows the band's strong dexterity and love for their material. "The well below the valley" is a traditional song from Ireland with a bloody theme that they treat with their usual aplomb. The closing "Transylvanian Stomp" is a medley of songs from Hungary and Romania, in a typically irreverent and playful style. It's a fitting end to a great ep. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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