Catasauqua Press

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Haggis offers varied flavors

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Celtic rockers Enter The Haggis are once again bringing their tour to Bethlehem, performing 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks.

Enter The Haggis has played in the Lehigh Valley numerous times, including shows at Musikfest and Celtic Classic.

The band of Trevor Lewington, Brian Buchanan, Craig Downie, Mark Abraham and Bruce McCarthy incorporates different instruments from the octave mandolin, to bagpipes, banjos and fiddles.

Enter The Haggis chose its name to showcase its varied music. "We mix a lot of weird elements together and bring together different styles of music," says Buchanan, singer-keyboardist-fiddler. "We realized our music is kind of like haggis."

Fans of Enter The Haggis are extremely dedicated to the band, donating funds to support the band's recording of albums, which include Celtic, Americana, folk and rock music.

"We can play a wide variety of venues and mesh with any atmosphere," says Buchanan.

The group's latest album, "Whitelake," has a more acoustic and mainstream sound.

The Toronto-based group, together for 12 years, just finished recording its sixth studio album, "The Modest Revolution," to be released March 30, 2013.

"The Modest Revolution" is a heavier guitar rock album than the band has produced in the past, according to Buchanan.

For the songwriting process, Enter The Haggis ordered "a whole bunch of copies" of a national Toronto newspaper and chose ideas for songs from the headlines.

Fans of the eclectic band will get to hear some of the songs from the new record during the Musikfest Cafe concert.

"They don't mind when we change gears pretty drastically from one song to the next," says Buchanan of the group's fans.

"We play anything from straight-up rock and roll to bluegrass, to country elements. Anything you can think of we have tried our hand at one time or another.

"We always try to start from a good song and build up the sound of the song around that," Buchanan says.