New Video From West of Mabou: “Eagle’s Whistle”

West of Mabou

Our friends West of Mabou, the terrific Celtic musicians from Saskatchewan, are premiering their first video today, and we want to make sure you get to see it!

High-energy fiddling, Scottish Lowland Border pipes, smooth whistle tunes, rocking guitar, and drum solos are just a few of the things you might see in a West of Mabou stage performance, as the Western Canadian band taps into their strong Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton roots to deliver a unique brand of high-energy, traditional music with a contemporary flair. The band’s combination of traditional and original fiddle and pipe tunes has earned them a nomination for Instrumental Artist of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards, Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Awards, and World Artist of the Year at the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards. The band was also named as one of the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast’s “Top Bands of 2017.” West of Mabou’s latest album, “The Bridge,” was produced by master Cape Breton musician, Wendy MacIsaac.

After being nominated for a 2018 WCMA and CFMA, West of Mabou is celebrating their recent 2019 WCMA nomination with their first ever music video. Directed and filmed by Saskatoon based video company Versa Films, “Eagle’s Whistle” is the first track off of West of Mabou’s second album, “The Bridge.” High energy fiddling, Scottish Lowland Border pipes, rocking guitar, and drum solos are just a few of the things you will notice in this action packed video. This song was produced by master Cape Breton musician Wendy MacIsaac. West of Mabou unites the talents of Scott Benson (fiddle), Jared Dormer (percussion), Justin Easton (guitar/bass), Alex Rasmussen (pipes/whistles), and Roberta Wallace (fiddle).

With a strong respect for tradition and a unique contemporary style, West of Mabou continues to charm audiences with their impossible-to-sit-still tempos and their ability to fold Celtic sounds with modern inflections into a recipe for dance. High-energy fiddling, Scottish Lowland Border pipes, smooth whistle tunes, rocking guitar, and drum solos are just a few of the things you might see in a West of Mabou stage performance, as the Western Canadian band taps into their strong Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton roots to deliver a unique brand of high-energy, traditional music with a contemporary flair.

We were fortunate to hear West of Mabou live when they visited Pennsylvania during the 2017 Celtic Classic and we’ve been huge fans ever since their debut album. We hope you’ll give the video a listen – we think that once you’ve heard them, you’ll definitely be craving more from West of Mabou.

Visit West of Mabou’s website.

Lesley Carter

Exposed to the wonders of CBC and Montréal Canadiens hockey as a teenager thanks to a satellite dish in rural Kansas, I have been an unabashed lover of all things Canadian ever since. I am a lifelong collector of esoteric and varied music, a teacher of piano, and an aspiring multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, mandola, ukulele). In real life, I work in the field of technology.

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