Sid & Fancy's soulful banjo pickin' and fleet-wristed fiddlin' may sound like it came from the mountains of Appalachia rather than the rolling hills of Ireland, but the raucous punk-grass band from Eugene manages to take cues from established Irish punk acts without sounding like coat-tail riders. From their raucous renditions of gospel standards like "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" to original songs about fleeing the devil and swilling beer 'til the bottle's dry, Sid and Fancy take the best of gospel, bluegrass and Irish folk, soak it all in whiskey and light it on fire. And if Sid and Fancy don't provide enough St. Patty's Day flavor for you, the Wages of Sin, Seattle's own Celtic punk band, should satisfy your craving. With the Bad Things. SARA BRICKNER
Listen to a sample of Sid & Fancy's "Shack on the Hill."
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