JIGJAM

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Oh Boy! ★★★★ In­de­pen­dent Re­lease

The banjo has for too long lan­guished on the pe­riph­ery, tread­ing a path be­tween mar­gins too nar­row to fully ex­ploit its full po­ten­tial. Re­cent years have changed all that, though, with We Banjo 3 boldly ex­ca­vat­ing the in­stru­ment’s rich ex­panse to im­pres­sive ef­fect. Now along come JigJam, who cast their beady eyes on that busy in­ter­sec­tion where Ir­ish, Amer­i­cana and blue­grass mu­sic thrives. Lead singer Jamie McKeogh chan­nels Chris Thile with his re­fresh­ing cover of Rye

Whiskey, but cov­ers of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Levi and Vance Joy’s Rip­tide re­veal a trio with ears cocked for con­tem­po­rary mu­sic that isn’t afraid to show its roots. Tunes are wo­ven adeptly in be­tween, with Zöe Con­way’s

Ring­ing The Bell paired imag­i­na­tively with The Banks of

New­found­land’. An au­da­cious de­but from a mu­si­cally ag­ile trio. jigjam.ie

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