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Songs From The Fever Ship is a total work of art that once again proves that rock is not dead and does not have to sound desperately retro.
MUSIC REVIEW (Germany)
Merchants of Bordeaux: DIY diplomats shake hands with ‘Wine Geese’ ghosts (READ MORE - click on green link)
THE IRISH TIMES (Ireland)
Being in France and hearing Eamonn perform The Merchants of Bordeaux, and a few other tracks from his new album Songs from the Fever Ship, before a hushed audience was a profoundly moving experience.
A Song of Celebration for the Wine Geese (READ MORE - click on green link)
WINE SEARCHER (New Zealand)
The rocking "Oh Hangman" and the beautiful folk ballad "The Merchants Of Bordeaux" are our personal favorite
tracks on this great album.
Raw and passionate, it's an album of dark Americana with stripped back country bones and rags of battle scarred rock 'n' roll
fluttering in a parched breeze. it's widescreen, monochrome, and you know no one will walk away from the final showdown.
Dowd's new album, Songs from the Fever Ship, is a collaboration with Horslips drummer/lyricist, Eamon Carr - together they've penned eight new songs with the central theme of the diaspora, and the plight of the
dispossessed Irish who moved to France in the 17th and 18th century. (READ MORE -click on green link)
Dowd's voice is in full flow, with The Racketeers providing an accordion-inflected folk backing. (READ MORE - click on green link)
HOT PRESS (Ireland)
Songs from the Fever Ship sees Dowd collaborating with Horslips members Jim Lockhart on keyboards, flute and whistles and drummer and lyricist Eamon Carr. The Horslips influence is evident on a cover of Cu Chullain’s Lament from The Tain and the crisp drumming on Cry On My Grave, which recall vintage Horslips crossed with Dowd’s gothic roots rocking....Highly narrative.... The total work is a rich collection of songs, each aching with life and emotion.
IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE (Ireland)
Dig Into Nowhere, is certainly one of the uniquely honest efforts from any artist so far this year. (READ MORE - click on green link)
GLOBAL TEXAN CHRONICLES (Germany)
A damn fine example of gravel-voiced country rock.....these songs are full of unaffected, unrefined humanity, a kind of world-weary, warts 'n' all honesty that's getting rarer in music....there is something raw and real about The Racketeers that's easy to love.
HOT PRESS (Ireland)
Opener "Rambling Jack" sofort für Gänsehaut. Jeder der folgenden Titel hat seinen ganz eigenen Charakter und sorgt beim Hören sofort für Kopfkino, die Texte sind bildreich und lyrisch, die Melodien von Melancholie geprägt. Das Projekt hat Format. Die Atmosphäre, die hier vermittelt wird, zwingt einen fast zur Generierung eines neuen Genre-Ungetüms: Country Gothic. Rauchiger, roher, düsterer, schwermütiger Rock'n'Roll mit einer ordentlichen Portion Tiefgang
This is old-school arts and crafts, a terse articulation of the devil’s music, of struggle and calamity, of strangers in dangerous towns. Eamonn's music matters.
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IRISH TIMES - JOHN FLEMING (Ireland)
An accomplished and rich sound, they simply rely on a fantastic, vulnerable voice, and are a band touching the heart of this city and following its lineage to America and beyond.
RTE / LEAGUES O TOOLE (Ireland)
There are moments on this album that capture perfectly the magic that can be conjured up by combining country and rock 'n' roll in just the right proportions. There's something almost debauched about the louche vocal. I like the personality and experience in his voice it makes him an engaging and believable narrator and I'm happy to spend time in his company.....the same naked honest aggression of McGowan at his belligerent best. However instead of mayhem The Racketeers employ melody....more hooks than a convention of pirates...a kind of crushed velvet gothic country.....many magic moments.
AMERICANA UK (UK)
Er zit countryrock in de liedjes, maar zeker zoveel rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly en folk. Zo klinkt de furieuze opener Ramblin’ Jack precies zoals de titel aangeeft. Shabby Dress is een Stray Cats-achtige meezinger. Straight Down The Line en Nobody Home gaan dan weer richting country. USP’s van de cd zijn Dowds stem als een pond roestige spijkers en het ijzersterke gitaarwerk van Dowd en gast Ger Kiely op elektrische, lap steel en octave gitaar. Duivel, Lucifer, dwaas en moordenaar, allemaal zijn ze welkom. Samen zorgen ze wel voor een energieke, afwisselende cd die de hoofdweg links laat leggen en prettig vaak de goot opzoekt.
ALT COUNTRY (Netherlands)
One of the great survivors of Irish rock 'n' roll
MOJO / OLAF TYRANASEN (UK)
A country coated guitar affair that tugs at the heart-strings and the feet. Well worth checking out.
THE EXAMINER (Ireland)