Jimmy & Scots Folk Band 'The Viking Irishman', the band's third album, is released today on the Maxy

A few weeks before St. Patrick's Day, the Jimmy & Scots Folk Band releases the 5-track EP entitled "The Viking Irishman" on the Maxy Sound label, in physical format and on all digital platforms.
VERONA, Italy - Feb. 22, 2024 - PRLog -- Through the creation of "The Viking Irishman", the Jimmy & Scots Folk Band set themselves the arduous mission of creating an EP that is not just a collection of songs, but a concept album to be enjoyed in one go. The album recounts various battles that have shaped the cultural heritage of the Irish people and begins with the arrival of the Vikings in Ireland in 795 AD.

It opens with a medley of "My Mother Told Me" and "Drømde Mig En Drøm". This is the first written example of Scandinavian music whose melody and only verse were found in the Codex Runicus, one of the oldest surviving runic manuscripts.

The journey continues with the unreleased track "The Viking Irishman", which gives the EP its title. It tells of the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 AD from the perspective of a simple blacksmith who must choose between love and the call of war.
"High King's Reel" is the third track on the EP and is an instrumental mix of unreleased and traditional "tunes". With its late medieval, almost renaissance sound, it leaves the era of the High Kings of Ireland dynasty and transports the listener to the fourth track.
At Glenmalure in 1580 AD, the well-known folk ballad "Follow Me Up to Carlow" takes place in this version arranged with the traditional "Swallowtail Jig". The song tells of the defeat of the largest English army ever sent to Ireland by the Munster clans, who rebelled against the Anglo-Norman invaders. In this wake of rebellion against the British Crown, the EP closes with a version of "Come Out Ye Black and Tans".

In 2019 the band signed a record deal with the label "Maxy Sound" and released "Seven Irish Nights". This album led the Jimmy & Scots Folk Band to win "Discovery of the Year 2023", "Best Male Voice 2023" and "Artist of the Year Chosen by Fans 2023" at the "MC Music Awards". The same year, "Seven Irish Nights" was included in the "Irish Traditional Music Archive", the world's most important archive of Irish music, located in Dublin.

"The Viking Irishman" is now available on all digital platforms accessible from the link:

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