Who?: Joe McCarthy, vocals, guitar; Paul Ceppaglia, guitar; Dave Mucha, bass; Helen Butler, fiddle, cello; Joe Suplicki, drums; Nate Schneekloth, keys; Dee Adams, vocals; Jim Bohm, trumpet; Jim Runfola, saxophone; David Moore, uillean pipes, accordion, tin whistle.
What?: Buffalo's long-tenured kings of singer/songwriter-meets-Celtic rock.
What's new?: The band has just released its finest collection of songs to date, in the form of "Victors and Vices." It's on the shelves now. Learn more about the record, and check for upcoming shows, through www.mccarthyizm.com.
Why?: The new album -- smartly produced by Ceppaglia with the help of engineers Marc Hunt at Chameleon Studios and Paul Weisenburger at the Pickle Patch -- perfectly captures the roughshod beauty of a McCarthyizm concert. The addition of the Bohm/Runfola horn section, Jackdaw's Moore, and Adams' sonorous harmony vocals add supple flesh to the skeleton of McCarthy's lyrics and the band's songs. Rowdy, smart, memorable and more than worthy of a tip o' the Guiness pint.
-- Jeff Miers