Five albums and a decade on the road have seen Toronto roots rock band, Enter The Haggis, evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act. Their formula for success has been a simple one: record great music, back it up with inspired live performances, and tour constantly. It's this uncompromising commitment to their music and fans that has seen the band garner top ten charting positions on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes; major television appearances such as A&E's Breakfast with the Arts and Live with Regis and Kelly; and their very own PBS special.
Engaging fans is also an important part of Enter The Haggis' formula, and getting to know people has always been a part of being on the road. "We always make ourselves available to the folks who come out to support us," says Mark Abraham, the band's bass player. "We'll stick around after a show until everyone who'd like to say hello to us has had a chance to." It's the kind of attitude that's turned fans into friends and has made the band feel at home wherever they go, even if they're a thousand miles from Toronto.
Enter The Haggis is at the heart of a true grassroots success story, and never has this been more evident than with the group's latest release, Whitelake. Recorded at a rustic cottage surrounded by Canada's picturesque landscape, and funded entirely through the generous contributions of loyal fans, Whitelake occupies a musical space that lies somewhere between the fiercely creative and contemporary soundscapes of Radiohead, and the heartfelt story telling and infectious grooves of The Band.
Musically, Haggis has brought more instruments to the table with Whitelake. Adding flavors of mandolin, accordion, trumpet, and ukulele to the usual compliment of fiddle, bagpipes, harmonica, and a roots-rock rhythm section, results in an album which is timeless and familiar while being undeniably contemporary. With the current rise in popularity of Americana and roots music, Whitelake will appeal to music fans whether they prefer Led Zeppelin or The Decemberists.
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