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Post  Admin on Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:24 am

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Over the past three albums and five years, Toronto’s Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success. From playing Celtic festivals to headlining them, and from the festival circuit to selling out multiple nights in rock venues, ETH has blazed a path with heavy and almost constant touring up and down the East Coast, to Canada, the West Coast and back again, winning over success one fan, one town, one region at a time.

The band has been together in its current incarnation since members met in the early 2000s in Toronto, where more than half the band was studying its craft in the city’s colleges and universities. With that kind of classically trained background Enter The Haggis is constantly honing and evolving its sound – blending elements of rock and pop with traditional Celtic fare, an art school eclecticism and a keen sense of arrangement. Past records have seen the band dabble in roots, funk, even adding prog rock elements to the mix, but ETH always manages to bring it home. Alternating between upbeat rock numbers with sing-along choruses and slower, more introspective alt pop songs, the band plays progressive and lyrically driven music that’s strongly rooted in Celtic tradition – from the storytelling to the bagpipes.

“We like to experiment musically, pushing the boundaries of what people think of as Celtic music,” said vocalist and guitarist Trevor Lewington. “Some of our grooves, melodies and lyrics are quite different from other bands that we play with.”

It’s been a long time coming though, and Enter The Haggis has definitely been reworking its music and building success over the past several years. 2004’s release Casualties of Retail (United For Opportunity), not only stretched the limits of Celtic rock musically, but topically as well with straight-shooting socio-political tracks such as “Gasoline” and “Congress.” 2006’s Soapbox Heroes, produced by four-time Grammy award winner Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney), hit number two during its July release on the iTunes World Music chart and later marked the band’s Billboard debut when it landed at number eight on the World Chart there. 2007’s Northampton (Live) was recorded over four sold-out shows in one weekend at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, and was a testament to the band’s focus on touring, fan participation, and its regional stronghold in the Northeast U.S.

This year the band plans to focus more than ever on its homeland, and is looking forward to spending a great deal of time in Canadian territory. Gutter Anthems will be released on United for Opportunity on March 24, 2009 amid a March East Coast tour, including a blowout celebration on St. Patrick’s Day at The Mod Club in the band’s native Toronto. “We’ve started feeling nostalgia for our homeland,” said fiddler, keyboardist and vocalist Brian Buchanan. “And this album feels more distinctly and unapologetically Canadian than our previous albums.” This year Canada. Next year the world.

The renovated Old Rock House building, which borrows its name from a historic riverfront building dismantled in 1959 to make way for the Gateway Arch, features 6,000 square feet on three distinct levels, a state-of-the-art sound, light and video system and a menu created by an award-winning chef.

Co-owner Tim Weber- an industry veteran best known for ten years at the helm of legendary music club Mississippi Nights- believes this combination, a concept the Old Rock House calls an “integrated music venue, eating and drinking place” will allow for a new experience unlike any other in the St. Louis music scene.

“It seems like the concert business- especially at the club level- focuses almost exclusively on the bands and never the customers. Our mission is to focus on both,” Weber said. “We plan to book the best talent and deliver it in the best, most customer-friendly environment. If you want to rock out front and center with the band, you should be able to do that without passing out from the heat or getting crushed against a barricade. If you’d rather chill on a couch in the back and sip a single-malt, you should be able to do that too. There are so many ways to experience a concert; our aim is to accommodate what every customer’s version of an ideal concert environment is while still maintaining a rock and roll vibe.”

In addition to a meticulously restored building, the Old Rock House offers well-lit, free parking directly across from the venue, food to satisfy every craving, and boasts a drink selection to suit every palate and every wallet. “Our customers are able to come here right from the office or right off their couch, any night of the week, and get great music, great drinks, and a great meal. Ultimately, they create their own experience; the energy and the very nature of this venue allows people to do just that.”

The Old Rock House is located at 1200 South 7th Street, St. Louis MO 63104

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