Album Of The Week – Beggars Prayer – The Mountain Firework Company – 24th Aug 2019
The Mountain Firework Company are an acoustic 5 piece based in Brighton, England. They came together over heartache and wine to create what has been described as “gorgeous folk/alt country pop, with equal parts darkness and cheeky humour ” and “alternative bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre “
Mournful and upbeat, The Mountain Firework Company’s driving melodic sound comes from an all acoustic string band line up of Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Double bass and Drums. Taking the traditional bluegrass string band line-up in new directions, they blend Folk, Country, Bluegrass and general Americana within their sound and whilst knowledgeable and respectful of those genre’s conventions, they are not bound by them. They play all their own material, creating a unique sound that is both fresh and familiar. A sound, that in it’s own small way is a continuation of the “folk “process, where the music that left these islands long ago to eventually become what we loosely term “Americana” has returned and still continues to evolve.
Their laconic front man, Irishman Gareth McGahan, spearheads the band. His song writing, gruff accented singing, and finger style guitar and banjo playing are at the core of it’s sound. His song writing is by turns sad, dark, and witty. It stands with one foot firmly in the folk, country and blues traditions. He writes his songs for bruised hearts and minds that sound contemporary and traditional. When the songs are then brought to life with vocal harmonies supplied by his assembled company of exceptional players, The band bristles with energy and vitality.
Honest and straightforward, THE BEGGAR’S PRAYER is quality studio recording of a superb live band doing what they do best, effortlessly drawing together elements from Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Blues Pop and Soul to create something unique, genuine, contemporary and accessible. It is essential listening for lovers of quality original acoustic music everywhere and it promises to take the story The Mountain Firework Company to fields further and beyond…