Given that the last album from Roddy Rogers – A Strange Place – was back in 2006,
I would say that the title of this new album suggests the time was right to release
another one. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Roddy has been a stalwart of
the Irish music scene over the years through his time with Moondance and the truly
excellent Chanter, where he played alongside brother Mal in a super talented lineup
performing original and traditional material with great arrangements.
No Time To Wait is simply a great contemporary album. There is no point in trying
to stick a particular narrow label on it because there are Celtic, rock and folk
influences throughout, but underpinning it all are great songs performed with conviction
and style using a wide variety of
Instruments including Latin and African percussion, bodhran, fiddle, bouzouki and
mandola, guitars and keyboards.
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The album opens with the very catchy Touch the Sky – a driving yet gentle song with
an anthem-like chorus that is sure to be a favourite when performed live. It has
single written all over it. Towards the Sun is another lovely song while the anti-war
Cloth of Gold’s hypnotic beat re-enforces the lyric’s sentiment.
Another standout track is the poignant ballad Avenida Holohan. The late Fr Liam Holohan
from Kilkenny, attached to the Mill Hill Fathers, served as a parish priest serving
in Chile during the brutal Pinochet regime. Due to his great ministry there standing
up to the corrupt government which included being arrested for distributing greeting
cards that wished Chileans a new year “without torture” – the people named a street
after him – Avenida Holohan. It’s a great song and a fitting tribute to a wonderful
No Time To Wait is a terrific album from a gifted songwriter.”