When: Sun., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. 2011
Since their 1996 inception, the Toronto-based Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis has been building their fan base, a small but fiercely loyal posse of "Haggis Heads," who follow their every move with great glee. Though the haggis metaphor—a large pool of world/Celtic/folk/indie-rock influences—is torturous (music=oatmeal + sheep guts), the music itself goes down smooth and easy. There's nothing flashy about their seventh studio album, Whitelake, just solid songwriting and subtle integration of pipes and fiddle and tin whistle and other Celtic-signifiers. Folk-inspired narrative songs like "The Basket Or the Blade," "Devil's Son," and "Of a Murder" pull the listener along its trajectory and invoke the sort of toe-tapping and discreet pint-swinging that you might expect from, say, Runrig or Great Big Sea. —Monica Kendrick Scythian opens.
Price: $18, $15 in advance