Celtic favorites, Enter the Haggis returned “home” to Central New York this past Saturday to an appreciative and excited crowd. The show at Lincoln Hill Farms, which is located right outside of Canandaigua off of Routes 5 and 20, is not your typical music venue. A working farm, this beautiful setting also hosts weddings, events, and offers catering, and even glamping with an amazing backdrop of the silos serving up your favorite libations, crops of hops towering out back, and a pond perfect for those sunset photos!
In March of 2019, Enter the Haggis was just releasing their latest album, Archer’s Parade when the pandemic forced the world to shut down. Like a pot on the stove, it was left to simmer on the back burner, only to finally be pulled back out to the front and the heat turned up as they played some of their newest songs for the restless crowd.
Already quickly becoming favorites, the crowd yelled requests from songs on the album such as “Westward Shore,” and the band came through with songs such as “Dryden Mine,” “Shangri-La,” and “Whippoorwill.” But it’s always the electricity of the favorite songs like “Gasoline,” “One Last Drink,” “The Litter and the Leaves,” “Another Round,” and “Congress” that get the crowd up on their feet dancing and singing along.
The talent of this band melds perfectly, even with a year off, and the addition of Rose Baldino from Burning Bridget Cleary and House of Hamill joining them on a few songs is like a cherry on top of a perfect sundae, or um Saturday night.
Ending the two-set evening with songs like “White Squall” and “Down with the Ship,” the crowd now lined up out front began to link arms and dance and sing along. It was though they were finally home again, both the band and the crowd. Being the final stop on their first set of dates this year, the cobwebs were shaken off; the crowd was back in the groove, and they all returned home to get ready for their return in September to the Syracuse Irish Festival on Sept. 10 and 11. Boy is it good to be part of live music again.