The Seahags Tarnished Gold

The Seahags Tarnished Gold
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Saskatoon's old-timey country-garage band the Seahags, not to be confused with the glam metal band from San Francisco of the same name, are fan favourites on the Saskatchewan music scene — and rightly so. These ladies can play.

Tarnished Gold is the fourth and, reputedly, final album from this plugged in, stomp-along, rough-around-the-edges group. Two social workers, two nurses, one baker and one shipper/receiver — what, no donut maker? — play one guitar, an electric banjo, bass guitar, fiddle, mandobird and the drums, and in so doing exhibit a spirit and energy that defies the cold, rural backdrop they call home.

Like a lot of traditional music, especially of the sing-along, get-up-and-dance sort, it's good fun but sounds better live, in a bar, across a table of empty pints. (Independent)