This story was corrected on June 30, 2014. An explanation follows the story.
For Canadian band Enter the Haggis, one night at Jammin Java just wasn’t enough. They will be there Thursday and again on Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July with the crowd.
Enter the Haggis is made up of Brian Buchanan, Craig Downie, Trevor Lewington, Mark Abraham and Bruce McCarthy. The band has the typical rock set up with bass, drums, guitar and vocals, but also have a bit of an exotic twist with fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, harmonica and a bagpipe.
“It’s the core group, what you might kind of hear in a lot of bands, but it’s augmented with the more unusual instruments,” said McCarthy, who plays drums in the band.
The addition of these underrepresented instruments into their rock music gives them a more folk twist.
“Well, I would say you could liken it to sort of an indie rock band with Celtic, folk, Americana sort of influences,” McCarthy said. “Our sound has changed and evolved a lot over the years.”
In recent years, the band left their recording company to put their albums out independently with the help of their ever-growing fanbase.
“We have done three different crowdfunding campaigns for the last three albums, the third of which is yet to come out, but we recorded it,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy explained that even if the label is giving you a lot of funding to work on an album, they still need to take back from your sales.
“It’s never free money, it’s always sort of an investment,” he said. “We were in a situation that it was no longer optional.”
With the crowdfunding, the band was able to break away from labels without having to sacrifice the quality of the record. McCarthy said being an independent band has given them the freedom of recording the best album they can without time or budgetary restraints.
However, one of the band’s big concerns, according to McCarthy, is making sure none of their fans who contribute to their funding feel like the band is taking advantage of their generosity.
“We try to offer value with pledge rewards and I think that comes across,” McCarthy said. “We put a lot of work into the things that we offer and a lot of time on our end. Hopefully, ultimately, the albums are strong enough that people think it was worth it.”
While people enjoy their albums, McCarthy joked that it doesn’t really matter how much effort they put into recording because people always seem to enjoy experiencing the band live even more.
“It’s always a great time,” McCarthy said. “People enjoy themselves and feel engaged by the music and the five of us up on stage.”
Correction: The band plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.