Feature: “Whiskers In The Jar” by Marc Gunn & The Dubliners’ Tabby Cats

Artist: Marc Gunn & The Dubliners’ Tabby Cats
Album: Whiskers in the Jar: Irish Songs for Cat Lovers

Marc Gunn & The Dubliners’ Tabby Cats are at it again with “Whiskers In The Jar”! A CD full of Irish and Scottish songs that are changed around to be about cats, this is a fun listen that will have you rolling with laughter. Gunn’s wit is sharp and he takes every opportunity to make the songs interesting as well as amusing. The music is great; energetic when it should be and mellow when needed. Personally, I am a big fan of Gunn’s singing voice–there is an energy behind it that just makes you feel good. There is never a doubt that he loves what he is doing; it shines through. Some people have charisma even just in sound.

So what have we here on this compilation of songs? I won’t give it all away but I’ll hit some highlights. The CD starts off with a bang with “What Shall We Do With A Catnipped Kitty” – a parody of “Drunken Sailor”. I can practically guarantee that you will be singing this song all day it is so catchy! Another favorite is the title track, which is a parody of “Whiskey In The Jar”. By far my favorite though is the lament sung through “Danny Boy” where Gunn good-naturedly complains about how his cat just won’t let him get enough sleep–hilarious! The CD reports in on many “truisms” that cat lovers everywhere can relate to, and its a well-produced, well executed piece of work. A nice follow up to his previous effort, “Irish Drinking Songs For Cat Lovers”. Good stuff!

Catherine L. Tully is a freelance writer and photographer who specializes in the arts. She has written for American Style and Classical Singer, among other magazines, and reviews music for Marc Gunn’s Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. You can reach her through her website at CatherineLTully.com. Published by Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.

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