”Under their original name of Clan Na Gael, the Orlando-based Seven Nations (led by Kirk McLeod) solely played traditional Celtic tunes. But soon, after realizing that (1) no one could spell "Clan Na Gael" and (2) about seven other groups used the same moniker, the band decided on a name change. Wanting to evoke more than just the Scottish/Irish portion of their Celtic influences, they decided upon Seven Nations, which encompasses all of the Celtic territories of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, and the Isle of Man. This name change period also saw the addition of a drummer, amending their "Celtic" label to also include "Rock."
Big Dog was released in 1996 and represents these changes’ fruition. Seven Nations still play traditional tunes, but they also begin to play originals, principally by McLeod and "antipypr" Neil Anderson. Big Dog also sees the band setting themselves apart from their ilk by performing a cover of "Under the Milky Way," a 1980s hit by The Church. The use of Anderson’s bagpipes in place of a rock guitar solo is an innovation that simply has to be heard to be fully appreciated.
Even with songwriting chores added to their repertory of skills, Seven Nations’ song talent still lies primarily in choice. Trad songs like "Blackleg Miner" and "Crooked Jack" are definitely among the highlights on an album with few. The main drawback of the album is its sound; tinny at worst, the production seems to show a band that lacks confidence, something that is present in spades on their live Road Kill releases. One could possibly assume that the studio atmosphere led to a stifling of the creative influence, because, despite its solid musicianship, Big Dog comes off as a rather stale affair.”
Review by: http://www.greenmanreview.com/cd/cd_sevennations_omni.html
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This is hands down the best album by Seven Nations. I can find a reason to love every song on this CD for a few good reasons (That we don’t have to go in to now).