James Mc Grath is a very talented singer/songwriter from Tipperary and currently the new, hot thing in Ireland. James’s style is very reminiscent to Irish legend, Damien Dempsey and to my ears at least, Hamell on Trial (at Hamell’s most sensitive of course), his songwriting reminiscent to another Irish legend, Shane MacGowan and his voice reminiscent of Eddie Vedder (well if Eddie was from Nenagh it would be). Check out the Live at the Shed – EP it won’t disappoint.
Another great compilation here from our continental cousins over at MacSlon’s Irish Pub Radio. As always if you want to know what’s going on with new bands on the scene (and especially Europe) then Raise Your Pints is the starting point. Twenty great tracks in all and not a bad one amongst them. Highlights include, The Flogging Molly-ish Brick Top Blaggers, Uncle Bard and the Dirty Bastards, the might Ferocious Dog, Black Water Country, the Do or Die era Tortilla Flats and The Fatty Farmers.
Providence Rhode Island’s favorite salty dogs are back with another collection of sea shanties and maritime malarky. The 11 tracks on WHEN I GET HOME FROM ACROSS THE SEA are very much rooted in the original sea faring tradition as opposed to say the punk tradition. I can imagine that this is how these songs would have sounded back in the glory days of sail – rough and tumble but in almost perfect unison.
The physical product itself is a double 10″ handmade lathe cut clear record – pretty cool.
Poor Tim Finnegan, after a life of drinking the sup, brawling and chasing the shady lady he fell from that bloody ladder, struck his head and died. After the infamous wake when he was finally bloody well dead his mortal remains were tossed into Shane MacGowan’s grave and his spirit went straight to hell. But for Tim like Bon Scott hell ain’t such a bad place to be and isn’t that grand lads.
Muirsheen Durkin and Friends might be the biggest band in the whole Celtic-punk universe! The Arnsberg, Germany based outfit list an incredible 10 members including two frigging pipers!!! I’ve really enjoyed listening to Muirsheen’s latest full length offering, 11 Pints & 3 Shots, straight ahead, high energy, rowdy Celtic-punk’n’roll with a nice mix of original and traditional – Wild Mountain Thyme and Donald Where’s Your Troosers? from the Scottish traditional, Old Maui, the sea song some of you will know through the Dreadnoughts and the bagpipers favorite, Itchy Fingers. Nice to see a band list the Skels as a influence as well as the more obvious Pogues and The Rumjacks (Botany Bay Reggae is a major nod towards our Aussie friends). Check this out (or oot as they say in Glasga).
Reformed North of England folk punks legends The Whisky Priests have lined up a short tour of the UK and Europe in October / November of this year. More dates TBA.
To tie in with the tour, Whippet Records is reissuing the entire Whisky Priests back catalogue as a 12-disc box set, together with a limited edition companion-piece book
The Whisky Priests tour dates:
SAT 13 OCTOBER – The Forum Music Centre – Darlington, UK
FRI 19 OCTOBER – The Borderline – London, UK
SUN 21 OCTOBER – Musicport 2018 – Whitby, UK
TUE 30 OCTOBER – Chelsea – Vienna, Austria
WED 31 OCTOBER – Kik – Ried Im Innkreis, Austria
FRI 2 NOVEMBER – Musiktheater Piano – Dortmund, Germany
SAT 3 NOVEMBER – Monkeys Music Club – Hamburg, Germany
Gary Miller who along with his twin brother Glenn was the driving force behind legendary North of England folk punk pioneers the Whisky Priests (1985 – 2000 and now reformed in 2018). Gary’s latest project, Mad Martins, is a highly ambitious piece of art, a 50-track triple CD, enclosed in a beautifully designed and illustrated (by Helen Temperley) book with the lyrics to the all the songs, poems and spoken word pieces. Gary collaborates with poet Keith Armstrong and producer Iain Petrie.
Mad Martins the story of the three notorious Martin brothers is told in original folk songs, poetry and spoken word. The three brothers, William, Jonathan and John were born in the late 1700s in Northumberland, England. Jonathan, a sailor, religious fanatic and arsonist who set fire to York Minster, dying in the infamous Bedlam lunatic asylum. John, a city planner, inventor, English Romantic painter, engraver and illustrator – biblical paintings of hell fire and general mayhem (I’m pretty sure some of his stuff ended up on as LP covers for heavy metal bands). William, a solider, inventor, scientist eccentric and self-described philosopher.
Like I said before this is a highly ambitious piece of art that has been pulled off to perfection. Check out the sampler below.
New Bedford based sea shanty scallywags, Sharks Come Cruisin have a new album, When I Get Home From Across the Sea, out on June 22nd.
Sharks Come Cruisin, known for their energetic arrangements of traditional sea shanties, have released their 2nd full-length record When I Get Home From Across the Sea.
A follow-up to their 2011 release A Past We Forget, the new album is a collection of 11 traditional sea shanties arranged and performed with the SCC intensity their fans have come to expect.
To record the new full-length, the band traveled to Dirt Floor studios in Chester, CT. Over a multi-day recording session, the band recorded the album in a rustic log cabin studio overlooking the Connecticut River. “We tracked the majority of the record live, with everyone playing in the living room, it was a great, low-stress way to make a record” says singer/guitarist Mark Lambert. “Getting away from our day to day routine to hang out and make music played a big part in the overall ease that comes through on the recording.”
For the record’s release, The band will be performing at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center on June 22nd in New Bedford, MA, and then the following night, June 23rd, at The Collaborative in Warren, RI. Back in their hometown of Providence, RI, Sharks Come Cruisin will celebrate the record’s release at the PVD Shanty Sing, a monthly event that the band hosts on the 2nd Friday of every month at the Parlour, 1119 North Main St. Providence, RI.