Shite’n’Onions Podcast #105 The Fighting Irish

Shite’n’Onions musical tribute to the legendary Celtic pugilists.

John L. Sullivan

Flogging Molly – The Hand Of John L Sullivan
Dropkick Murphys – Blood and Whiskey

Mickey Ward

Dropkick Murphys – The Warrior’s Code
Neck – Come Out Fighting
Larkin Brigade – Planxty John L
The Peelers – Stand Down Cleary

Billy Conn

BibleCodeSundays – Pittsburgh Kid

James J Braddock

BibleCodeSundays – The Cinderella Man

Flogging Molly – Punch Drunk Grinning Soul
The Peelers – Going Down Swingin’ (ft. Finny McConnell)
The Mahones – The Hunger & The Fight
The Wakes – The Brave
The Mahones – Paint The Town Red

Les Darcy

The Rumjacks – Les Darcy
Kilmaine Saints – Black & Blue Jig


Dan Donnelly

The Canny Brothers Band – Donnelly
Wages of Sin – Queensbury Rules
Jackflash – Queensberry Rules

Flogging Molly: Life is Good

Life of Good is a very good album! Very much a return to roots by the Mollies after the more boundary pushing Speed of Darkness. The general consensus around the “interweb” is Life is Good is the best thing Flogging Molly have done since Within a Mile of Home or even Drunken Lullabies and I would very much agree – settled science. The young pretenders have been snapping at FMs heels for quite a while but Dave King and gang have stepped back into the ring to reclaim the Celtic-punk heavy weight title. So without a track-by-track, blow-by-blow review here are the highlights.

The Hand Of John L. Sullivan that punches as hard as the great man himself.

Welcome To Adamstown, with it’s ska/horn dance-ability. I actually grew-up not too far from Adamstown and went to school right beside it. There was nothing there when I was in school a lifetime a go, just fields and a country house. In the late 1990s/2000s there was a massive property boom in Ireland – developers built thousands of houses in west Dublin yet no real infrastructure was put in (shops, schools, churches – yep you atheists) then the whole thing went bust leaving unfinished streets and negative equity, unemployment and bank foreclosures. Now there are hundreds of houses but still noting there. Welcome To Adamstown gets the story right.

The Last Serenade (Sailors And Fisherman), reminiscent at times of the magnificent the son never shines on closed doors.

Flogging Molly are truly back and life is great.

Track listing:

There’s Nothing Left Pt. 1
The Hand Of John L. Sullivan
Welcome To Adamstown
Reptiles (We Woke Up)
The Day’s We’ve Yet To Meet
Life Is Good
The Last Serenade (Sailors And Fisherman)
The Guns Of Jericho
Crushed (Hostile Nations)
Hope
The Bride Wore Black
Until We Meet Again

http://floggingmolly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/floggingmolly/

Stiff Little Fingers: Best Served Loud

While SLF are currently taking their brand of shell-shock-rock through the halls of the UK, Europe and North America to celebrate 40 years of existence, Best Served Loud, the legendary Belfast band’s latest offering is a double live album (on CD and DVD as well) that commemorates their 25th year headlining Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom on St. Patrick’s Day – now if you’re thinking Glasgow/Scotland and Paddy’s day is weird then you don’t know Glasgow and the Barrowland – the ultimate place to be on the day.

Feeding off the energy of the best audience in the world, SLF have clearly not lost a drop of energy as the band enters middle age, showcasing material from career influencing (other bands careers**) Inflammable Material through more recent ‘classics” such as Guitar and Drum and Strummerville. Best Served Loud captures the authentic raw energy of SLF live – a fact I can testify as being the real McMordie having seen them live three times in the last few years with tickets acquired for a fourth.

Track Listing:
1 Go For It
2 Wasted Life
3 Just Fade Away
4 Roots, Radicals, Rockers And Reggae
5 Guitar & Drum
6 Nobody’s Hero
7 Back To Front
8 Barbed Wire Love
9 Listen
10 Doesn’t Make It Alright
11 Silver Lining
12 Guilty As Sin
13 At The Edge
14 Strummerville
15 My Dark Places
16 Fly The Flag
17 When We Were Young
18 Tin Soldiers
19 Suspect Device
20 Gotta Getaway
21 Alternative Ulster

https://www.slf.rocks/

https://www.facebook.com/StiffLittleFingers

**Green Day

Jamie Clarke’s Perfect: Hell Hath No Fury

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything new from former Pogue Jamie Clarke (guitar on the much underrated Pogue Mahone). Hell Hath No Fury follows in the Folk-a-billy direction of 2011’s Beat Boys – part Pogues, part Rock-a-billy, party outlaw country in a spaghetti western kind of way. The cover of La Bamba is a must hear. A real solid album.

https://jamie-clarkes-perfect.jimdo.com/

The Peelers: Palace of the Fiend

In 2004 The Peelers album Liquordale was Shite’n’Onions album of the year – always a good launching point for fame and fortune in the Celtic-punk genre. Then……… nothing………nothing for 13 years!!! Now we have have the follow-up, ‘Palace of the Fiend’. Thirteen tracks in all. That’s one for for every year since Liquordale.

So where have the Peelers been? New York, The Bronx and Afghanistan. San Diego, Harlem, Dublin and on to the Spanish Coast. Down south, up north. From St. Johns to Boston and back to Ballingarry.

What have they being doing? Fighting at Vinegar Hill and with General Meagher, pub crawling to Baltimore. Brawling with the Westies and hanging St. Michael. Sailing with St. Brendan. Drinking Guinness, snorting…., getting clean and sober, falling again. Fighting the Devil, fighting the final round, finding redemption.

And is ‘Palace of the Fiend’ any good? Fuck yeah. Double fuck yeah. This is Celtic-punk at it’s very, very best, fast, powerful, raw, the poetry of those who have really lived – part Pogues, part Mahones and part Behan. I know it’s only May but I’m prepared to call ‘Palace of the Fiend’ album of the year for 2017. See yah in 2030 lads.

https://www.the-peelers.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ThePeelersFC/

Podcast #104

It’s been a while since the last podcast so it’s time for another.

 

Playlist:

The Real McKenzies – Fxxk The Real McKenzies – Two Devils Will Talk

Jamie Clarke’s Perfect – Back From Hell – Hell Hath No Fury

The Ceili Family – Band of Bowsies – Ministry of Silly Folk

BibleCodeSundays –  Lash in the USA

The Peelers – Bastard of the Bunch – Place of a Fiend

The Peelers – The Dark Path – Place of a Fiend

The Rumjacks – Paddy Goes to Babylon EP

The Real McKenzies – Scots Wha Ha’e- Two Devils Will Talk

The Peelers – Beggars, Rats & Boozers – Place of a Fiend

Nick Burbridge – Song of an Outcast – Resolved

The Killigans – From The Underground – Raise your Pints 2

Mickey Rickshaw – Nonprofit Warfare – Raise your Pints 2

Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterell: Resolved

Resolved is the second outing of the partnership between McDermott’s Two Hours signer, songwriter (as well as novelist, poet, playwright and general smart guy) Nick Burbridge and fiddler, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tim Cotterell
(also of Scot’s Celtic-rockers The Electrics). Like the duo’s first outing, Gathered, Resolved is not an immediate collection of music in anyway but worth (well worth) the investment. Beautiful poetic lyrics of ordinary lives livedm, overlaid with sparse and haunting Celtic melodies in a Dylan meets Planxty style. The main songs on the album are inter-spaced with Tankas – short poems in Japanese style (had to look that up!). Check out a couple of samples from Resolved below and give’em a few listens.

And for good measure here is Nick with The Levellers

and Ferocious Dog

http://www.burbridgearts.org/

https://www.facebook.com/burbridgearts/

The Mahones headline the Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland

The Mahones are again headlining the Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland this August.

In the meantime the band are touring Canada.

May-06 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
May-08 – The Showroom – Duncan, BC
May-10 – Wild Bills – Banff, AB
May-11 – Distortion – Calgary, AB
May-12 – The Athabasca – Jasper, AB
May-13 – Starlite Room – Edmonton AB
May-16 – The Drake – Canmore, AB
May-17 – The Slice – Lethbridge, AB
May-18 – The Capitol, Saskatoon, SK
May-19 – Bobby’s Place – Regina, SK
May-20 – Bobby’s Place – Moosejaw, SK *More summer European, Canadian

https://www.facebook.com/TheMahones/
https://www.facebook.com/GuinnessIrishFestival/

The Ceili Family: Ministry of Silly Folk

I somehow missed reviewing the Ceili Family’s latest last year when Ministry of Silly Folk was originally release – sorry ‘bout that lads – still passage of time is not a good excuse to not review the album now. Ceili Family are from Germany and Ministry of Silly Folk (Fawlty Towers fans here me thinks) is the bands 3rd (I think) full-length release. Now like all good German bands the Ceili Family have a enduring love for the Pogues – the Pogues at their Irish dance hall band best – speedy, spunky, accordion lead, Celtic-folk-punk with infectious melodies and pints of poteen to beat the band. Check out “Throw You Diary” and “Band of Bowsies” and if these don’t get you moving your most likely dead.

http://www.ceilifamily.de/

BibleCodeSundays: Rare US dates

London legends play two rare US dates this month.

May 25th – O’Brien’s Pub, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA

May 28th – Connolly’s, 121 W 45th St, New York, NY

Now the 25th is a Thursday and the 29th a Sunday so it may be safe to assume some in-between dates as well.

https://www.facebook.com/BibleCodeSundays/