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.
The Mahones hit the road shortly for serious of Canadian dates and a extensive European tour including spot on The Levellers Beautiful Days Festival
June 01 – O’Reilly’s – St. John’s, Canada
June 02 – O’Reilly’s – St. John’s, Canada
June 16 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Canada
June 23 – Blu Martini – Kingston, Canada
June 30 – House Of Targ – Ottawa, Canada
July 05 – Warehouse – St. Catherine’s, Canada
July 13 – Shamrock Castle Festival – Bammmersdorf, Germany
July 14 – Stadfest – Lindau, Germany
July 15 – Mighty Sounds Festival – Tabor, Czech Republic
July 17. – Zdunska Wola – Pub Variete, Poland
July 18 – Trinkteufel – Berlin, Germany
July 19 – Špilberk Castle – Brno, Czech Republik
July 20 – Rock auf Dem Berg – Marienberg, Germany
July 21 – Cafe Central – Weinheim, Germany
July 23 – Free & Easy Festival – Munich, Germany
July 26.03 – K3 – Hameln, Germany
July 27 – Nord Open Air – Essen, Germany
July 29 – Chez Narcisse – Le Val D’Ajol, France
July 30 – Le Dropkick – Reims, France
July 31 – Le Ferraille – Nantes, France
August 02 – Sesto San Giovanni (MI) – Carroponte Italy
August 03 – Montelago Celtic Festival – Maccerata, Italy
August 10 – Meisterschwanden – Drunken Sailors, Switzerland
August 17 – Beautiful Days Festival, England
The latest from Chicago raised, Tennessee born Jeff Givens and his Mugshot Saints is not our usual fare of Celtic / Punk but since Bleeding Ink is rootsie and dirty it’s fair game for a review. Bleeding Ink is probably best described a old school rock’n’roll (Stones, Allman Brothers) meets Americana outlaw country (Cash, Waylon). Laid back but with enough dirty under the fingernails and grease on the fingertips from 30 plus years on the road that makes this so much more real then the usual corporate country whore stuff.
I’m a wee bit late with the review of Whitewashed Graves the 2016 released EP from Melbourne Celtic-punk hooligans Ramshackle Army. No real excuse since I’ve had this brute on rotation for the best part of a year. Whitewashed Graves is top notch stuff. Fast. Aggressive. Catchy. Each track a live anthem in the making. In fact, I like Whitewashed Graves so much I bought myself a physical copy (the review copy was digital). If that’s not an endorsement I don’t know what is.
I wanted to give a shout out to Garry Miller of The Whisky Priests new project; Mad Martins – a hugely ambitious 50-track triple CD and 104-page deluxe book as well as a live show and a three act theatrical performance.