Sons of O’Flaherty: The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken is an impressive release from these Celtic son’s of France. The Road Not Taken is Sons of O’Flaherty first full length release following up on the band’s debut 5 track EP from a few years back. The Sons of O’Flaherty straddle the ground between the big boys of Celtic-punk, DropkIck Murphys and Flogging Molly. Closer to the Mollies then the Murphs but also reminiscent to the Swedish/Irish lads Sir Reg. Sons of O’Flaherty are tight, talented and a band to watch out for.

Personal favorites include “Saint or Sinner” and one of the best versions of “Fields of Athenry” I’ve ever heard.

Alternative Ulster: Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes & Beer

I remember reading a quote about the original line-up of Motorhead (Lemmy, Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox). It went something like “If this band moved in next door to you, your lawn would die”. This quote comes to mind as I listen to Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes & Beer the third full length by Kingston New York’s Alternative Ulster, however I’m thinking not only would your lawn die but your house would feckin fall down cos Alternative Ulster have bagpipes that go to 11.

Lexington Field: Redwood

0006390383_10CAs Lexington Field have a new mini album out – Redwood – and it’s a pretty cool idea, 7 re-recorded stripped down to the acoustic bones versions of previous Lexington Field fiddle-rock songs. Check it out the official stream here:

Sir Reg: Modern Day Disgrace – NEW ALBUM

Swedish/Irish Celtic-punks have a new album, Modern Day Disgrace, out on June 17th. Album release party is June 15 if your in Stockholm (

Sir Reg

1 – End of the Line
2 – Boys of St. Pauli
3 – Drinking Like a Dane
4 – Fake Hero
5 – All Saints’ Day
6 – Interlude
7 – The Wrong Bar
8 – Johnny
9 – Won’t Let You Cry
10 – Breaking Down All Borders
11 – Call It a Day

The Mahones in 2016

25 Years in the game and 2016 looks like it will be the Mahones busiest year too date with four (yeah frigging four) releases planned this year:-


The Mahones: 25 Years of Irish Punk (The Very Best) will be released in time for St. Patrick’s Day, 2016, just in time for their 25th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Invasion Tour. The Mahones will be recording brand new studio versions of your favourite Mahones punk classics, with their current (classic) lineup: Finny McConnell, Katie Kaboom, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan, Sean “Riot” Ryan, Michael O’Grady, Jonathan Moorman and Sean Winter.

The Mahones: 25 Years of Irish Folk (The Very Best) will be released in time for halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, September 17th, 2016, and will feature brand new acoustic studio versions of your favourite Mahones folk classics.

2016 will also see the release of The Mahones: The Hunger & The Fight (Deluxe Edition). This will feature the double concept album in one, full length CD, in it’s intended operatic (???) form.

Finally, due to very popular demand, they will finally be releasing The Mahones’ first ever album, Clear The Way, a cassette recorded back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. It includes bonus early recordings, recently found by Finny.

Also, a 25th Anniversary Pictorial History book will be released along with a documentary, and a live-in-concert DVD.


Wanted to give a shout out this 4th of July to Cowpunk originator Pete Berwick who has a new album, THE LEGEND OF TYLER DOOHAN, out now on Little Class Records.  If you haven’t heard Pete he’s part Chicago punk, part Nashville and all bad attitude.



Famous For Nothing: A Tribute To Dropkick Murphys

Take a Shot Records have just released “Famous For Nothing: A Tribute to Dropkick Murphys”, a charity compilation put together by Mike Franey (Take A Shot Records, The Scally Cap Brats) and Chris Arias (Blackthorn Billy). With the permission of Ken Casey and Dropkick Murphys, the compilation features 17 bands from a wide array of places such as the United States, Sweden, Australia, and Canada, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Murphy’s own charity, the Claddagh Fund.








The Black Shamrock: A Celtic Tribute to Johnny Cash

Wanted to give a shout out to the Grinning Beggar and his The Black Shamrock: A Celtic Tribute to Johnny Cash project. Mr Beggar is raising funds to produce the album and it looks like a great project. The final track list has just been announced.

Help make this happen with a small donation, more details can be found at:


1. Jason Bancroft & The Wealthy Beggars
– Man Comes Around

2. The Stubby Shillelaghs
– Folsom Prison Blues

3. Gerard Smith
– Mean Eyed Cat

4. Celtic Rebels Band
– Big River

5. Seamus Kennedy
– 40 Shades of Green

6. Lexington Field
– Hey Porter

7. The Bog Hoppers
– Jackson

8. The Dread Crew of Oddwood
– Man in Black

9. Bill Grogan’s Goat
– One Piece at a Time

10. Uncle Hamish and The Hooligans
– Give My Love To Rose

11. Brick Top Blaggers
– Cocaine Blues

12. Irish Nails
– Delia’s Gone

13. The Vulgar Deli
– Like a Soldier

14. The Humble Hooligans
– Rock Island Line

15. The Langers Ball
– God Is Gonna Cut You Down

16. Zeptepi
– Ain’t No Grave

17. Rovers Ahead
– She used to love me a lot

18. Keltic Cowboys
– It Ain’t Me Babe

19. James Bowen & The Merry Looters
– Wreck of The Old ‘97

20. Jay Wars and Friends
– The Highwayman

21. The Gobshites
– Beer Drinking Songs

22. McKintree Boys
– I Walk The Line

23. The Tosspints
– Redemption

24. Very Special Guests
– Hurt

The Tosspints give away track for St. Paddy’s Day

In celebration of St. Patricks day, The Tosspints are offering their new track “Pirates Life” for free via stream or download. This exclusive and previously unreleased track is an original song from the Michigan based Celtic-Punk trio, and is a sneak preview of their upcoming follow up record to last year’s “Have You Been Drinking?”. “It’s a really fun track, with a great little nautical story about two different guys paths into piracy.” Don Zuzula, guitarist and singer of the band said “We had such a great year in 2013, we wanted to thank our fans and friends with some free music”.

Download available through March 17!

The Tosspints’ style of music has been influenced by 3 lifetimes of living through the school of hard knocks, brought to bear from war, loss, degradation, and hard drinking. A band created entirely by a family who has had to make it through life the hard way and use their experience to create songs about the more distressed side of being human.

Made up of brothers Don Zuzula (guitar, vocals), a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and younger brother and Zak Zuzula (bass, vocals), a history teacher, along with drummer John Johnson, they draw from their world experience and working class upbringing in the rust belt city of Saginaw Michigan for their poetically dark yet uptempo songs.


Blood or Whiskey: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Press Release from Blood or Whiskey:

Celtic punks, Blood or Whiskey who hail from Kildare and Dublin launch their 4th album, ‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’, which drops on March 14th round it’s a self-financed and released album with no label involvement. Its a remarkably up-tempo sounding album considering it’s all about struggle (recession / war / ill health / emigration), with a matured sound and the addition of ska being clearly evident, although retaining their unique take on the celtic punk genre.

They have toured the US twice (once with Dropkick Murphy’s), toured Japan, have been around Europe literally countless times, toured with Stiff Little Fingers, have opened for legends like The Pogues (4 times), Manu Chao / Rancid / Misfits and have played the Reading & Leeds , Rebellion and Oxegen festivals. Memorably

Blood or Whiskey played the original CBGB’s in New York and even had Topper Headon (The Clash), join them on stage at a Canterbury show.

The album is available on iTunes and from Tower Records, Freebird and Spin Dizzy in Dublin or at their gigs from March 14th

FFO: The Dubliners / The Pogues / Dropkick Murphy’s / Flogging Molly & The Clash.

Renowned for their raucous shows, the re-energized band deliver their signature blend of

Celtic punk like their lives depended on it! Go see ….


Festivals and album launch dates:

17.03.14 Blood or Whiskey, St Patrick’s Festival, Lavery’s, Belfast

19.03.14 All Time Low, support, Olympia, Dublin

21.06.14 Romaember Against Racism Festival , At Alte Kaserne, Zurich

08.08.14 Boomtown Fair, Matterly Estate, England

09.08.14 Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England

Confirmed dates for the Shame The Devil tour:

03.04.14 – DE-Essen, Panic Room

04.04.14 – DE-Fürth, Kopf und Kragen

05.04.14 – DE-Waiblingen, Villa Roller

07.04.14 – CZ-Kladno, Auto Da Fé

08.04.14 – CZ-Teplice – 3ozak club

09.04.14 – AT-Vienna, Viper Room

10.04.14 – HR-Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar

11.04.14 – SI-Ravne na Koroškem, Kompleks

12.04.14 – IT-Bologna, Freakout Club

14.04.14 – CH-Zürich, Dynamo

15.04.14 – FR-Saint-Étienne, Thunderbird Lounge

16.04.14 – FR-Dijon, Les Tanneries

17.04.14 – DE-Mannheim, Kulturbrücken Jungbusch

19.04.14 – DE-Bonn, Kult 41