Shite’n’Onions Celtic-punk podcast 114


Track – Band – Album

Destitution Road (Roaring Jack) – Mickey Rickshaw – Behind The Eight Ball

Coming Home – Handsome Young Strangers – The Bleeding Bridge

Home In Song – Mickey Rickshaw – Home In Song

Martyrs of the Lower Middle Class – The Killigans – Honor

Over – Greenland Whalefishers – Based on a True Story

Rats In Allston – Mickey Rickshaw – Behind The Eight Ball

Salutations, Memoirs, Denouements – Bastard Bearded Irishmen – Drinkin’ To The Dead

Seldom Sober – Medusa’s Wake – Rascal’s and Rogues

Templars Rise From The Crypt – The Templars of Doom – Hovels Of The Holy

Dacia – Mickey Rickshaw – Home in Song

No Problems, No Drama – Bastard Bearded Irishmen – Drinkin’ To The Dead

Joe’s Town – Greenland Whalefishers – Based on a True Story

Chinese Rock – The Templars of Doom – Hovels Of The Holy

Slow Motion Suicide – Ferocious Dog – Live At Rock City

We Are Fearless – Lexington Field – Modern Times

Shite’n’Onions Best Of 2018

The only list that matters, Shite’n’Onions best of 2018, and no, we are not late, Shite’n’Onions year runs March 18th to March 17th

The Top 5

#1 McDermott’s 2 Hours Vs. Levellers & Oysterband: Besieged

Officially this is a 2019 release but I’ve had a copy since 2017. Besieged is an album I keep going back to play

#2 The Rumjacks: Saints Preserve Us

#3 Sir Reg: The Underdogs

#4 The Mahones: Love + Death + Redemption

#5 Ferocious Dog: Red

The Best Of The Rest:

BibleCodeSundays: Walk Like Kings

The Langer’s Ball: Hard Time In The Country

Sons of O’Flaherty: The Road Not Taken

Finnegan’s Hell: Life and Death

The Muckers: One More Stout

Best newcomer you need to watch out for:

James McGrath: Live at the Shed

Best album to piss off the neighbors and kill their lawn:

Alternative Ulster: Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes & Beer

Best EP

The Bottlers: EP

Most exquisitely good vinyl release

Sharks Come Cruisin’: When I get home from across the sea

Most ambitious release

Gary Miller: Mad Martins

New Podcast

McDermott’s 2 Hours – The Damned Man’s Polka – Besieged
Sons of O’Flaherty – Dead and Gone – A Road Not Taken
Sir Reg – Conor McGregor – The Underdogs
Matilda’s Scoundrels – Godforsaken Sea – As The Tide Turns
Greenland Whalefishers – Joe’s Town – Based on a True Story
The Muckers – Let’s All Go To The Bar – One More Stout
Alternative Ulster – No Queen, No Crown – Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes and Beer
Brick Top Blaggers – On the Mend – The Fury
The Templars of Doom – H-Block Escape – Hovels of The Holy
Greenland Whalefishers – The Party – Based on a True Story
The Rumjacks – Bus Floor Bottles – Saints Preserve Us
The Rumjacks – An poc ar buile – Saints Preserve Us
Blaggard – Slapper’s Medley – Standards
The Killigans – Hey Sergio – Strong of Heart
Alternative Ulster – Sail Home British Soldiers – Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes and Beer
The Templars of Doom – Roddy McCorely – Hovels of The Holy
The Muckers – God Save Ireland – One More Stout
McDermott’s 2 Hours – Firebird – Besieged
McDermott’s 2 Hours – The Warrior Monk – Besieged
Lexington Field – Tracy Boys Know How to Party – Modern Times
Sir Reg – Stereotypical Drunken Feckin’ Irish Song – The Underdogs
Pat Chessell – The Mother-in-Law – I Confess
The Rumjacks – Cupcakes – Saints Preserve Us
The Langer’s Ball – I’ll Tell Me Ma – Hard Time in the Country
Boiled In Lead – Jolly Tinker – Silver
Rusty Nail – The Magician – Bitter Ale, Bitter Heart
The Mighty Regis – Real Deal Irish – County Sligo
Catgut Mary – Paddy’s Lament – The Mahones Vs Catgut Mary
The Narrowbacks – Rising Of The Moon – The After Hours EP
The Tossers – Johnny McGuire’s Wake – Emerald City
Black 47 – Green Suede Shoes – Green Suede Shoes
The Mahones – Streets of New York – The Very Best
The Gobshites – Cheers – Poitin
Neck – Loud’n’Proud’n’Bold – Necked (A Few Odds From The Oul’ Sods!)
Bill Grogan’s Goat – Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore – Second Wind
Chris Skel and the Original Sins – Once Upon a Time – How Many Nails Does a Coffin Need
1916 – Hot Asphalt – Last Call For Heros
Shilelagh Law – And Then We Drink – Auld School
The Mahones – The Hunger & The Fight -The Hunger & The Fight
BibleCodeSundays – Willie Redmond’s Volunteers – Walk Like Kings
The Langer’s Ball – 1916 – Hard Time in the Country

The Rumjacks: Saints Preserve Us

Saints Preserve Us

Saints Preserve Us is another balls bustingly good album from The Rumjacks. Classic Clash meets the Dubliners – fast and punky with a slight reggae undertone while downing pints with Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew on a Friday night in O’Donoghue’s.  Frankie McLaughlin’s lyrics are as sharp as ever – “though its been eight generations since we’ve kissed Erin’s shores, my bloods greener then yours”. I love the cover of the traditional, “An Poc Ar Buile”, sung (or snarled) in gaelic. Saints Preserve Us continues to prove that The Rumjacks are one of the premier Celtic-punk bands – but you knew that already.


Sir Reg: The Underdogs

Wow is this really the sixth album from Sweden’s Sir Reg? They still seem like the spunky new guys on the block. Maybe it’s because they are still hammering out Celtic-punk at a neck-breaking speed with no sign of slowing down or ‘maturing’, just playing like that proverbial underdog’s bollox. The Underdogs is all everything we know and love Sir Reg for; the aforementioned fast as feck yet melodic Celtic-punk but also a lyrical wit so shape it could kick the eye out of a maggot that only a true Dub could produce.

The Langer’s Ball: Hard Time In The Country

Hard Time In The Country is a return to early form for The Langer’s Ball after the full band excursions of their most recent releases. Like the first couple of releases by TLB, Hard Time In The Country is a guy (Michael Strum) and girl (Hannah Rediske) acoustic duo doing contemporary interpretations of Irish folk, Americana, protest folk and Motorhead (really!).

Hard Time In The Country is a richly and beautifully performed album where each song seems to effortlessly gel together whether it’s a Billy Bragg cover (Constitution Hill), or an original (Hoist Your Cup High), or a traditional standard (Parting Glass) or even Motorhead’s 1916 (which really, really works a folk song)

The Mahones: Love + Death + Redemption

Love + Death + Redemption

LDR is a testament to the unrelenting spirit of Finny McConnell and The Mahones. Life sucks at times – health fails, relationships end, loved ones die, and all you can do is pick yourself up and keep going. Though sometimes moving forward involves revisiting the past as The Mahones have musically done on  Love + Death + Redemption , moving back towards the classic Mahones sound of the mid 2000s and before i.e. not as punky as as The Hunger and The Fight (though stuff like, Win Some, Lose Some, show the Mahones can still pogo with the best of ‘em). Love + Death + Redemption is is the Mahones moving forward and hey it’s gonna be alright.

Pete Berwick: Island

Pete Berwick: Island

I’ve been a long time fan of Chicago’s (and formally Nashville’s) Pete Berwick’s bad attitude and cheap beer cowpunk. Island, Berwick’s sixth full length solo album in an almost 40 year career, backed by The Mugshot Saints, to these ears sounds like Pete has mellowed a wee bit. The Island is less cowpunk and more traditional outlaw country – Cash, Jennings and Haggard or even Steve Earle. While Pete’s previous albums could be described as the musical equivalent of a brawl at some rundown rural roadhouse, Island is more the older guy sitting on the porch, drinking that cheap beer and reminiscing of a life well live and battles well fought with not a single damn regret.

Sir Reg: Arlington Arts Centre, Berkshire, England

The Arlington Arts centre is in the wilds of rural Berkshire, southern England. Not the most easily accessible of venues but one with great sound, lovely staff and one that isn’t shy of booking eclectic bands. Tonight was no exception; the Neil Brophy Band and Sweden’s finest, Sir Reg- both on the final night of their 11 date UK tour.

We’d taken our eleven year old son. He’s a veteran of the Celtic music scene for one so young; having seen Dropkick Murphys at Brixton Academy, Christy Moore, Tidelines and Ferocious Dog as well as having the Biblecode Sundays and the Lagan play in his living room! I mention this because he hates support acts. Hates ‘em. Just wants them to go away so the main act can hit the stage. He made an exception for the Neil Brophy Band who opened with Nice to Know, a tale of an emigre English troubadour returning to his home town after years abroad. Other stand outs from this Copenhagen based band included tales of Viking ghost ships, London boozers and the joys of being a musical gypsy. Drums, bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo, whistles and pipes all made for a full sound married to catchy lyrics and infectious enthusiasm. A great opening act and one which we will try to catch in the future. Their new album, True Stories is definitely worth seeking out.

Sir Reg hit the stage with their trademark high energy- a full-on Celtic punk assault which might have un-nerved some of the more folksy patrons of Arlington Arts. But you can’t not love Sir Reg. Sing along choruses, a perfect mix of fast punky tunes like new track The Underdogs sitting alongside quiet, slower more heartfelt numbers such as the brilliant All Saints Day. It’s always interesting to see a band who have a new album to promote as sometimes the gig can be a load of songs with which the audience are unfamiliar. Sir Reg got the balance right. New tracks were given an airing, like instrumental Cairbre, an ode to the MGN lion but older tracks like Emigrate were also thrown into the mix. The band were also very tolerant of fans like us shouting song requests at them- a request that resulted in a spirited rendition of Drinking like a Dane. They even managed to get the crowd singing along to The Wrong Bar- their brilliant cautionary tale of being so smashed that you confuse a church for a pub that saw Sir Reg joined on stage by the Neil Brophy band.

All in all, a top night. Great songs from two great bands. Looking forward to seeing them both again in the near future.

Neil Bates

October 2018

Shite’n’Onions podcast 112

Big Bad Bollocks – Big Bad Bollocks (Night On The Tiles)

Sons of O’Flaherty – Dead and Gone (The Road Not Taken)

The Muckers – Let’s All Go To The Bar (One More Stout)

1916 – Tear the Pub Down (Last Call For Heros)

Catgut Mary – Melbourne Tram Song (The Mahones Vs Catgut Mary)

Hudson Falcons – Monahan’s (Desperation and Revolution)

The Rumjacks – Les Darcy (Sleepin’ Rough)

Bleeding Hearts – The Devil’s Mosh (‘The Rules of Division)

The Pourmen – Whaling City (Too Old To Die Young)

Matilda’s Scoundrels – Burn It Down (As The Tide Turns)

James McGrath – Race To The Bottom (Live At The Shed)