The best of 2014

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Running a little late with the list but whatever, great music doesn’t go stale. So without further adieu.

The top five:

#1 The Mahones: The Hunger & The Fight (Part 1)

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Twenty five years on and more tour miles driven then the rest of the entire Celtic-punk scene combined, The Mahones on The Hunger & The Fight still have the enthusiasm of a band in the studio for the first time (but thankfully the 25 years and many albums under their belt studio experience).

Read the full review here


#2 Whiskey of the Damned: Monsters are Real whiskey of the damned  

I’ll go out on a limb and say McCarthy has the finest voice in Celtic-punk (and that includes Dave King), maybe Van the Moan threw in a few vocal lessons to boot. Of course a good voice won’t do it alone, the band are tight as f#*k, loud and fast and the songs first class and while still fast and trashy

 

Read the full review here


 

#3 Blood or Whiskey: Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil bow

Pissed and angry but still a party. Its great to have’em back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#3 Kilkenny Knights: Brady’s Pub Tales download

Honestly not a bad song over the entire almost hour of music and more then a few that could wake the dead and induce them into jig.

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full review here


 

#5 (joint) Black 47: Last Call

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Black 47 hung up their green suede shoes in November, 2014 after 25 years of hard jigging and gigging. Two albums were released in 2014; Last Call, their final original album, full of fresh and originals ideas and, Rise Up – The Political Songs, a collection of, well, political songs as a reminder of how good this band was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise Up – Read the full review here

Last Call – Read the full review here


 

The best of the rest (in no particular order):


 

The Pourmen: Too Old to Die Young

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Read the full review here


 

Finnegan’s Hell: Drunk, Sick And Blue

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Read the full review here


 

Craic: Amongst the Mischief and Malarkey

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Read the full review here


 

Wages of Sin: Queensbury Rules

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Read the full review here


 

Bastard Bearded Irishmen: Rise of the Bastard

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Read full review here


 

The Biblecode Sundays: Live Near Abbey Road (Park Royal)

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Read full review here


 

Bodh’aktan: Against Winds and Tides

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Read full review here


 

Best of ballads and folk:


 

Irish Whispa: Irish Whispa

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Read full review here


 

The Canny Brothers Band: The Guinness Situation

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Read full review here


 

Hugh Morrison: Scotland is Free

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Read the full review here


 

The Fenian Sons: 617

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Read the full review here


Punk rock shout out


The Hex Bombs: Everything Earned

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Read full review here 


 

DVD:


 

 

Greenland Whalefishers: 20 Years Of Waiting (DVD)

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 Read full review here


 

And a very special shout out.

Radiators from Space: Sound City Beat

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Finnegan’s Hell: Drunk, Sick And Blue

Poor ‘ol Tim Finnegan, fell off that ladder and broke his head, work up in a pine box at his own wake, but not this time on Watling Street and who ever spilt that whiskey on him wasn’t one of his nearest and dearest but a hairy looking Swede surrounded by equally mean looking Swedes. Tim Finnegan has found himself in Finnegan’s Hell and it’s Drunk, Sick And Blue.

Finnegan’s Hell are a Celtic-punk band from Sweden who have no pretense of being anything but a Celtic-punk band, they specialize in fast and raw punk sing-a-longs with a great sense of Celtic melody. Reminiscent of fellow Scandinavian’s Greenland Whalefishers and Sir Reg and to my well trained ears, New Jersey legends, The Skels.

There are lots of highlights on Drunk, Sick and Blue – The Finnegan’s ode to good child raising, Jar of Porter; the covers of Galway Races and The Molly Maguires and not to forget their ditty to benefits of drinking hard, Reverse Evolution.

A very fine, first full length, check’em out, you won’t be disappointed.

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