Best of 2018 Podcast

#1 The Peelers: Palace of the Fiend

Going Down Swingin’ (ft. Finny McConnell)

I’m Off to Kill the Devil

#2 Flogging Molly: Life is Good

The Hand Of John L Sullivan

The Guns Of Jericho

#3 Bill Grogan’s Goat: Third Eye

Ye Jacobites By Name

Paddy’s Dead

#4 The Trouble Pilgrims: Dark Shadows and Rust

Queen of Heartache

The Velvet Tongue

#5 The Tossers: Smash The Windows

Erin Go Bragh

The Foggy Dew

The Kilmaine Saints: Whiskey Blues and Faded Tattoos

Long Shot Nag

Black Anemone: In It For Life

Freedom and for all

Craic: Sounds of Vandemark


Jamie Clarke’s Perfect: Hell Hath No Fury

Back From Hell

The Templars of Doom: Bring Me the Head of John the Baptist

The Oliver Cromwell Twist

The Best Horslips Tribute released in 2017

Sword of Light


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)
The Bride Wore Black
Until We Meet Again

Whiskey of the Damned: Monsters are Real

Whiskey of the Damned are a Wisconsin based Celtic-punk outfit fronted by Irishman Eoin McCarthy. Not sure how an Irish man could end up in Wisconsin other than getting lost on the way to Chicago but Eoin’s bio has it that he has a long musical history staring playing at 9 with his farther Irish singer Finbar McCarthy and even getting guitar lessons along the line from Van Morrison – no mention of being lost though.


Now the first thing that strikes me about the Monsters are Real album is the band photo on the back, the band are in make-up, horror punk Misfits meets Alice Cooper make up. I’m not sure if Whiskey of the Damned are starting a new genre Celtic-Horror-Punk or if the face paint is just a play on the album name. Kind of hoping that it’s for real (though poking around the web I only see live pictures sans the grease paint).

It took me a few spins to start getting into Monsters are Real, initially I heard fast Celtic punk that reminds me of Flogging Molly meeting Lexington Field – fast and trashy but with a fiddle that says more Mid-West then West Cork. Then after those initial spins I notice something I should have picked up on the first spin that being the sheer power and quality of McCarthy’s voice, boy can this guy sing – power, clarity and passion like you wouldn’t believe. 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

A real monster of an album

Flogging Molly: Speed Of Darkness

There are two types of bands that have long, successful careers. The bands that stick to the basics and the same tried and true formula that keeps the punters happy and screaming for more of the same – AC/DC, The Ramones, Motorhead – you always know what your getting from these guys. Then there are the groups that can reinvent themselves, change direction and bring along the fan base – U2, Bowie and Costello. Its a brave thing to try and change and its  difficult to  successfully bring along the fan base – Kiss, The Rolling Stones and even The Pogues faltered and stumbled when they did something outside the expected. So when FM put out “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” as a teaser it was one of those “what the [email protected]” moments as the entire FM army scratched their head. No pints! No pirates!  More The Jam with a Celtic/industrial bent meets Billy Bragg and Michael Moore – the Detroit move must have really influenced Dave’s outlook on life.

So, what’s the rest of the album like – a mix of the newish stuff and stuff that would be more at home on Float or Within a Mile of Home. Unfortunately, if any of those oldish tracks did make it onto either of those album they wouldn’t be the memorable ones – and there lies the problem, good songs don’t just cut it for FM, they can’t be merely good and experimental, they need to be great (or have at least 3 great songs) and experimental to pull it off. They only get close once to great once on the track “Revolution”.

I’m going to give some of the benefit of the doubt to the use of new producer (Ryan Hewitt of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame) and blame him  for the newish tracks and the dulled sound and I’m gonna claim Speed…would have been so much better with Ted Hult or Steve Albin behind the glass.

Speed Of Darkness

In the end of the day Speed the Darkness is a good album with some brave ideas but not a great one and Flogging Molly needs to do great

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#42 featuring Flogging Molly

Podcast#42 features the brand spanking new release from Flogging Molly – Speed Of Darkness. We also have music from Dropkick Murphys (just for comparison purposes), Shane MacGowan doing Yeats, a couple of tracks from fellow Pogue Terry Murray – Sweeneys Men (from 1968) and The Woods Band (from 2001). Chicago’s The Tossers sing about, well, Chicago and we round things out with Brendan Behan the original Irish-punk.

Brendan Behan, 1923- 1964. Playwright, Gunman, Convict, Drinker and all round Hell raiser. The Auld Triangle was first performed in his play The Quare Fellow and he beacame the model and inspiration for The Pogues, The Tossers and Flogging Molly – the image and the attitude

Shane MacGowan – An Irish Airman Forsees His Death – Now and in time to be
Flogging Molly – Speed Of Darkness – Speed Of Darkness
Flogging Molly – Saints & Sinners – Speed Of Darkness
Dropkick Murphys – Memorial Day – Going Out In Style
The Woods Band – The Dublin Jack Of All Trades – Music from the 5 corners of Hell
The Tossers – Chicago – Purgatory
Flogging Molly – Revolution- Speed Of Darkness
Sweeney’s Men – Waxie’s Dargle – single a-side, 1968
Brendan Behan – Who Fears To Speak Of Easter Week

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Flogging Molly “Dont Shut ‘Em Down” – OFFICIAL VIDEO

Don’t Shut ‘Em Down is the first single to be taken from Flogging Molly’s forthcoming 6th studio album ‘Speed Of Darkness’ which will be release on 31 May 2011.

Not to sure about this track myself, sounds a bit like The Jam with fiddles and not so much Flogging Molly. Hope the rest of the album is more Flogging Molly sounding.

Flogging Molly: Limited edition 7″

Flogging Molly will be releasing a limited edition 7″ in honor of Record Store Day, this Saturday the 16th! The vinyl features “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” along with an exclusive acoustic version of “Saints and Sinners”, both off Speed of Darkness.

Flogging Molly Spring 2011 US and European tour dates

April 22 – Hasselt, Belgium – Groezrock Festival

April 27 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

April 28 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

May 4 – Colorado Springs, CO – City Auditorium

May 27 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory

May 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

May 29 – Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival

June 11 – Munster, Germany – Vainstream Festival

June 15 – Milan, Italy – Rock in Idro Festival