The best of 2014


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)


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).

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#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


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#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.






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#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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Finnegan’s Hell: Drunk, Sick And Blue









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Craic: Amongst the Mischief and Malarkey


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Wages of Sin: Queensbury Rules









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Bastard Bearded Irishmen: Rise of the Bastard









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









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Bodh’aktan: Against Winds and Tides









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Best of ballads and folk:


Irish Whispa: Irish Whispa









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The Canny Brothers Band: The Guinness Situation









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Hugh Morrison: Scotland is Free










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The Fenian Sons: 617

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Punk rock shout out

The Hex Bombs: Everything Earned










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Greenland Whalefishers: 20 Years Of Waiting (DVD)












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And a very special shout out.

Radiators from Space: Sound City Beat


Hugh Morrison: Scotland is Free

If the Scottish independence movement had half the enthusiasm of exiled Scot, Hugh Morrison, then the upcoming vote for independence would be a shoe in right now. As we stand a week or so out from the vote its about 50/50 (and I predict a no vote as the pro-union side will hammer home on the economic cost of Scottish independence and fear of economic hardship, though if they continue to say stooopid stuff about needing a passport to enter England and anti-Scots sentiments continue to run in the press this could be a divorce and a nasty one).

If you’re not familiar with Hugh, when he’s not being a pro-independence balladeer he is the front man of Texas based Celtic-rock outfit MURDER THE STOUT and an auxiliary STREET DOG who adds Celtic instrumentation to both their tours and albums.

Scotland is Free is twelve tracks of Celtic-folk-rock, 5.5 tracks original and 5.5 tracks traditional and a cover of Alistair Hulett ‘s master piece, Among Proddy Dogs And Papes.

Highlights include:

Scotland is Free, a call for Scottish independence, Irish unity and Welsh freedom – Crap! If that happens who will run England and keep’em under check.

The a fore mentioned , Among Proddy Dogs And Papes, 300 years of internal Scottish conflict condensed into a 3 minute musical master piece. Honestly you can get more insight into Scotland in this song then if you took an degree course in Scottish studies – what did Bruce Springsteen say about learning more from a three minute record then you could ever learn in school

Fair Flower of Northumberland, a traditional number from the Scottish boarders a’bout an outlaw who elopes with the local lords daughter and escapes a hanging.

Willie’s Gone To Melville Castle,  another traditional Scottish track made famous by The Corries (Scotland’s Clancy Brothers) with a familiar melody that some of you may recognized from Mr MacGowans work.

A fine collection indeed and no matter what way the vote goes we’ll still have this very fine collection of Scots folk and folk-rock.



Shite’n’Onions Podcast#49 Robbie Burns

In tribute to the great Scottish poet on his night and since I did buy a haggis off a man in a subway station once here is the Robbie Burns Podcast.

Where hae ye been sae braw, lad?
Whare hae ye been sae brankie, O?
Whare hae ye been sae braw, lad?
Cam ye by Killiecrankie, O?

Chorus.-An ye had been whare I hae been,
Ye wad na been sae cantie, O;
An ye had seen what I hae seen,
I’ the Braes o’ Killiecrankie, O.

I faught at land, I faught at sea,
At hame I faught my Auntie, O;
But I met the devil an’ Dundee,
On the Braes o’ Killiecrankie, O.
An ye had been, &c.

The bauld Pitcur fell in a furr,
An’ Clavers gat a clankie, O;
Or I had fed an Athole gled,
On the Braes o’ Killiecrankie, O.
An ye had been, &c.

The Real McKenzies – Auld lang sync – Clash of The Tartans

The Electrics – Killiecranked Up -SnO V1

The Real McKenzies – Scots Wha hae – Clash of The Tartans

Murder The Stout – Troosers – EP

Prydein – Stairway To Scotland – Loud Pipes

Roaring Jack – The Bonny Wee Well -Through The Smoke Of Innocence

The Electrics – Caledonia – Old New Borrowed & Green

Hugh Morrison – Ye Jacobites By Name – Robert Burns Rocks

Junkman’s Choir – Sawney Bean – The Junkmans Call

The Electrics – A Man’s A Man For A That – Old New Borrowed & Green

Hugh Morrison – Farewell To The Highlands – Robert Burns Rocks

The Crofters – Scotland The Brave – Hold My Beer While I Kiss Your Girlfriend

Hugh Morrison – Auld Lang Syne – Robert Burns Rocks

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#37 featuring Horslips and Ceann

Horslips – King Of The Fairies – Live @ the O2

Warblefly – Warblefly In My Beer – Tenerife To Dover

Hugh Morrison – Farewell To The Highlands – Robert Burns Rocks

Horslips – The Man Who Built America – Live @ the O2

Black 47 – San Patricio Brigade (with Eileen Ivers) – New York Town

The Steam Pig – The Wise Old Men On Dominic Street – Deep Fried Obedience

The Gobshites – Somebody put something in my drink – Another Round

Ceann – Last Ones Standing – Keep Your Pants On

Horslips – Mad Pat – Live @ the O2

Horslips – Dearg Doom – Live @ the O2

Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers – One Day in May – Don’t Count Me Out

Ceann – Monahan The Mutineer – Keep Your Pants On

The Narrpwbacks – The Confessional – Demo

Podcast 37 features the new live CD from Horslips, Live @ the O2, recorded at the triumphal re-union show at Dublins O2 arena. We also included a few tracks from Ceann as a tribute to the recently passed fron man Patrick Halloran.

The podcast is available through iTunes or below: