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:

http://www.lexingtonfield.com/

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.

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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

 https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyoftheDamned

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:

http://www.blackshamrockalbum.com/:

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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

 

http://www.paddyrock.com/

Lexington Field: No Man’s War

No Man’s War is the third release by San Diego based Lexington Field in the space of about two years – a busy band for sure (and all that with a full US tour or two). Lexington Field is a case of quality and quantity. Self describe as American Fiddle Rock, Lexington Field bring together on top of a big rock’n’roll sound, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and folk and just a touch of punk to produce a very fine album with its own individual stamp in an often overcrowd field. Highlights for me among many include Rest of Our Days, The Chemical Worker’s Song and the mainstream friendly Dear Old Friend.

 

 

http://www.lexingtonfield.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lexingtonfield

The Best of 2012

The Best of 2012:

 

1 Joint) The Radiators From Space: Sound City Beat


Dublin ‘s original punks masterful tribute to the long forgotten beginnings of rock music in Ireland, 60’s beat and garage given a ’77 style kick up the arse. Not exactly Celtic punk but there wouldn’t be any Celtic punk with out these guys (or U2 but we won’t hold that against them) and main man Philip Chevron is a Pogue as is guest Terry Woods. Henry McCullough also guests (he of the guitar on Joe Cockers, A Little Help From My Friends, at Woodstock)

The Review

http://www.theradiators.tv/

https://www.facebook.com/radiatorsfromspace

 

1 Joint) The Mahones: Angels and Devils


21+ years on the go and The Mahones keep it alive and screaming and as authentic as fu#k. While the band may not as of yet have had the level of success of some of those who followed in their wake, Angels and Devils, puts to rest any doubt who the true masters of Celtic-punks are (and Finny can write a nice mushie love song as well)

The Review

http://www.themahones.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/TheMahones

 

2) The Langers Ball: The Devil or the Barrel

Gone from a two person bands from previous releases to a true contenders with drinking problems.

The Review.

http://thelangersball.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Langers-Ball/78209741933

 

3) Kilmaine Saints: Drunken Redemption

US Bagpipes’n’Punk rock at its finest.

http://www.kilmainesaints.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kilmaine-Saints/75779064682

 

4) Bill Grogan’s Goat: Second Wind

Detroit sludge meets Celtic, Danny Boy must be heard.

The Review

http://www.billgrogansgoat.com/

http://www.facebook.com/BillGrogansGoat

 

5) Greenland Whalefishers: Live At Farmer Phil’s Festival

The Norwegian masters live and raw and on vinyl too.

The Review

http://whalefishers.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/greenlandwhalefishers

The Next 5 in no particular order…

 

Jamie Clarke’s Perfect: Beatboys

Former Pogues (on the Pogue Mahone album) Paddy-punk meets rockabilly (Paddy’a’Billy?)

The Review

http://www.homeofperfect.de/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/jamie-clarkes-perfect/59023289857

 

Handsome Young Strangers: Here’s To The Thunder Lads

Colonial punk, the best new band outta Down Under in 2012

The Review

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Handsome-Young-Strangers/106393595011

 

Smokey Bastard: Tales From The Wasteland

Polished yet powerful – Celtic folk punk from the UK

The Review

http://smokeybastard.com/

https://www.facebook.com/smokeybastard

 

Nick Burbridge & Tim Cotterell: Gathered

Songwriting master from McDermotts Two Hours solo album – stipped down and scary

The Review

http://www.burbridgearts.org/

 

Compilation of the Year:

 

Paddy Rock Volume 4

What else could it be. Having do a few of these I take my hat off to Mr. Paddy Rock Bowels

The Review

http://www.paddyrock.com/

https://www.facebook.com/paddyrock

 

EP’ s worth a holler:

 

2012 was a great year for short releases and these are the best of ’em:

In no particular order:

 

Circle J: Diggers

The Review

http://www.circlej.nl/

 

Bastards On Parade: Shallow waters

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bastards-on-Parade/155586484502119

 

Auld Corn Brigade: Our Flag

The Review

http://www.auldcornbrigade.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Auld-Corn-Brigade/182653603306

 

Lexington Field: Poor Troubled Life

The Review

http://www.lexingtonfield.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lexingtonfield

 

Murder The Stout: 6 Track EP

 The Review

http://www.murderthestout.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Murder-the-Stout/10150123652740506

Sharks Come Cruisin – Hardtack

The Review

http://sharkscomecruising.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sharkscomecruisin

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#62 featuring the Kilmaine Saints

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#62 feature Drunken Redemption the new album from the Kilmaine Saints.

Kilmaine Saints – Haul Away Joe / Drunken Redemption
Kilmaine Saints – All For One / Drunken Redemption
Auld Corn Brigade – Our Flag / Our Flag EP
Lexington Field – Selfish Bastard / Poor Troubled Life
Across The Border – Soldier John / Folkpunk Airraid
Bodh’aktan – À boire / Au diable les remords
BibleCodeSumdays – Mary of the / Ghosts Of Our Past
The Mahones – Angel Without Wings Merry Christmas Baby / Angels & Devils
Bodh’aktan – Le medley du mal de pieds / Au diable les remords
Kilmaine Saints – Póg Mo Thóin / The Good The Plaid and The Ugly
The Wilde – I’m a man you don’ t meet everyday / Vote Now, Pay Later
Pat Chessell – Drunk In Exile
Kilmaine Saints – Go On Home British Soldiers / Drunken Redemption
Handsome Young Strangers – Jog Along Til Shearing / Single A
Handsome Young Strangers – Wild Rover Again / Single B
Faire D’Ophelia – Tides Of Sorrow

Lexington Field: Poor Troubled Life

Poor Troubled Life is the quick follow-up to last years “most excellent” ((c) Bill and Ted) debut full length release, OLD DIRT ROAD, and we continue down the old dirt road here on this EP – of course the Old Dirty is part boreen, part Route 66 and part moonshine trail. Not a bad track in sight but special shout out is given to the shout it out, Flogging Molly-ish, SELFISH BASTARD, the Irish traditional, GALWAY BAY, given the ol’ Celtic punk treatment and the Americana of the title track Poor Troubled Life, a song with really cross over potential.

 

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#52 – St. Patrick’s Day #1

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from us here at Shite’n’Onions. On podcast #52 we got plenty of standards both old and new.

Neck – Every Day’s St Patrick’s Day
Big Bad Bollocks – Guinness
The Gobshites – I Only Drink Stout
Blaggard – Bog Songs
Blood Or Whiskey – Follow Me up to Carlow-Holt’s Way
Lexington Field – Galway Bay
Circle J – Marry Mcqueen
The Rumjacks – I’ll Tell Me Ma!
Black 47 – Vinegar Hill
The Skels – Young Roddy McCorley -Kelly the Boy from Killan
The Porters – The Rising Of The Moon
Auld Corn Brigade – Sean South from Garryowen
Smokey Bastards – My Son John
The Mahones – Give It All Ya Got (Or Forget About It)
Fiddler’s Green – Highland Road
Nogoodnix – Muirsheen Durkin
The Mighty Regis – Paddy Don’t Live In Hollywood
Devil’s Advocates – The Ones Behind the Wire
Luke Kelly – A Nation Once Again

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Lexington Field: Old Dirty Road

Got this way back before the summer last year so I’m way late in reviewing so sorry guys! Lexington Road are from San Diego strangle enough – I would have guesses either Kentucky or Mass given the name. A very strong debut and very well produced – big rock with a punk energy and loads of fiddles that merge the rock with Celtic, Americana and country. You’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys soon….very soon as an EP is on the way and I’ll review it in haste this time.

 

http://www.lexingtonfield.com/