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.



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


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


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.


3) Kilmaine Saints: Drunken Redemption

US Bagpipes’n’Punk rock at its finest.


4) Bill Grogan’s Goat: Second Wind

Detroit sludge meets Celtic, Danny Boy must be heard.

The Review


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

The Norwegian masters live and raw and on vinyl too.

The Review

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


Handsome Young Strangers: Here’s To The Thunder Lads

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

The Review


Smokey Bastard: Tales From The Wasteland

Polished yet powerful – Celtic folk punk from the UK

The Review


Nick Burbridge & Tim Cotterell: Gathered

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

The Review


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


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


Bastards On Parade: Shallow waters


Auld Corn Brigade: Our Flag

The Review


Lexington Field: Poor Troubled Life

The Review


Murder The Stout: 6 Track EP

 The Review

Sharks Come Cruisin – Hardtack

The Review

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

Murder The Stout: 6 Track EP

I remember reviewing a Murder The Stout album a few years back – rock solid Scottish and Irish ballad standards. In subsequent years, Hugh Morrison the Scottish born, Texas based vocalist and accordion player has cropped up on various Street Dogs tracks adding a Celtic touch to their street punk as will as becoming a touring member of the group. Well here the Street Dogs return the favor with Street Dog Johnny Rioux listed as a full band member and Street Dog Mike McColgan’s Boston accent going toe to toe with Morrison’s Scottish.  The music still remains rooted in the Scottish/Irish ballad tradition but now with just a touch more punk’n’roll. Murder The Street Dog’s anyone?

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#48 Murder The Stout

Podcast #48 features the new EP from Texas based, Scottish fronted and street dogs supported MURDER THE STOUT.

Murder The Stout – Troosers – 6 Track EP

Murder The Stout – Leaving Of Liverpool – 6 Track EP

The Wakes – St Patricks Battalion – No Irish Need Apply

Jack Flash – Shearers Strike – Jack Flash

Murder The Stout – The Foggy Dew – 6 Track EP

Roaring Jack – Lads Of The BLF – The Complete Works

Mutiny – Digging For Gold – Mutiny

The Gobshites- Shane’s Dentist – Poitin

The Wages of Sin – Jolly Roger – Custom of the Sea

Hugh Morrison: Robert Burns Rocks

Hugh Morrison is a Scottish born, Texas based button accordion player and vocalist. Hugh is best know in these parts as a member of folk rockers, Murder the Stout. 

On Robert Burns Rocks, Hugh presents us with a collection of tradition Scottish ballads – heavy on the accordion with the gruff vocals of Hugh supported by both members of Murder the Stout and 
the guitar of Johnny Rioux of The Street Dogs (Hugh has played and toured with The Street Dogs). In summary,Robert Burns Rocks is a folk-rock kick up the arse to the Scottish ballad tradition from a pair of size 11 Doc Martins.