Shite’n’Onions Best Of 2018

The only list that matters, Shite’n’Onions best of 2018, and no, we are not late, Shite’n’Onions year runs March 18th to March 17th

The Top 5

#1 McDermott’s 2 Hours Vs. Levellers & Oysterband: Besieged

Officially this is a 2019 release but I’ve had a copy since 2017. Besieged is an album I keep going back to play

#2 The Rumjacks: Saints Preserve Us

#3 Sir Reg: The Underdogs

#4 The Mahones: Love + Death + Redemption

#5 Ferocious Dog: Red

The Best Of The Rest:

BibleCodeSundays: Walk Like Kings

The Langer’s Ball: Hard Time In The Country

Sons of O’Flaherty: The Road Not Taken

Finnegan’s Hell: Life and Death

The Muckers: One More Stout

Best newcomer you need to watch out for:

James McGrath: Live at the Shed

Best album to piss off the neighbors and kill their lawn:

Alternative Ulster: Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes & Beer

Best EP

The Bottlers: EP

Most exquisitely good vinyl release

Sharks Come Cruisin’: When I get home from across the sea

Most ambitious release

Gary Miller: Mad Martins

The Langer’s Ball: Hard Time In The Country

Hard Time In The Country is a return to early form for The Langer’s Ball after the full band excursions of their most recent releases. Like the first couple of releases by TLB, Hard Time In The Country is a guy (Michael Strum) and girl (Hannah Rediske) acoustic duo doing contemporary interpretations of Irish folk, Americana, protest folk and Motorhead (really!).

Hard Time In The Country is a richly and beautifully performed album where each song seems to effortlessly gel together whether it’s a Billy Bragg cover (Constitution Hill), or an original (Hoist Your Cup High), or a traditional standard (Parting Glass) or even Motorhead’s 1916 (which really, really works a folk song)

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https://www.thelangersball.com

Best of 2016: Podcast

#1 The Rumjacks: Sleepin’ Rough

Les Darcy

Kathleen

#2 The Go Set: Rolling Sound

Bones

Rolling Sound

#3 The Langer’s Ball: Whiskey Outlaws

Sword of Light

Whiskey Outlaws

#4 The Gobshites: The Whistle Before the Snap

Shane’s Dentist

Somebody Put Something

#5 Sir Reg: Modern Day Disgrace

Cranky George: Fat Lot of Good

Tunnel of Love

Sisters of Murphy: Working Stiffs Unite

Jack Haggerty

Bodh’aktan: Bodh’aktan

Besoin d’air

Bunch of Bastards: My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done

Sing with us Bastards

Mischief Brew: Bacchanal’n’Philadelphia

Every Town Will Celebrate

The Mahones – The Very Best: 25 Years of Irish Punk

Give It All Ya Got (2016)

The Winter Codes: Too Cool To Dance EP

Friend in Tullamore

Alternative Ulster: Rebellion

Riot in the Rondout

The Muckers: The Muckers

Eddie Conners

The Best of 2016

A little late but worth the wait…..and remember it’s not late till March 18th.

The Top Five:

#1 The Rumjacks: Sleepin’ Rough

#2 The Go Set: Rolling Sound

#3 The Langer’s Ball: Whiskey Outlaws

#4 The Gobshites: The Whistle Before the Snap

#5 Sir Reg: Modern Day Disgrace

The Best of the Rest (in no particular order):

Cranky George: Fat Lot of Good

Sisters of Murphy: Working Stiffs Unite

Bunch of Bastards: My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done

Bodh’aktan: Bodh’aktan

Mischief Brew: Bacchanal’n’Philadelphia

Special Shout Out to:

The Mahones – The Very Best: 25 Years of Irish Punk

The Winter Codes: Too Cool To Dance EP

New Kids on the Block:

Alternative Ulster: Rebellion

The Muckers: The Muckers

Shite’n’Onions presents………The Poxmen of The Horslypse…..a tribute to Horslips

As some wag pointed out The Poxmen of The Horslypse was longer in the can then Guns’n’Roses’ Chinese Democracy but unlike Chinese Democracy this was worth the wait.

For those unfamiliar with the saga, The Poxmen of The Horslypse is a vinyl only tribute to legendary velvet loon pants wearing original Celtic-rockers, Horslips, the first band to successfully merge traditional influences with rock.

Track listing / Contributions:

1. Sword of Light – The Langer’s Ball
2. Dearg Doom – Bill Grogan’s Goat
3. The Shamrock Shore – The Mahones
4. Warm Sweet Breath of Love – Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers)
5. Fantasia (My Lagan Love) – Mark Cunningham (The Marshmen)
6. The Lady Wrestler – The Radiators from Space (Phil Chevron / The Pogues)
7. Trouble (With a Capital T) – The Indulgers
8. Speed the Plough – Dun Ringles
9. Come Back Beatles – The Teraways
10. Ferdia’s Song – Gerard Smith
11. The Man Who Built America – The Gobshites (with Richie Ramone)
12. New York Wakes – The Larkin Brigade

 

The LP with bonus 7″ and download card is available from Bandcamp and CDbaby.

 

 

The Langer’s Ball: Whiskey Outlaws

Langers BallWanted to give a big shout out to Minnesota’s The Langer’s Ball who have just released a very fine album in Whiskey Outlaws. The Langar’s Ball have come a long ways since their early guy and girl duo beginnings, now a five piece, The Langer’s Ball are ready to take on the Celt-punk establishment. Like I said, Whiskey Outlaws is a very fine album with the obvious influences of The Pogues and Flogging Molly but also the gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello or the Zydepunks and even Tom Waits. Traditional yet quirky as hell – check out Whiskey Outlaws – it won’t disappoint.

http://www.thelangersball.com/
https://www.facebook.com/langers.ball/

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

 

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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#63 A Christmas Celtic-punk Sojourn

Merry Christmas from Shite’n’Onions!

The Gobshites – Sorry Mom (I spent your Christmas Present Money On Beer)
The Mahones – Angel Without Wings _ Merry Christmas Baby
The Langers Ball – A Christmas Lullaby
JD & The Longfellows – The Sermon Xmas mix
The Gobshites – Christmas In Killarney
The Langers Ball – Auld Lang Syne
BibleCodeSundays – Christmas in London
The Gobshites – Christmas Eve In The Boozer
Monsterpop/JimmyD – Little Drummer Boy

The Langers Ball: The Devil or the Barrel

Devil or the Barrel showcases The Langers Ball mark (iii). Originally a two person due of Michael and Hannah the MN based Langers Ball released two fine Celtic-rock albums SHIPS ARE SAILING and AND AS I ROVED OUT then expanded to a full band for the live DRUNK, SICK, TIRED. The Langers then reverted back to mark (i) briefly before expanding back to a full 5 piece and picking some very fine musicians in the process including Mr. Drew Miller of BOLIED IN LEAD fame (and the Omnium record label that release the two Shite’n’Onions comps). The sound is certainly beefed up on THE DEVIL OR THE BARREL yet stays true to the original sound of the duo – high energy Celtic folk rock meets Americana – though if they consume the whiskey like the way the sing about it I fear the next Kickstarter project these guys run will be to pay for five liver transplants.

 

 

Favorite tracks:

Whiskey Chaser (’bout whiskey)
Rye Whiskey (also ’bout whiskey)
Mackey’s Daughter (about drinking whiskey for the confidence)
One More (wonder what that is about)
Wild Rover Polka – you know the song but this takes the classic Irish-American tune and drive it straight through a German-America beer hall.

http://thelangersball.com/