Shite’n’Onions Podcast#68

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#68 – We’ll take a break from our history of Ireland series with this podcast and spin some tracks from recently received CDs and a few of old ones.

Blood Or Whiskey – Frank
A great track from the bands 2nd album – No Time to Explain. Don’t know who Frank is and I don’t fancy finding out.

The Authority!-If I Should Fall From Grace With God
From the Scene Kill 2 compilation. Know nothing about these guys but it’s a killer street punk cover of The Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Charm City Saints – Dicey Riley
From the bands debut full length – Hooligans & Saints. Fist pumping, Punk’n’Pipes from the mean streets of Baltimore.

Nogoodnix – Untimely Blessings
From 2001’s Pub Punks United. The band only made one album but if you can track it down its worth the effort and the $$$

JackDaw – Hogjaw
Another great band that is no more – AC/DC meets Celtic punk from the mean and cold streets of Buffalo.

The Mahones – The Amsterdam Song
Finny’s tribute to Amsterdam. The Mahones will be around for ever…..God willing.

Circle J – Molly Maguires
From a couple of year back from Amsterdam’s Circle J, we have a tribute to the Irish miners of the 1800 who didn’t take any shit from the bosses. The album is Weekend Warriors

Handsome Young Strangers – Jog Along Til Shearing
From the HYS’s new EP. Don’t know what it is the put in the water or is it the Fosters but I’ve never heard a bad band from Auss and that goes for Handsome Young Strangers. 100% Aussie.

In Search Of A Rose – Shamrocknroll
German Celtic-folk-punk. Familiar melody? I’ll let you tell me.

Gerard Smith – Cruiscin Lan
Per-Bill Grogans Goat from Gerard Smith. The loudest player in Celtic rock.

Uncle Hamish & The Hooligans – Fanfare (For The Common Scotsman)
John Bowles described them as “sticking Genesis and Enter The Haggis in a blender and adding a extra pinch of The Sandcarvers”. I’d be happy just to put Phil Collins in a blender (feet first of course just to watch the expression on his face)

Prydein – Devil’s In the Kitchen
From the mean streets of Vermont (if there are streets there)

The Krusty Moores – Highwayman
German based / Irish fronted and Moores rhymes with Whor….

Black Friday – Mason Apron & Drowsy Maggy
From Cornwall, the only band we’ve ever featured that is in the Guinness Book of World Records. Everyone else is just in the Guinness.

Blackwater Jukebox – Carousel
“– sourced from a Carpathian Romani wedding anthem known as “Janissary Hora.” Based on an Ottoman fanfare popular amongst dervishes and death squads.”

The Bog Hoppers – Die Hard
From Seattle and not a plaid shirt in sight (or shite). From the album TOP SHELF

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#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

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

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#61

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#61: Featuring the best of Celtic and folk punk. We have new music from The Mahones and Tomfooligans as well as some deep dives into the Shite’n’Onions vault with classics from Blood Or Whiskey and Neck plus the best of the latest releases.We also have a very unusual cover and to protect the guilty the name of the band is to be withheld.
Surfin’ Turnips – Scrumpy Swillin Time Again
The Mahones – Angels & Devils
Handsome Young Strangers – Augathela Station
Tomfooligans – McGregor’s Pipes
Blood Or Whiskey – Your Majesty
Bastards on Parade – St Patrick’s Day
The Langer’s Ball – Mackey’s Daughter
The Gobshites – Guinness Boys
The Dreadnoughts – Grace O’Malley
The Fighting Jamesons – Johnny On The Island
Siobhan – Jakey’s Gone To Germany
Across The Border – Soldier John
Auld Corn Brigade – A Mother’s Heart
Bodh’aktan – La ballade de Jonathan Lewis
Charm City Saints – Dicey Riley
The Mighty Regis – Real Deal Irish
Neck – A Fistful Of Shamrock
Not Revealed – to protect the guilty

Shite’n’Onions Podcast #60

Shite’n’Onions Podcast#60 feature the new album from Vermont based Bagpipes’n’Roll PRYDEIN

Artist – Song – Album

The Mahones – Shakespeare Road – Angels & Devils
Prydein – Devil’s In the Kitchen – Heads Up
Prydein – Centerfold – Heads Up
The Mickey Finn – McGuinness’ Mass – Prayers and Idle Chatter
In Search Of A Rose – Shamrocknroll – Reels & Roses Live
Jackdaw – Hogjaw (Live) – Brilliant, Sad, And Guilty
Auld Corn Brigade – Our Flag – Our Flag
Bodh’aktan – Les 3 capitaines – Bodh’aktan
The Krusty Moores – Face Like Death – A Stumbel In The Right Direction
Doug Folkins – King Henry’s Good Times – Another Last Call
Sir Reg – Bolloxology – A Sign of the Times
Rusty Nail – Damned Violent Things – Boozers, Bastards and Bards
The Go Set – Macpherson’s Rant – Another Round In Melbourne Town (Live)
Prydein – Whisky You’re the Devil – Heads Up
Prydein – Stairway To Scotland – Loud Pipes ( Saves Lives)

The Mahones: Angels and Devils

I Just spent about 24 hours with ANGELS AND DEVILS the new album from THE MAHONES. On a first listen it’s obvious that the album continues on in the hard edged Celtic Punk direction of The Black Irish though the sound on ANGELS AND DEVILS is just huge; a reflection of time and money spent in Montreal’s best studio. The other thing I immediately noticed is the big dirty guitars with my mind immediately jumping to The Replacements and Husker Du.

The easiest way for me to do a review is a track-by-track summary, so here yah go………

Shakespeare Road – A big sounding autobiographical Celtic punk epic about Finny’s time living in a London squat and playing in a punk band back in the 80’s with his infamous cousin Rory. While the screen doors ain’t flapping in the wind on Shakespeare Road they would be if the doors hadn’t been kicked in and the windows smashed.

Angel and Devils, the title track (obviously) is an in your face Celtic punk rocker with some familiar Mahones melodies; a tribute to the scene.

Spanish Lady, a hyper kinetic cover of the Irish standard. Finny’s growling voices duels with the Murphy’s helium sucking Ken Casey. I believe this is the 1st time Ken has guested on anyone elses album.

Medley : Cruel Of Turf / The Pigeon On The Gate / The Battle Of Aughrim – a Celtic punk instrumental that sounds like The Chieftains broke into the Brixton squat on Shakespeare Road, sniffed some glue and started playing – maniac.

Angel Without Wings / Merry Christmas Baby – A big sounding ballad sort of Fairy tale Of New York meets Girl With Galway Eyes/Little Bit Of Love. Great track but not sure if it works in the album’s running order.

The Waiting picks up the pace again. A strong sing along with a SLF feel which maybe is because SLFs Jake Burns guests on guitars.

The King Of Copenhagen, now we’re sucking diesel and The Mahones are ripping up a storm up and down the Autobahns.

Past The Pint Of Now Return is fast, punkie and fokie with The Mahones re-live the high jinks – scratch that – drunk debauchery of their recent German tour and at the mention of the Dropkick Murphys a voice familiar from Spanish Lady jumps in to honor the ghost of Brendan Bean.

Medley : The Connaught Man’s Rambles / Christmas Eve Reels / Johnny’s On Fire – the fecking Chieftains ain’t moving and its 4 in the morning and they have polished off the Carlsberg Special Brew and Poitín- feckin’maniac!

Whiskey Train, a Mahones album would not be complete without a song with Whiskey in the title. This time it’s a Whiskey train they are riding it Johnny Cash on Paddy Whiskey style through Belfast – No Bushmills here, Finny is a good Catholic bhoy and wouldn’t touch any of that heathen filth.

The Revolution Starts Now, takes up the political cudgel of Blood Is On Your Hands, my favorite track on Black Irish, and starts pounding again.

Makes No Sense At All slows down the pace, just a touch and is reminiscent of the Here Comes Lucky period Mahones meets Husker Du……..just informed it is actually a Husker Du cover from 1985’s Flip Your Wig.

The album finishes with a bonus track, Tin Soldiers, a fantastic Stiff Little Fingers cover

20 plus years in the game and The Mahones sill got it, they manage to keep thing fresh yet keep the old fans happy. Is Angel and Devils the Mahones finest album? Hard to answer, that’s kind of like asking a parent who their favorite child is but let’s say this child is getting a shiny new bike this Christmas.

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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Shite’n’Onions Podcast#42 w/ The Fisticuffs

Podcast#42 featuring Chicago’s The Fisticuffs and their new release, You’ll Not Take Us Alive.

The Fisticuffs – Paddys NNA – You’ll Not Take Us Alive
The Fisticuffs – Dead And Gone – You’ll Not Take Us Alive
Catgut Mary – Melbourne Tram Song – The Mahones Vs Catgut Mary
The Mahones – Give It All Ya Got – Black Irish
Sharks Come Crusin’ – Farewell-to-Nova-Scotia – A Past We Forget That We Need to Know
Bastards on Parade – INFAMOUS – Tales From The Death Shore
The Fisticuffs – Silent On The South Side – You’ll Not Take Us Alive
Blood Or Whiskey – Your Majesty – No Need To Explain
Bloody Irish Boys – Dirty Little Town – Auld St. Patrick
The Fisticuffs – In Heaven There Is No Beer – You’ll Not Take Us Alive – 2001 to 2011 – 10 years spreading Punk’n’Irish noise pollution

The Mahones: Spring/Summer European tour

04-16 Deventer, Netherlands – The Midtown
04-18 – Groningen, Netherlands
04-22 Bad Hersfeld – JUZ, Germany w/ STREET DOGS
04-24 London, Great Britain – The Underworld w/ STREET DOGS
04-25 Manchester, Great Britain – Moho Live w/ STREET DOGS
04-26 Bristol, Great Britain – The Croft w/ STREET DOGS
04-27 Hannover, Germany – Bei Chéz Heinz w/ STREET DOGS
04-28Hamburg – Logo, Germany – w/ STREET DOGS
04-29 Copenhagen – The Rock, Denmark w/ STREET DOGS
04-30 Bochum – Zwischenfall, Germany – Tanz in den Mai w/ STREET DOGS
05-01 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Rebellion Festival w/ STREET DOGS
05-02 Tilburg, Netherlands – O13 w/ STREET DOGS
05-03 Munster Gleis 22, Germany – STREET DOGS w/ BAD LUCK CHARMS
05-04 Köln, Germany – MTC w/ STREET DOGS
05-05 Saarbrücken Garage, Germany – STREET DOGS w/ BAD LUCK CHARMS
05-06 Weinheim, Germany – Café Central w/ STREET DOGS
05-07 Le Cateau, France – Zikenstock Festival w/ STREET DOGS
05-08 Freiburg, Germany – Walfisch w/ STREET DOGS
05-09 Solothurn, Switzerland – STREET DOGS w/ BAD LUCK CHARMS
05-10 Lindau, Germany- Club Vaudeville w/ STREET DOGS
05-11 München, Germany – Backstage w/ STREET DOGS
05-12 Vienna, Austria – Szene w/ STREET DOGS
05-13 Lodz Dekompresja, Poland – STREET DOGS w/ BAD LUCK CHARMS
05-14 Chemnitz, Germany – Rock’n’Ink Festival Tattoo Festival w/ STREET DOGS
05-15 Pfarrkirchen, Germany – Bogaloo w/ STREET DOGS
05-16 Stuttgart, Germany – Universum w/ STREET DOGS
05-17 Brescia, Italy – Latte w/ Club w/ STREET DOGS w/ ROGER MIRET & THE DISASTERS w/ CIVET
05-18 Montpellier, France – Secret Place w/ STREET DOGS
05-19 Billère, France – La Route du Son w/ STREET DOGS
05-20 Durango, Spain – Plateruena Kafe Antzoky w/ STREET DOGS
05-21 Badalona, Spain – Estraperlo w/ STREET DOGS
05-22 Madrid, Spain – Gruta 77 w/ STREET DOGS
07-08 Lodi, Italy – Creature Festival
07-10 Gierle, Belgium – Sjock Festival
07-15 Novinky, Czech Republic – Mighty Sounds Festival
07-16 Novinky, Czech Republic – Mighty Sounds Festival
07-30 Hörstel, Germany – Castellans Folk Summer
07-31 Groningen, Netherlands – Art Carnivale Festival
08-04 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Kraftstoff 41
08-05 Sion, Switzerland – Guinness Irish Festival
08-12 Villmar, Germany – Tells Bells Festival
08-14 leper – Ieper Fest, Belgium
08-20 Morabske Trebova – Pod Parou Festival, Czech Republic
08-25 Alsfeld, Germany – Ehrlich & Laut Festival