Beer and Loathing, is the new album from one of Celtic-punks oldest and longest running bands, the manic bagpipe wailing, Canadian-Scots punks, The Real McKenzies. Beer and Loading is a solid McKenzies album once you get beyond the dud of an opening track, Overton Bridge, i.e fast and punky with bagpipes and sounding just like The Real McKenzies.
I’m not sure if Unplugged was ever released as a physical product, I think it may just be an online only release. Unplugged is a best of The Mahones recorded live and unplugged in the studio. It’s nice to hear some old favorites in a new stripped down format and Unplugged continues to prove what I’ve always said, that Finny McConnell is a really great songwriter. In addition to the Mahones originals, the Johnny Cash cover of NINs Hurt is covered. Hopefully I can get my grubby paws on physical copy. In the meantime it’s here on SoundCloud.
I know we all hate Spotify but sometimes if you can’t beat’em you have to join’em. So here is the official Shite’n’Onions playlist as it stands with 8 hours of the best Celtic-punk.
Irish Goodbye, is the follow-up from The Muckers to their excellent last release, One More Stout. If you haven’t heard The Muckers (and why not?), they are a very fine Georgia based, Celtic-pub-rock outfit.
Irish Goodbye, is a folk-rocking album of both originals and covers. I love their galloping version of the Wolfe Tones, Rock on Rockall, and the cover of The Rumjacks, My Time Again. The Ramones, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, has been transformed into, Saoirse is a Folk Rocker. Their original, Buzzards Bay, is a nautical throwback to lead Mucker, Jeff Shaw’s time in New Bedford’s, The Pourmen, while, Out On My Ass, is a great piece of hedonistic alt-Country.
Not to be confused with an earlier CDEP release of the same name, Rebellious Son is a new, limited edition 7” single from the Scottish Highlands based, The Placks, one of the best bands to emerge onto the Celtic-punk scene in the last couple of years. Side A, Rebellious Son, is a huge sounding, Celtic-punk ballad singalong with a football terrace chorus. The flip side is way more punky (with underlying Celtic instrumentation), a throwback to front-man, Iain Kilgallon’s, street-punk roots. Grab it on vinyl while it’s still available.
Neck – The Foggy Dew
The Currency – 888
The Mighty Regis – Paddy Don’t Live In Hollywood
The Electrics – Caledonia
The Rumjacks – An poc ar buile
The Placks – The Bomb, the Bullet & the Gun
Medusa’s Wake – Seldom Sober
Medusa’s Wake – Convict’s Tale
Sharks Come Crusin’ – Three Score and Ten
The Mahones – Shake Hands With The Devil
The Mickey Finns – The Ballad Of Duffy’s Cut
The Fisticuffs – Dublin’s Coming Home
Prydein – Run Run Away
The Mahones – The Hunger & The Fight
The Placks – Rebellious Son
The Placks – The Mountain Men
Clovers Revenge – Old Hag, You Have Killed Me-Dinny Delaney
Clovers Revenge -The Merry Misadventures Of Sister Mary Margaret
The Tosspints – Blood or Whiskey
Neck – Psycho Ceilidh Mayhem Set
Biblecode Sundays One Step Beyond
Devil’s Advocates – Taneytown
Clovers Revenge are three unrepentant former parochial school delinquents from the trashy part of Florida who play spunky & speedy interpretations of traditional Irish ballads mixed with similarly spunky & speedy originals as on display here on Truants and Absolution, their second full length. Influences include the Dubliners, the Pogues, shots of Paddy whiskey and may I say The Gobshites as well as the much-missed Ceann. Sr. Mary Margaret must be scratching her head on where she went wrong with these bhoys. The rest of us will really enjoy them.
Johnny Piper answers some question on the loudest band in Celtic-punk.
Can you give us some background on the band? Your musical history, who is in the band and how did the band come together, what release have the Alternative Ulster put out?
In January of 2015, I met our original bass player for the first time at Ulster County AOH Pipes and Drums practice. He was a student piper and we got to talking. When the talk turned to why we started piping, I made reference to Dropkick Murphys, The Real McKenzies, etc… I told him it was my goal to start a bagpipe punk rock band. To illustrate my point, I pulled up the YouTube video of Pipes & Pints performing The Gael. Another AOH piper, Jerry McCluskey, was also a long-time guitarist in punk rock bands. Jerry joined and recruited his friend to play drums. Jerry came up with the name “Alternative Ulster” which tied Old School 70s era punk, ala Stiff Little Fingers, together with our home, Ulster County, NY.
Continue reading An Alternative Ulster Interview
Can we start with your musical background – who are you and who are The Placks? The Placks are a fairly new band, how did the band get together and what was the inspiration after your long punk career (if punks can have careers) to bring in strong Celtic influences to your music?
The Placks was a wee idea in the back of my head for years that wouldn’t go away. I have played in bands since I was in school and over the years have been lucky enough to have toured with bands like Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, UK SUBS, The Business and a few others, in my bands Beerzone and Control, and they all used to say the same thing to me, “Iain, being a proud Celt, you really ought to add some Celtic/Folk instruments to songs”. They all thought I wrote catchy, melodic songs so thought it would be very interesting.
When people like Charlie Harper (UK SUBS), Ken Casey and Tim Armstrong say you should try something other than just straight up punk, you tend to listen!