The Gobshites give us 40 wacks

August 4 is the 128th anniversary of Lizzie Borden’s handy ax work . The Gobshites will be releasing the cover of the Chad Mitchell Trio song about her.

Lizzie Borden took an axe
and gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her father forty-one.

Andrew Borden now is dead,
Lizzie hit him on the head.
Up in heaven he will sing,
on the gallows she will swing.

https://www.facebook.com/Gobshites

Dropkick Murphys: This Machine Still Kills Fascists

Dropkick Murphys have announced a September release for their new album, This Machine Still Kills Fascists. If the title seems vaguely familiar it’s because it’s based on the ol’ Woody Guthrie slogan. The album itself is a collection of new acoustic music set to the lyrics of Guthrie – hence the title I guess. Dropkick Murphys interpretation of Woodies’ Shipping Up To Boston pushed the Murphys into the big time and endeared them to a nation of Firemen, Bros and Soccer Moms.

This Machine Still Kills Fascists was recorded in Tulsa, OK., Woodie’s hometown, and produced by Ted Hutt (Walker Roaders). The album will be without Al Barr who is currently absent from the band due to family health issues. The Murphys will support the album with an acoustic tour in October. I’m seeing them at the Ryman in Nashville. So if you’re there, buy us a pint. 

The Mahones: Jameson Street

Just got to hear an advance copy of the new Mahones album, Jameson Street, and it’s really impressive. In some regards it’s a throwback to the early Mahones releases and features multiple guests including Dave from the Peelers and Nick from the Dreadnoughts as well as members of the original legendary Mahones line-up. There is also a special treat on the album for Pogues fans.

Tour dates announces:

2022

OCT 20 Fox Theatre- Vancouver, BC

OCT 21 Fox Theatre – Vancouver, BC

OCT 22 TBA – Victoria, BC

NOV 03 Stone Church – Newcastle,USA

NOV 04 State House – New Haven, USA

NOV 05 Askew – Providence, USA

NOV 06 Sovereign – NYC, USA

NOV 10 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY USA

NOV 11 TBA – Hershey, PA USA

2023

MAR 18 TBA – Switzerland

FEB / MAR – EUROPE / UK

The Winter Codes (ex-Blood or Whiskey)

The Winter Codes, an Irish folk/punk duo featuring former Blood or Whiskey members David Walshe and Barney Murray release their long in the works debut LP, Set The Darkness Reeling, in August. The album is an emotional tribute to fallen band member Paul Walshe, who tragically passed away ten years ago. With this release, he is immortalized, and the album even features some of his expert musicianship on some of the tracks.

The album was recorded at the famous Grouse Lodge recording studio where both Flogging Molly and Michael Jackson have recorded.

We are long time fans of Barney’s here at Shite’n’Onions so we are super stroked to get new music from him after all these years.

http://www.thewintercodes.ie/

Hugh Morrison: Lift Your Head Up

Lift Your Head Up, is the latest full length CD release from Texas based, Scottish born and raised folkster, Hugh Morrison. Some of you will know Hugh’s work with long running Celtic-rock band, Murder the Stout as well as from being a touring member of the Street Dogs

Lift Your Head Up, is contemporary folk, influenced by both the Celtic nations and Americana. The songs on Lift Your Head Up are  pretty laid back and mellow with a strong sense of melody and touching lyrics. 

Recommended.

https://hughmorrison.bandcamp.com/album/lift-your-head-up

Celtic Punk Superfan –   Recaps & Reflections Chapbook, 2002-22 by Michael Croland

Celtic Punk Superfan is to my knowledge the first* book written on the genre of Celtic-punk.  Michael Corland is a New York based, long time fan of Celtic-punk and the previous author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk (Praeger, 2016). Superfan is a short collection (think Cliffs Notes size) of essays that Michael has written over the years. The essays are very well written and bring back fond memories to me of the early days (i.e., the 2000’s) of Celtic-punk. What is particularly insightful is that Michael is coming at this from a strong Jewish-American background and it goes to provide you don’t need a drop of Irish blood to be a Celtic punk Superfan (though a drop of Irish Whiskey always helps).

Superfan is available in paperback and for the Kindle via Amazon.

*I bought a book on amazon a number of years back about Celtic-Punk but it was essentially a collection of Wikipedia articles so it doesn’t count.

The Rumjacks / Flatfoot 56 split EP

I love the idea behind split releases. They allow bands to share each other’s audience. Here we have two of the more established bands on the Celtic-punk scene splitting some vinyl. Australia’s The Rumjacks and Flatfoot 56 from the US. Since this EP is an Australian release I’m guessing this is more an introduction of Flatfoot to fans down under then The Rumjacks to the US.

Both bands contribute three tracks here with The Rumjacks kicking off on side 1 with the hooligan-ish Celtic punk of “Whitecaps”. The catchy “Fifth Ward Firestone” is more of the same. The side closes with a version of the old music hall standard “What Was Your Name in the States?” The flipside finds Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 initially with a little bit more of a laid-back groove on “Mud” before ramping up the energy. Tracks 2 and 3, “Sorry” & “Trouble”, are the bagpipes and punk rock growling vocals that Flatfoot 56 is best known for.

https://www.flatfoot56.com/

https://therumjacks.com/

Horslips 50th anniversary box set

Celtic rock granddaddies, Horslips, have announced the release of, More Than You Can Chew, a career retrospective boxset containing an incredible 35 disks.

33 CDs with 506 audio tracks – 252 of which (16 hours) are previously unreleased

2 DVDs with 60 video tracks and 2 documentaries – 43 of which (4.5 hours) are previously unreleased

2 books – On The Record (a lavish new recording history of Horslips) and Lyricography

5 signed vintage 8 x 10 photos

A collection of fan club facsimiles from the ’70s and a National Stadium, Dublin 1972 poster

The box will be retailing at €299/$439. Shite’n’Onions will be starting a gofundme to be able to afford a copy.

http://www.horslips.ie/

AFTER HOURS VOLUME TWO – BLACK 47 TRIBUTE COMPILATION

Valley Entertainment has released the second volume of the Black 47 tribute series. Complied by Pete Walsh of The Gobshites. Contributions are from Finbar Furey, Barleyjuice, Jonee Earthquake Band, Finny McConnell, Bangers and Mash, The PoguestrA and The Muckers.

The album is available from https://www.valley-entertainment.com/products/black-47-after-hours-volume-2

Potato-eating, Whiskey-drinking, Bog-trotting, CELTIC PUNK ROCK

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