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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/

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

The Dreadnoughts: Roll & Go

Canada or maybe the worlds only Celtic polka punk klezmer band have a new single, Problem, and a new album, Roll and Go, out soon. From the press release……

https://thedreadnoughts.bandcamp.com/

The Dreadnoughts have just announced their new single Problem to support the release of their upcoming full length out June 24th on Stomp Records. The new album “Roll & Go” was written primarily by singer/guitarist Nicholas Smyth in his one bedroom apartment in New York City at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, with a newborn infant, during lockdown. With band members based in New York, Vancouver, London, and Edmonton, the band decided to record in the unlikely location of Norwalk, Connecticut at the Factory Underground Studios. After ducking and weaving through countless travel restrictions, the Dreadnoughts managed to learn, record and mix an entire album in nine days. It was a harrowing, intense experience, one made even more intense by the fact that six guest musicians were recording their own parts in six different cities around the world, and that all of this had to be coordinated with virtually no time.  But they got it done! The result is Roll & Go: the Dreadnoughts fifth, and possibly finest, studio album.

Reflecting on the meaning behind the advance single Problem, Smyth remarks, “This song is about our love-hate-mostly-love-but-sometimes-really-hate relationship with Poland, a country we’ve toured many times.  In particular, it’s about a winter tour we did where everything just kept breaking and going wrong, and we kept fighting it and raging against it until we realized that this was normal in Poland, and that you needed to just do what everyone else did: sit back, have a beer and a smoke, and say “to hell with it.” The Poles are amazing at this, it’s actually a really healthy attitude to have in a lot of situations.  The song’s title comes from a word that means the same in English and Polish, and we quickly realized that we were going to hear it from our tour manager (who spoke no English) about 18 times a day.  ‘Ah…’ he would say, his face scrunching up and worry-creasing his forehead… ‘Problem’.”

The best of 2021

Best album

#1 The Peelers: Down and Out in the City of Saints

The best band in the whole Celtic-punk universe and another great album.

#2 Ferocious Dog: Hope

Hope is FDs breakthrough into the big time. 

#3 The Dropkick Murphys: Turn Up The Dial

A nice back to form album. No surprises but we don’t want or like surprises from the Murphys. 

#4 The Rumjacks: Hestia

Still fighting strong after the messy departure of original vocalist, Frankie. 

#5 Blaggards: Blagmatic

Blagmatic may have taken a while but it was worth the wait.

Best new band

The Dead Rabbits: 7 Ol’ Jerks

Not exactly a new band but new to Shite’n’Onions. Pure Celtic-punk.

Best acoustic solo album

Finny McConnell:The Dark Streets Of Love

I’ve always said Finny is a first class song writer.

Best Celtic-punk zine

London Celtic Punks 

Well written and always new content. The go to news source.

https://londoncelticpunks.wordpress.com/

Best Celtic Punk memoir

Celtic Punk Superfan (Recaps & Reflections Chapbook, 2002–22)

by Michael Croland

Special shout out

Trouble Pilgrims: Blood, Glass & Gasoline