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.
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.
Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding is the new digital only (boo!) single release from our favorite Boston hooligans, the Dropkick Murphys. Side-A, the title track, is the classic Murphys we’ve come to know and love – punkie, spunky, shout it out Celtic-punk. The B side is a cover of Black 47’s James Connolly, one of the songs that was my gateway drug into Celtic-rock when I heard it first in 1992, the Murph’s do a very fine job of a classic.
Some classic hard rock here for yah. Black Star Raiders have their roots in iconic Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy. BSR started life as a post Lynott touring version of Thin Lizzy, until the band then decided to write new material and did not feel it was right to put it out under the Thin Lizzy brand (the absolute right decision in my book). Black Star Riders are fronted by Belfast man Ricky Warwick, a rocker and poet in the mold of the late Phil Lynott. The guitar harmonies are pure Lizzy with one half of the BSR guitar duo being long time Lizzy legend, Scott Gorham. Fans of Celtic-rock will love the title track, Another State of Grace, which rocks out like Lizzy’s Emerald. Fans of classy, guitar driven hard rock will just love this.
Here is a case of keeping it all in the family. The Wild Irish Roses are the family band of head Templar of Doom, Michael X. Rose with his wife and five of the family’s eight kids (God bless ‘em) ranging in age from early twenties to early teens. The music is rooted in the Irish ballad tradition format mixed with bagpipes and a wee bit of a punk edge and a Velvet Underground cover just to keep it subversive.
A bit of class here from Scottish troubadour Hugh Morrison. Some of you may know Hugh from Texas Celtic-folk rockers Murder the Stout or his long standing collaboration with the Street Dogs. The Other Side sees Hugh take his interpretation of the Scottish tradition on a road trip from his base in Texas to The Big Easy picking up the sounds of New Orleans and south Louisiana along the way – Cajun fiddle, horn and lap steel guitar – then blending them into his original Celtic folk-rock. Like I said class here – a lot of it.
Based On A True Story is the eight album by my count from one of Celtic-punks fines and longest running bands, Norway’s Greenland Whalefishers. I think that maybe only The Mahones have been around longer. If you are unfamiliar The Whalefishers play galloping old school Celtic-punk with a strong Pogues influence yet with their own distinctive fiddle and whistle infused melody while vocalist Arvid Grov channels Shane MacGowan better then even Shane MacGowan does these days. The Greenland Whalefishers are consistently great album after album and they keep up that greatness on Based On A True Story. There are a few of songs I want call out from Based On A True Story the Celtic-ska of K Says and outlaw country-ish duet (with guest Åse Britt Reme Jacobsen) Darkness as well as the straight ahead Celtic-punk Joe’s Town. Check this album out.
For those of you who are unaware of Gary Miller, he was the co-founder (with twin brother Glenn) of legendary English folk-punks The Whisky Priests. Now a solo artist Gary explores on the DLI (Durham Light Infantry) EP the horror of war through the eyes and experiences of the enlisted man from the coal mines of Durham and the banks of the Nile to the western front and untimely death. The Ballad of Lance-Sergeant William Stones is particularly tragic, after surviving the Somme he was accused of cowardice (though strongly disputed) and executed.
DLI is the precursor to the forthcoming album from Gary, ‘From Coalfield to Battlefield’, which based on the 4 tracks from DLI I’m very much looking forward to.
The Bleeding Bridge is five tracks of Aussie folk punk heaven. No frills, knock back another one folk with a punk attitude. There are three originals here, a cover of The Triffids “Wide Open Road” and a fantastic version of the Aussie standard “Limejuice Tab” – the song about sheep shearing (not shagging) in New South Wales for us non bushrangers. Check’em out in all their handsomeness below.