And now for something completely different – kind of. Some of you may remember Black Friday a Celtic punk outfit outta Cornwall (Got to Go is a must hear) well Tom O’Reilly & The Swaggers is four members of Black Friday donning cowboy boots and swapping Poitín for moonshine. The Swaggers perform laid back alternative country interspaced with traditional and Cornish folk and they do it very well. Reminiscent of Dublin’s Great Western Squares. Impressive.
Black Friday are a Pogues-ish, Clash-ish, Maritime Celtic punk outfit from the south west of England – that’s Cornwall for all those that don’t own a map. LIVE AT THE BREWERY is Black Fridays second full length album and their 2nd live album if memory servers me correctly, though this new album is almost evenly split between originals, trad standards and a couple of contemporary standards – GUNS OF BRIXTON and BLACK FRIDAY RULE as opposed to their debut that was all standards except the masterful original GOT TO GO which reappears here in all its glory. If LIVE AT THE BREWERY is anything to go by then Black Friday are a very fine live band though we still await the studio debut to make it all official.
Flogging Molly is an obvious huge influence on Black Friday – the bands name of course and 4 of the 12 songs on ‘Live at Maker” are Flogging Molly covers. Combinations of MacGowan and The Popes/Pogues are the other big influence with 3 covers (5 if you count “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Star of the County Down”). The Clash & The Mahones (great version of “Drunken Lazy Bastard”) are also covered. “Go to Go” is the only original (I thinks it’s an original anyway) and it’s a great one that isn’t out of place on a collection of classics the band covered. Just next time some more originals if the rest are as good.