Tracks on compilation albums are like friends. You can find good friends like Sir Reg, Greenland Whalefishers and The Go Set. There are friends you have lost touch with and need to reconnect with – The Porters, The Killigans and Kilkenny Knights. Friends that you need to get to know better – Mickey Rickshaw and Hoist the Colors and of course friends that you haven’t met until now. Raise Your Pints – Vol.2 is a very good compilation and if you want to know what is going on in the European scene the MacSlon is the man.
1 The Rogues from County Hell – MacSlon’s 2 The Cloves and the Tobacco – Too Much Trouble 3 Kilkenny Knights – Mick Watson 4 Irish Stew Of Sindidun – One Way Ticket 5 The Killigans – From The Underground 6 The Mullins – 9 To 5 7 The Go Set – Holdfast 8 The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats – Sign Of The Fighter 9 Billy Treacy – Temple Bar 10 Sir Reg – All Saints’ Day 11 Hoist The Colours – Mourners 12 Mickey Rickshaw – Nonprofit Warfare 13 Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards – I Only Got One Pint 14 Paddy and the Rats – Lonely Hearts’ Boulevard 15 BalticSeaChild – Fool In The Rain 16 Drink Hunters – Celtic Punks 17 Airs & Graces – 4 Corners 18 The Moorings – Drink Up Fast 19 The Porters – Son Of This Town 20 The Clan – Horns Up And Fight 21 Greenland Whalefishers – The Letter
Making a mix tape or a comp CD is almost a lost art. Happy to say the art isn’t lost on Nico of MacSlons Irish Pub Radio. An amazing nineteen tracks in all and like all great comps it comes with old friends and a few friends you haven’t met before. Old friends include Kilkenny Knights, Flatfoot 56, The Real McKenzies and The Rumjacks. New friends include The Black Tartan Clan, Rovers Ahead and 1916. Check it out, you’ll too find some new friends.
Full tracklisting: 01. Kilkenny Knights – Raise your Pints 02. Rovers Ahead – Ghost Of Anne Reily 03. The Clan – Paddys Day 04. The O`Reilys & The Paddyhats – Barrels of Whiskey 05. The Black Tartan Clan – Standing Strong 06. Scordisci – Birdies Song 07. Airs & Graces – Troubles 08. The Ramshackle Army – The Fire is burning 09. The Real McKenzies – Catch me 10. Flatfoot 56 – Take Hold again 11. The Ceili Family – Alive 12. The Roughneck Riot – Parasites 13. The Rumjacks – No Pockets in a Shroud 14. Mr. Irish Bastard – Kingdom of the Sun 15. Creeds Cross – The Irish Band 16. In Search of a Rose – If You Got A Pint 17. Smokey Bastard – Archipelago 18. 1916 – For Whiskey 19. Bastards – Drink the City
Kilkenny Knights are not actually from the medieval capital of Ireland but from Bavaria, though I guess the name Teutonic Knights just doesn’t have the right ring to it that you’d expect from a Celtic-punk band. The Kilkenny Knights have been around since 2009 and Brady’s Pub Tales their first full length. These guys must have been practicing real hard over the last 5 years as Brady’s Pub Tales is a bloody great debut. The music is classic Celtic-punk with strong Dropkick Murphys influences – bagpipes, big guitars and strong sing-a-long courses. In addition the Kilkenny Knights include some German folk influences that fit in real nice with the Celtic melodies. Honestly not a bad song over the entire almost hour of music and more then a few that could wake the dead and induce them into jig. Highlight include The Final Course and the the dead waking Dance!
Check ’em out Brady’s Pub Tales it really hasn’t been out of my car CD player for the last two months its that good.