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
Smokey Bastard are a frantic, banjo centric, folk-punk outfit outta London with their second album, TALES FROM THE WASTELAND, a strong follow-up to their strong debut, CRASHING THROUGH FLOORS. To my ears Smokey Bastard occupy the middle ground somewhere between The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys with a nod of the head towards Springsteen and his Seeger Sessions Band- Mrs McGRATH/My SON JOHN get’s a good kicking here, and ASPIRATIONS, I HAVE SOME name checks Springsteen himself. My guilty pleasure though? MAMMA MIA the old ABBA chestnut, Celtic-punk hasn’t been so much fun since Mr. Irish Bastard went Living La Viva Loco.
Strong debut here from the Reading, England based Smokey Bastards. Rough, gravelly and mostly acoustic folk punk – influenced obviously by The Pogues. Though when they crank the power they can give Flogging Molly a run for their money – the cover of “Tell Me Ma” and originals “Sprocket” and “Boys Who Left The Band” prove that. Also reminiscent of two great but under recognized English bands The Whisky Priests and The Singing Lions. Check it out!