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The Best of 2020 (and 2019)

I didn’t put out a best of 2019 list on St. Patrick’s Day 2020 and the whole world went to shite. So, in my attempt to fix the strange vortex we have been in since, here with no further ado is the Shite’n’Onions best of 2020 (and 2019)

The Top 6:

#1 The Go Set: Of Bright Futures….and Broken Pasts

#2 Greenland Whalefishers: Based on a True Story

#3 The Walker Roaders: The Walker Roaders

#4 The Real McKenzies: Beer & Loathing

#5 The Tan & Sober Gentlemen: Veracity

#6 Bodh’aktan: Ride Out The Storm

Best 30 Year Retrospective:

The Mahones: This Is All We Got To Show For It (Best Of 1990 – 2020)

Best Debut (single):

The Placks: Rebellious Son (7”)

Best Other Shite:

Flogging Molly – Swagger 20th Anniversary Edition

The Pogues ‎– BBC Sessions 1984-1985

The Radiators: Ghostown 40th Anniversary Edition

Tan & Sober Gentlemen: Veracity

So this CD has been sitting in my review pile for quite a bit and for whatever reason I wasn’t enthused about giving it a spin – I don’t know why, but I must have been judging the CD by the cover and expecting some pedestrian folk rock. Well today I finally cracked Veracity open and gave it a spin. 10 seconds into the opener, Rabbit,  and my jaw had dropped and I’m totally stunned by the explosion of folk-punk I’ve just been battered about the head by.  I can only describe this as the banjo kid from the movie Deliverance supping moonshine with the MacManus Gang (aka The Pogues) from Alex Cox’s Straight to Hell while raising plain ol’ hell. A great debut and I’m kicking myself for not playing sooner.

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