Monday, January 22, 2018


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The Fatty Farmers - Calles vacías (Feat Poncho K)

Hibai eta Sergio (Deiedra) - Bilbao Reds Anthem


Spirit of Canada - Home for a Rest

(Source: Wikipedia) "Home for a Rest" is a song by Canadian folk rock band Spirit of the West, from their 1990 album Save This House. Although never officially released as a single, it is the band's signature song and is considered a classic of Canadian music.

Background and writing

Written by John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly, the song tells of a drinking spree in London. The lyrics and the musical setting clearly revel in the fun of the experience, but also show a longing for the rest and comfort of home:

“ You'll have to excuse me, I'm not at my best
I've been gone for a week, I've been drunk since I left
These so-called vacations will soon be my death
I'm so sick from the drink, I need home for a rest. ”

The song was written during one of the band's first tours of England, and was originally more of a poem than a full-fledged song. According to producer Danny Greenspoon, the band considered it still a work in progress, and had not brought it to the primary recording sessions for the album; rather, it was brought to Greenspoon's attention only as he was about to conclude work on the project and return home to Toronto. Recognizing the song's potential, he immediately worked with the band to resolve their uncertainties about its readiness, and finally recorded it as the last song of the sessions.

British geographical references such as Euston Station, Charing Cross Road and Yorkshire appear in the lyrics. The later choruses switch the length of time that the narrator has been gone from a week to a month, and in some live performances change from a month to a year. The song's musical arrangement incorporates the traditional reels "Castle Kelly", "Glass of Beer" and "Swallow's Tail".

Live performances

"Home for a Rest" was always the final song played at the band's concert performances, excepting encores. A live performance of the song at the band's 2015 Massey Hall concert forms the climax of the 2016 documentary film Spirit Unforgettable; due to Mann's battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, he struggles with the lyrics at first but the entire audience begins singing along.


The song was one of two Canadian songs (the other being "Do the Bearcat" by David Wilcox) to appear on the 1998 compilation album Frosh, alongside such party anthems as Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life", The Village People's "YMCA", Denis Leary's "Asshole" and Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)".

In 1999, the song was named to CFNY's Top 1002 New Rock Songs of All Time, ranking 689th behind R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" and ahead of Robert Palmer's "Looking for Clues". In 2007, CFNY named it No. 8 on their Top 102 Canadian New Rock Songs of All Time.

In 2005, "Home for a Rest" was named the 22nd greatest Canadian song of all time in a listener vote on the CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

The song is also frequently covered by other Canadian folk rock bands, including Mudmen and Enter the Haggis. Spirit of the West's original recording has also occasionally been misattributed to Great Big Sea on YouTube and in online lyrics databases. At a November 2017 fundraising benefit concert for Mann's medical care at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom, the participants recorded a tribute version of the song onsite prior to the concert; participants included Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLachlan, Ed Robertson, Barney Bentall, Colin James, Shari Ulrich and Jim Byrnes.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


(Please remember that Bandcamp only allows 200 free downloads/album/ month. If you find that the albums/EP are not free anymore, please don't complain. Just try again next month ūüėČ)

Started in 2002, Later have played traditional Irish music for 7 years. After several experiments with new sound, they have moved to very different style - progressive metal with influences of Irish folk and folk-punk.

Some of their songs are already on rotation at Celtic Folk Punk Radio



"7 Pint Brawl" (Debut album, in traditional Irish-folk style,13 tracks, 2008)
"Later EP" (Made firstly for a joke, the experiments in heavy sound became more interesting, so this EP was a result of those experiments, 3 tracks, 2009)
"Farewell to Good Old Timnes" (This album is sort of conclusion of the band's very long and very productive period of history. They played a lot of gigs in Russia and Ukraine, had much fun, and so on. They raised their parting glass at the last track of this album, and then split up ... to reform the band, but with very different music, 12 tracks, 2015)
"Fireman EP" (A new work by a new line-up, 3 tracks, 2017)


"7 Pint Brawl"

Grigory Grigoriev - guitar, vocals
Timur Guslov - banjo, backing vocals
Alexey Chizhov - bass
Elisaveta Khlebutina - fiddle
Vasily Luyluykin - bodhran
Oleg Petrov - accordion
Anton Tsvetkov - tin whistles

"Later EP"

Grigory Grigoriev - guitar, vocals
Tmur Guslov - banjo, vocals
Elisaveta Khlebutina - fiddle
Vasiliy Lyulyukin - bouzouki, bodhran
Oleg Petrov - accordion
Anton Tsvetkov - tin whistles, Irish flute
Alexey Chizhov - bass
Rais Sharipov - drums

"Farewell to Good Old Times"

Grigory Grigoriev - guitar, vocals
Elisaveta Khlebutina - fiddle
Vasily Lyulyukin - bouzouki
Oleg Petrov - accordion, button-box
Anton Tsvetkov - tin whistles
Alexey Chizhov - bass
Alexey Buren - drums

"Fireman EP"

Grigory Grigoriev - guitar, vocal
Vasuly Lyulyukin - bouzouki
Sergey Borisov - guitar, banjo, clarinet
Alexey Chizhov - bass
Maria Gostukhina - drums


"7 Pint Brawl"
"Later EP"
"Farewell to Good Old Times"
"Fireman EP"

Thursday, January 18, 2018


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Ebri Knight - Guerrilla

Konsumo Respeto - Naufragar

O'Hamsters - Winter Hill

Saturday, January 13, 2018


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"On 11 January at 11:11 the band Pipes and Pints have introduced their second single in the new line-up called “Rebel in My Veins.” For the music video they have joined their forces with a pop-art artist Josef Rataj - Rataj Art, hoping to kick some butts. The message is that every artist’s got rebel blood in their veins, with the untamed desire to create and to shift the boundaries. The band compares the hiatus and the feelings around it to a cage and they are going to break that cage with the first shows in April in Prague and Brno.

Josef Rataj is a pop-art painter and artist, whose co-operation with Pipes and Pints is no coincidence. Upon returning from the United States, Josef received his first exhibition offer. He seized the chance and made the entire exhibition, 10 big canvas paintings, overnight with the only companion in his studio that night - a Pipes and Pints CD stuck in his stereo. And the works from that exhibition are the ones that kickstarted his career.

Pipes and Pints have met Rataj completely by accident in November 2017, in an attic studio of the alternative venue Drive House at the release party of their second last music video "Raise Our Flag". The video was being screened, guitars were played and Josef would paint in his attic studio as it all was taking place. “We've only exchanged a few words that night, the story spoke for itself. It was clear that we had to do something together,” says Vojta Kalina, the band’s bagpiper.

What can I imagine in my mind it has happened. My positive thinking has changed my life into what I always wanted to do. These happenings sometimes do not have sense but everything goes to given goal. The heart is compass. When we come together it was like a synchronization, ” says Josef Rataj.

Art is an energy, a mixture of colours, sounds, and feelings, and we want to pass it all on in this music video. Josef also has this energy around himself when he paints, not unlike the one that we have while playing, it’s omnipresent,” says Vojta. “And without anyone even realising it, Travis’s lyrics are about tattoos, painting on human bodies and the memories that we carry.” "Rebel in My Veins" is the first song that the band has composed after the hiatus. Energy and the joy of creating is overflowing in this song.

The cage, about to unleash the boys into a new concert era, is going to break at the first shows in Brno and Prague. “We wanted something special to mark the occasion. I have always wanted to play Sono Centre in Brno ever since the venue opened with a magical concert of several Dire Straits members. And Pragovka in Prague is the venue we picked for its magical industrial atmosphere, to which our live wildness will fit perfectly. Even this video was shot in one of its halls, it all clicks together amazingly,” adds Vojta on the location selection.

Pipes and Pints - Rebels in my Veins

Tir Na Nog - Shaun O'Malley

Los Whistles - Duende Malo

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Founded in 2013 with the intention of making fun pub music and even more fun pub friends, Plunk Murray strives at each and every performance to take you to that place where everyone is your friend with a combination of high energy, traditional and modern Irish and Celtic music.

Comprised of a group of incredibly talented multi-instrumentalists, Plunk Murray boasts decades of professional music experience and is proud to garner a reputation as a professional group both on and off the stage. We made a break into the local festival scene by playing The Steampunk November Festival in 2016 and the AKON opening Ball in the summer of 2017 as well as many local pubs and St. Paddy's day venues.

Plunk Murray has recently gone back to the studio to record their first full length CD "Gypsies, Fools, Pirates, and Tools" due out in early 2018. Created as a follow up to their self-titled EP, this CD will have a mix of original, rambunctious, compositions as well as special arrangements of well-known pub songs and traditional tunes played on fiddle, accordion, banjo, mandolin, guitar, boudhran, drums and Lord knows what else.

Some songs from their EP are already on rotation at Celtic Folk Punk Radio



Johnny Zercher - Lead vocals, mandolin, guitar
Nate Morefield - Upright bass, accordion
Jennifer Sanders - Fiddle/Vocals
Johnny Burleson - Guitar


Plunk Murray "Demo CD"

Track Listing:

1-Star of the County Down
2-As I Roved Out
3-Reel Plunky
4-Foggy Dew
5-If I Should Fall from Grace with God

Price: $5.00
Shipping: $3.00



Saturday, January 6, 2018


Galician band Falperrys is back! They intend to release a new album and then they have launched a crowdfunding project on Verkami.

Check out the project here!

You can also watch the video for "Himno Dorneiro"

More info in Galician and Galician:

Boas grumetes!

Tras anos √° deriva por diferentes caladoiros do pa√≠s, con incursi√≥ns al√©n por Berl√≠n, Hamburgo ou Dubl√≠n, a tripulaci√≥n do barco Falperrys vai a unha nova marea para outro traballo de celtic-punk ou como se lle chame. Encheremos a bodega con lances √°s artes de Vinilo e CD, e nunha primeira virada arrastraremos 12 novas especies, para completar o qui√Ī√≥n con un bo pu√Īado m√°is en formato ac√ļstico.

Para elo precisamos de nova tripulaci√≥n/armadores, que nos axuden fac√©ndose mecenas no noso proxecto en verkami. Entrade e escollede a vosa recompensa, hai para mari√Īeiras e mari√Īeiros, as√≠ como para patr√≥ns de tabernas de mal vivir e capit√°ns de distribuci√≥ns de dubidosa legalidade. Tam√©n podedes colaborar simplemente difundindo esta campa√Īa.

Para ilustrar tan fermosa singradura andamos de estrea dunha navegada que fixemos pola r√≠a de Arousa a bordo dunha das √ļltimas lanchas xeiteiras que a√≠nda navegan polo mundo toc√°ndolle o himno dorneiro.

Agradecemos toda colaboración e difusión para que este barco chegue a bo porto!

Graci√Īas e sa√ļdos.


Buenas grumetes!

Tras a√Īos a la deriva por diferentes caladeros del pa√≠s, con inclusiones allende por Berl√≠n, Hamburgo o Dubl√≠n, la tripulaci√≥n del barco Falperrys va a una nueva marea para otro trabajo de celtic-punk o como se le quiera llamar. Llenaremos la bodega con lances a las artes del Vinilo y el CD, y en una primera virada arrastraremos 12 nuevas especies, para completar qui√Ī√≥n con un buen pu√Īado m√°s en formato ac√ļstico.

Para ello necesitamos nueva tripulaci√≥n que nos ayude haci√©ndose mecenas de nuestro proyecto en Verkami. Entrad y escoged vuestra recompensa, hay para marineras y marineros, as√≠ como para taberneros patrones de locales de mal vivir y capitanes de distribuciones alternativas de dudosa legalidad! Tambi√©n podeis colaborar simplemente difundiendo esta campa√Īa.

Para ilustrar tan hermosa singladura estamos estrenando una navegaci√≥n que hicimos por la r√≠a de Arousa a bordo de una de las √ļltimas lanchas xeiteiras que todav√≠a navegan por el mundo. 
Agradecemos toda colaboración y difusión para que este barco llegue a buen puerto.

Gracias y saludos.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018-01-01 NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD - JAY WARS & THE HOWARD YOUTH - Live at the Brunny! 2017 (2018)

"Told you we'd have something new for y'all today! New Year, New Us!

Here's a live album we recorded at the Brunny. It costs you nothing to listen to or download. Hooray.

See y'all soon!


Jay Wars & The Howard Youth "Live at the Brunny! 2017"

Recorded live in August 2017 at the Brunswick Hotel.

Recorded by Az.
Slapped together by Dan.
Art by Crow.
Credits: released January 1, 2018


Sunday, December 31, 2017


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 The Vad Vuc - Fruntiera

Firkin - Igyunk P√°link√°t!

Benjaming's Clan ft. Leona ҆enkov√° Fairytale Of New York (cover)

Friday, December 22, 2017


As you're interested in checking out the lists, just a comment: these are, IMHO,  the most enjoyable CDs of 2017.


40 albums from 15 countries:

9 from the USA
4 from Canada
4 from France
4 from the UK
3 from Germany
3 from Serbia
2 from the Czech Republic
2 from Italy
2 from The Netherlands
2 from Switzerland
1 from Begium
1 from Hungary
1 from Rumania
1 from Spain
1 from Ukraine

1 - The Peelers "Palace of the Fiend" Review
2 - Celkilt "Stand" Review
3 - The Tossers "Smash the Windows" Review
4 - Drunken Dolly "Alcoholic Rhapsody" Review
5 - Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards "Handmade!" Review
6 - Black Water County "Taking Chances" Review
7 - Kilmaine Saints "Whiskey Blues & Faded Tattos" Review
8 - Flogging Molly "Life's Good" Review
9 - Ferocious Dog "Red" Review
10 - The O'Reillys and The Paddyhats "Sign of the Fighter" Review
11 - Sons of O'Flaherty "The Road not taken" Review
12 - O'Hamsters "Gde by ni byvali" Review
13 - Tortilla Flat "Forward to the Past" Review
14 - Craic "Sounds of Vandemark" Review
15 - Cheers! "Daily Bread" Review
16 - Nevermind Nessie "Best of Foes" Review
17 - Cockswain "For the Whiskey" Review
18 - The Downs Family "A Penny's Worth of Pillage" Review
19 - The Vad Vuc "Disco Orario" Review
20 - Potatoe Famine "Drink the Pub Dry" Review
21 - Toxic Frogs "The Mermaid's Song" Review
22 - The Real McKenzies "Two Devils Will Talk" Review
23 - The Feelgood McLouds "s/t" Review
24 - The Drunken Lazy Bastards "Born to be Drunk" Review
25 - Brutus' Daughters "Hueso y Madera" Review and Free Download
26 - McScallywag "Dirty Water" Review
27 - The McDrinkers "Another Drunken Night" Review
28 - Mudmen "Old Plaid Shirt" Review
29 - Irish Stew of Sindidun "City of Grigs" Review
30 - The Scarlet "Hardfolk Shanties" Review
31 - Cassidy's Brewery "One Brew over the Cuckoo's Nest" Review and Free Download
32 - Selfish Murphy "Another Fork in the Road" Review
33 - In for a Penny "One Last Hurray" Free Download
34 - The Babes "Greetings from London" Review
35 - Orthodox Celts "Many Mouths Shut!" Review
36 - Matilda's  Scoundrels "As the Tide Turns"       
37 - Restless Feet "Homeward Bound" Review
38 - Hooligan's Mountain "Dalle strade, dalle valli" Review
39 - The Templars of Doom "Bring me the Head of John the Baptist"  Review
40 - Benjaming's Clan "Sedm Statecn√Ĺch" Review


25 EPs or mini-albums from 13 countries

4 from Hungary
3 from France
3 from the USA
2 from Australia
2 from Canada
2 from Indonesia
2 from Russia
2 from Spain
1 from Argentina
1 from Brazil
1 from The Netherlands
1 from Sweden

1 from Ukraine

1 - Brick Top Blaggers "The Fury" Review
2 - Black Rawk Dog "Suburban's Folk Stories" Review
3 - Sailors Grave "Baytin the Voyage" Review
4 - The Mullins "Beers & Feelings" Review
5 - Black Anemone "In it for Life" Review
6 - Firkin "Into the Night" Review
7 - Jolly Jackers "Blood Sweat and Beer" Review
8 - Hawthorn "RavenWood" Name Your Price Download
9 - Barleycorn Bastards "Hops & Dreams" Review
10 - Bogtrotter's Union "Old Songs & Stories Vol. 1" Name Your Price Download
11 - Three Finger Shot "Stories from a Small Town" Review
12 - The Black Watch "First Shot" Review
13 - Raise My Kilt "Gaitas y tanos" Review
14 - Rawlins Cross "Rock Steady" Review
15 - McMiners "Tales of Betrayal and Deceit" Review
16 - The Fatty Farmers  "Efecto Farmer"   
17 - L√°d C√ļig "Nosaltres sols" Name Your Price Download
18 - The Green Duck "2ème EP" Review
19 - Rain in Summer "Discordant Anthem from the Gutter" Review
20 - The Crazy Rogues "Rebels' Shanties" Review and Free Download
21 - Shamrocks "Ye Olde Chariot" Review
22 - Highland Bastards "Let's Folk" Review
23 - BoghZH Celtic Cats "Kazh al lagenn" Review soon 
24 - Zuname "Nothing Can't Stop Me" Free Download
25 - The Dead Maggies "Wild Dogs and Flannies" Review

Other interesting stuff that has been issued in 2017: "Poxmen of the Horslypse - Tribute to Horlips", released by John Murphy (Shite'n'Onions) the second album by Canadian band Morgan, "Morgan Deli" (cow-punk at its best) and Gary Miller "Mad Martins"
50 track triple CD (review in January 2018. Stay tuned! )
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Thanks again to all the bands for sending their stuff and special thanks to my mates Phil (PaddyRock), Scott (Paddys Home and Pub Podcast) and Mark (London Celtic Punks) for their friendship and support.


1) As usual, this post is titled as “the best of”. However, this is not a competition, but a sort of game. Remember that I give neither points, nor stars to the albums that are reviewed. I’d say that, IMHO, this is the list of the most enjoyable albums of 2015.  It's a party!

2) This list is subjective, but not unfair: it covers the albums that I have enjoyed. Other lists are being posted on other sites and they'll be different. And I feel that diversity is good.

3) Important: please remember that it’s a list of albums, not a list of bands.

4) I've tried to be coherent. Everybody should know that I prefer original material to over-exposed standards.

5) Please remember that I'm only a fan. Maybe some albums are technically or musically better than others. I have taken into account catchy songs, fresh approaches, innovation and maybe I've given priority to raucous sounds rather than to polished sounds.

6) Yes, this is a Celtic Punk e-zine. Then priority has been given to Celtic punk bands, but you'll also find quite a few Celtic rock and folk punk bands.

7) Only the albums that have been received for review/airplay purposes and/or that have been shared for free by the bands have been rated. Other recordings were released in 2017, but unfortunately no copy was submitted or they got lost on their way to Spain.

8) This Best of 2017 covers the CDs that have been released from December 2016 to December 2017. As you can see, some CD were released in 2016. I’ve decided to rate them on the 2017 list ONLY after having checked that they were not reviewed on any other Celtic punk / rock e-zine in 2016. I’ve got them in 2017 and I feel that a lot of fans didn’t notice that those CDs were released before having read my review. Then, I’ve considered them as a 2017 release.

9) Neither live albums, nor covers albums have been taken into account. The same applies to compilations/best of albums.

10) To be at the bottom of the list doesn't involve that an album is rather poor. The difference between the 11th place and the 25th place would be a tiny nuance. The same applies to the places going from 26th to 40th.

11) Several songs from these albums have been added to the streaming radio along the year and they are regularly played.

12) To the fans: feel free to share your comments. No trolls, please!

13) To the bands: it’s extremely difficult to rank every recording and I guess that some people won’t be happy. However, I really appreciate and respect the hard work by every single band. The quality of all of the recordings has been very high!


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Black Anemone - Day at First and Main

Captain Jack's Army - Julen

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017-12-19 ALBUM REVIEW - THE O'REILLYS AND THE PADDYHATS "Sign of the Fighter" (2017)

The O'Reillys and The Paddyhats "Sign of the Fighter" Metalville MVO129
Release date: April 14, 2017
Running time: 41:43, 13 tracks

Amost four years passed between “Sound of Narrow Streets” (2012) and “Seven Hearts One Soul” (2016). But it took The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats only one year to release their third album “Sign of the Fighter” (2017). The German band is clearly at its peak: two albums in a row and the latest one has been issued by the Metalville label. If you’re thinking that the guys signed a deal and went straightaway to the studio to record hastily whatever they had, you’re wrong. “Sign of the Fighter” is a solid effort: it has 12 songs + a spoken number. Most of the songs are self-penned material and there are only two covers. As usual, the packaging is top-notch: a 6 panel digipack that comes with a 16 page booklet. Let alone, the production, a brilliant work by J√∂rg Umbreit.

The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats have reached a huge following on the scene. They are able to write upbeat numbers like “Barroom Lady” and “Irish Ways”. As they are rooted in the German Celtic punk / rock scene, they also arrange the songs in such a way that they gather influences from other essential German bands. “White River” and “Ghost of a Soldier” have a Mr. Irish Bastard spin on the choruses. And the fiddling on “Sign of the Fighter” and “Bucket of Blood” reminds me of Paddy Goes to Holyhead. I don’t know if influence is the right word, because it involves that they have listened to those bands. Surely, they are familiar with Mr. Irish Bastard, but maybe not with PGTH. Anyway, I‘m not trying to say that The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats are a copycat or a wannabe band. I mean that there is a German Celtic punk / rock sound and The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats have succeeded in taking it to the top.

Apart from those amazing numbers, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of songs. First of all, they have revisited “Paddyhats”, a badass song whose original version can be found on their debut album. Secondly, they have delivered a poignant rendition of Simon & GarfunkelThe Boxer”. Their fellow countrymen Across the Border included a kick ass version of “The Boxer” on their “… But Life is Boring Sir Without Committing a Crime” EP in 1997. Both versions are brilliant and totally different. Great choice for a cover.

The album is available on the usual retailers and on the band’s store. As always I strongly recommend to buy a physical copy, CD or vinyl.

Track listing:

01. Sign of the Fighter 3:29
02. Come On Board 2:56
03. Barroom Lady 3:14
04. In Chains 3:13
05. Haul Away Joe 2:48
06. Irish Way 3:13
07. Interlude 1:21
08. White River 3:45
09. Bucket Of Blood 3:03
10. Old Gangs Lullaby 3:10
11. Paddyhats 4:04
12. Ghost of Soldier 3:25
13. Boxer 3:55


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Monday, December 18, 2017

2017-12-18 ALBUM REVIEW - FLOGGING MOLLY "Life is Good" (2017)

Flogging Molly "Life is Good" Vanguard VAN00111
Release date: June 2, 2017
Running time: 44:23, 12 tracks

Sometimes we, the fans, are vampires for our favourite artists. We love a couple of albums and then we don’t want them to evolve. So, if they try something new, we turn our backs on them: their blood doesn’t feed us anymore. Flogging Molly are one of the gods on the Celtic punk Olympus. “Alive behind the Green Door”, “Swagger” and “Drunken Lullabies” helped to establish the genre. The band extended the scope of their music with “Within a Mile from Home” and “Float”. But “Speed of Darkness” was a huge change and a lot of fans, me included, didn’t appreciate that album.

Some years have gone by and I’m not going to have a retrospective look on “Speed of Darkness”.
IMHO, Flogging Molly are  the best live band in the Celtic punk genre (sorry Murphys), and therefore their “studio” sins can be forgiven.

The band from LA chose to come back to Ireland to record their latest album. “Life is Good” was recorded at Grouse Lodge Studios in Co. Westmeath. These are the same studios at which “Float” was recorded. Apparently, Dave and the rest of the band wanted to recover the spirit of those sessions. I daresay that they succeeded, as “Life is Good” moves back from “Speed of Darkness” and the final balance is similar to that of “Float”.

As a fan loving the band’s early days, I’ve enjoyed particularly ”The Hand of John L. Sullivan”. This brilliant number is the closest song to the band’s Golden Age. But there are other kick ass songs. For instance “Welcome to Adamstown”, a song featuring Keith Douglas and Brad Magers from Mariachi El Bronx on trumpet. Or other cuts with a more mature sound. For instance, “Crushed (Hostile Nations)”. This number has a fantastic traditional sounding intro thanks to guest Neillidh Mulligan on uileann pipes, but the song evolves into something modern and really attractive. And “The Guns of Jericho”, where Dave does a great job on vocals.

Apart from those standout tracks, other numbers have a traditional/folkier feeling that makes them enjoyable songs. The arrangements and the performance are class on the opening number “There’s Nothing Left Part I”, on “Hope”, on “The Bride Wore Black” and on the closing track “Until We Meet Again”.

Life is Good” won’t be maybe the album of the year, but it’s clearly a Top10 album and the comeback that all the fans were waiting for.

Track listing:

01 - There's Nothing Left Pt. 1 2:24
02 - The Hand of John L. Sullivan 4:01
03 - Welcome to Adamstown 3:05
04 - Reptiles (We Woke Up) 3:43
05 - The Days We've Yet to Meet 3:42
06 - Life Is Good 4:02
07 - The Last Serenade (Sailors and Fishermen) 4:24
08 - The Guns of Jericho 4:16
09 - Crushed (Hostile Nations) 4:22
10 - Hope 3:27
11 - The Bride Wore Black 2:59
12 - Until We Meet Again 3:55


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Review by Kinksmarkham

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2017-12-17 ALBUM REVIEW - THE McDRINKERS "Another Drunken Night" (2017)

The McDrinkers "Another Drunken Night"
Release date: September 21, 2017
Running time: 53:33, 14 tracks

It’s no easy to develop your own identity in the Celtic punk scene. People often tend to think that there are some unwritten laws that force new bands to cover the usual standards and to be on the Flogging Molly’s camp or on the Dropkick Murphys’ camp. Fortunately, some bands try to find their own place and to offer something different to the scene. That’s what The McDrinkers have been doing for their earlier stages. The 5 piece band from Quebec, Canada, bets on their original songwriting and a fresh and young punk folk sound.

Another Drunken Night” is the band’s third recording after their first EP under the name The Irish McDrinkers (“Welcome to WhiskeyTown”, 2014, 6 tracks and 20 min 49 sec) and their debut album as The McDrinkers (“Bring the Barrels”, 2015, 12 tracks and 46 min 17 sec). As you can see, their sophomore album is longer both in tracks and running time: 14 cuts and 53 min 33 sec.

Catherine Boivin (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Jean-Benoit St.Germain (fiddle, background vocals) play the folk instruments, while new member Alex Tremblay plays electric guitar and sings backing vocals, front man Louis Desch√™nes plays bass and sings lead vocals and Dave Fortin plays the drums. “Another Drunken Night” has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Louis at the McDrinkers studio. The packaging is a four panel digipack with the line-up, track listing and song credits.

My fave tracks are “Zara Road” (perfect opening track), “Modern Buccaneers” (amazing pirate number showcasing mandolin and lots of hey and woah shouts that reminds me of the latest The Scarlet CD approach), “Fairytale Sip” (a catchy song with a great instrumental part at the beginning), “The Fire off” (a number with a Flatfoot56 spin), “No More Drink” (an infectious punk pop song) and “You’re a Fake” (upbeat song with a British fiddle folk punk sound). But another numbers are also very interesting: “The Ancient Malediction” (some Flatfoot56 and Fox’n’Firkin echoes), “The Promise” (a lively banjo driven song), “Mt.Forever” (amazing balance between fiddle and mandolin an electric guitar), “Field and Sorrow” and “Boardwalk”.

Hats off to McDrinkers for following their own musical path and keeping their own identity.

Track listing:
01 - Zara Road 2:50
02 - The Ancient Malediction 3:46
03 - The Promise 3:14
04 - Mt. Forever 3:37
05 - Song for the Hopeless 2:40
06 - Story of Betreyal 4:01
07 - Modern Buccaneers 3:31
08 - Fairytale Sip [Explicit] 4:26
09 - The Fire Off 3:55
10 - No More Drink 4:50
11 - Field of Sorrow 3:39
12 - The Red Star Club 3:23
13 - You're a Fake [Explicit] 4:45
14 - Boardwalk 4:51


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017-12-16 EP REVIEW - RAWLINS CROSS "Rock Steady" (2017)

Rawlins Cross "Rock Steady" GroundSwell Music
Release date: December 1, 2017
Running time: 22:16, 6 tracks

Rawlins Cross is the name for a convergence of streets in St. John’s, Newfoundland. But Rawlins Cross is also the name for the main Celtic rock band from Atlantic Canada. The band released their debut album “A Turn of the Wheel” in 1989, a blend of traditional tunes and songs written by brothers Dave (guitar, vocals) and Geoff Panting (keyboards,vocals). Apart from them, piper and tin whistler Ian McKinnnon
from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was on that first line-up. Their second album, “Crossing the Border”, was released in 1992.

Their classic line-up was established in 1993 with the release of “Reel’n’Roll”: Dave Panting (guitar, mandolin, backing vocals), Geoff Panting (accordion, keyboards, backing vocals), Ian McKinnon (pipes, tin whistle), Brian Bourne (bass, chapman stick, backing vocals, from Halifax, Nova Scotia), Howie Southwood (drums, from Elora, Ontario) and Joey Kitson (lead vocals, from Prince Edward Island). Then, they released “Living River” in 1996, “Celtic Instrumentals” in 1997 ("a composite of instrumentals from previous albums and new tunes recorded especially for this project") and “Make it on Time” in 1998. All the albums were released by Ground Swell Records in Canada and “Living River” and “Make it on Time” were licensed to Magnetic Music in Germany.

Rawlins Cross went on hiatus around 2001 and they came back in 2008 with a best of called “Anthology” , which was followed by a new album titled “Heart-Head-Hands” in 2010. “Rock Steady” is their new 6 track EP after a second hiatus.

Rock Steady” is the first cut on the disc. This kick-ass song written by Dave is the proof that Rawlins Cross are alive and kicking. “Rock Steady” showcases catchy chorus (“Is everybody ready? Rock Steady!”), Joey’s powerful vocals, Geoff’s accordion, Ian’s pipes and Howie and Brian on the rhythm section. However, the standout track on the album is “Hold You Tonight”. This lively number is a true gem, probably one of the best Celtic rock songs of 2017. Ian plays tin whistle and guest Julien Kitson (Joey’s song) plays tenor banjo. Curiously, this is the first song written for the band by Joey Kitson.

Can’t Get You outta my Mind” was written by Brian. The sound is maybe different, I daresay that it has a The Doors spin, and it’s about “modern mass miscommunications by many modes”. Joey’s vocals are spotless.

Rawlins Cross move to their slower side on “Long Have we travelled”, “That Last Long Mile” and “Waltzing the Time Away”. The whistle is played on the first half of “Long Have We Travelled” but later the pipes arrive together with the electric guitar. This song was written by John Landry, Ian McKinnon and Geoff Panting. “That Last Long Mile” has great keyboards and tin whistle arrangements, and perfect drums by Howie. It was written by Geoff Painting, while “Waltzing the Time Away” was written by his brother Dave. Great song to finish up the EP.

Rock Steady” is an interesting CD that old and new fans will appreciate. I miss one or two set of tunes, since I feel that they would have improved the EP balance. Anyway, I’m really happy that Rawlins Cross are back.

Track listing:

1 - Rock Steady 3:11
2 - Hold You Tonight 2:51
3 - Long Have We Travelled 4:54
4 - Can't Get You Outta My Mind 3:52
5 - That Last Long Mile 3:30
6 - Waltzing the Time Away 3:58

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