Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017-12-12 ALBUM REVIEW - FEROCIOUS DOG "Red" (2017)

Ferocious Dog "Red"
Release date: November 20, 2017
Running time: 40:39,11 tracks

Red” or “The Red Album” is the brand new CD by England’s best folk-punk band Ferocious Dog. Ferocious Dog are always on tour and most of their gigs are sold out. Maybe because of this hectic schedule, some line-up changes have taken place. The core of the band is still there, Ken on guitar and lead vocals and Dan on fiddle and vocals, together with Les Carter on electric guitar and vocals and John Alexander on bass. The new members are multi-instrumentalist John Leonard (bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar, tin whistle, accordion, uilleann pipes and backing vocals) and Alex Smith (drums, percussion and vocals).

The band keeps on delivering its fiddle led folk punk with a Levellers touch, but the songwriting has evolved and other influences can be noticed

Black Gold” is a song about slavery and the role of the British Empire. Both John and Dan shine on mandolin and fiddle.

A video was shot for “American Dream”, one of the album’s top numbers. Kick-ass song that reminds me of Tricks upon Travellers. “Spin” starts off with a catchy tune where tin whistle and fiddle play the major role. There is a bass and percussion passage that is followed by a tin whistle part. One of my fave tracks on “The Red Album”.

Black Leg Miner” is the first cover on the album. A version of this song can be found on Steeleye Span's debut album “Hark! The Village Wait”. As It was stated on that album sleeve notes, “It is strange that a song as powerful and as singable as this should be so rare, yet it has only once been collected from a man in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in 1949”. Ferocious Dog’s rendition is spotless.

The next track is called “Together we are Strong” and will soon become one of your faves. Fantastic upbeat number with a reggae passage. Now the big question: would Ferocious Dog be able to write another song like “Slow Motion Suicide”? The answer is track no. 6, “A&B”. IMHO, the best song on the album. Dan sings lead vocals on this song about Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Fantastic number that makes me think of the Oysterband.

The Enemy Within” kicks off with some martial drums and then tin whistle and fiddle join in before visiting the “Brighton sound” territory. Lively song to sing along and dance. Curiously, McDermott’s 2 Hours debut album was titled “The Enemy Within” too.

Les sings lead vocals on “A Place I Want to be”. It’s an interesting number, as it has a slower beginning with fiddle and acoustic guitar but later evolves into a fast-paced song

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya” gets the British fiddle punk treatment. This second cover is followed by “Small Town Hero”, a song with the Ferocious Dog’s classic sound. Lots of hey shouts on a song featuring uilleann pipes. The album finishes up with “Class War” a long reggae number featuring the “Farewell to Eireann” reel.

The CD has been produced by Phill Wilbraham and comes in a digipack with a 28 page booklet. As usual, the album has been recorded in loving memory of Lee Bonsall (1987-2012).

The Red Album” is the logical step on Ferocious Dog's discography:  they offer exactly what the fans are expecting. But, at the same time, the songwriting is more mature without becoming mellow. Enjoy!

Track listing:

01 - Black Gold 3:32
02 - American Dream 3:04
03 - Spin 3:48
04 - Black Leg Miner 3:01       
05 - Together We Are Strong 3:02
06 - A & B 3:32
07 - The Enemy Within 3:52
08 - A Place I Want to Be 3:02       
09 - Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya 3:20       
10 - Small Town Hero 3:27       
11 - Class War 7:02


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Review by Kinksmarkham

Monday, December 11, 2017

2017-12-11 ALBUM REVIEW - THE FEELGOOD McLOUDS "s/t" (2017)

The Feelgood McLouds "s/t" Big Barrel Records BBR002
Release date: December 8, 2017
Running time: 26:57, 11 tracks

There are a lot of Celtic punk bands in Germany. However, there are hardly any bagpipes punk bands. The Feelgood McLouds are the latest addition to the Germany bagpipes punk scene. If Die Dødelsäcke sing in their mother tongue and their sound is rooted in the German punk, The Feelgood McLouds follow a more international approach. They sing in English and love streetpunk and oi!

The Feelgoods McLouds deliver 11 tracks in less than 27 minutes. Their self-titled debut album is an excellent bagpipes punk album that fans will enjoy. The first track is a tin whistle led intro that opens the path for the next cut, the catchy “Cheerio”. The sound reminds me of Bastards (on Parade). On “Sickness and DeathThe Feelgood McLouds showcase their The Porters influences. This song features The Dubliners well-known tune “Sporting Paddy”. After three tin whistle numbers, the pipes appear on the next track, the fantastic oi! infused song “Year in & Year out”. Needless to say that it’s one of my faves.

The Feelgood McLouds revisit again The Porters’ territory on “Sheer Whiskey”. Woll switches from bagpipes to mandolin. Track no. 6 is called “Mr. Radio”. Kick-ass mandolin driven song with a Rancid spin . “State of Unrest” was the first single and a video was shot for this song. Addictive chorus and once again a similar sound to Bastards (on Parade) thanks to the bagpipes.

The speed goes down a little bit on “Beerbongs’n’Bourbon”, a song based on mandolin and tin whistle. Anyway, the fast-paced numbers come back and the last three songs are perfect. More pipes and gang vocals can be heard on “T.G.I.J.”. “Sailors” is a top-notch number à la Dropkick Murphys featuring “The Blarney Pilgrim” on pipes And, finally, the highest peak is reached with the band’s second single and video, the anthemic bagpipes number “Never Stop”.

Matze (drums), Woll (bagpipes, mandolin, whistles), Günther (vocals, tin whistle), Denis (guitars) and Schirra (bass, vocals) have released a brilliant debut album. My advice: get a copy, grab your favourite beer and sing along!

Track listing:

01 - Intro 0:37
02 - Cheerio 1:55
03 - Sickness And Death 2:58
04 - Year In & Year Out 2:30
05 - Sheer Whiskey 3:07
06 - Mr. Radio 1.34
07 - State Of Unrest 2:43
08 - Beerbongs'n'Bourbon 2:40
09 - T.G.I.J. 2:35
10 - Sailors 3:06
11 - Never Stop 3.07


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Sunday, December 10, 2017


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017-12-02 ALBUM REVIEW AND NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD - CASSIDY'S BREWERY "One Brew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (2017)

Cassidy's Brewery "One Brew over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Release date: November 18, 2017
Running time: 32:21, 10 tracks

The Serbian Celtic punk / rock scene is alive and kicking. Well-known bands have released their CDs in 2017 (Orthodox Celts, Irish Stew of Sindidun), but also a new band has delivered their debut album: Casssidy’s Brewery. Hailing from Belgrade, Cassidy’s Brewery are a beer-soaked Celtic punk band. They were established in 2008, but their current line-up dates from 2016. They are Uroš Marjanovic aka “Dain” (lead vocals, tin whistle, accordion), Nikola Zecevic  aka “Zec” (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Nemanja Jovanovic aka “Neca” (lead guitar, backing vocals), Damjan Dakic (fiddle), Stanko Zecevic aka “Pirke” (bass), and Nikola Milojkovic  aka “Japanac” (drums, lead and backing vocals).

Their debut album is titled “One Brew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. The title is based on the Ken Kesey’s book “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. A movie was shot in 1975 and Jack Nicholson got his first Academy award. Then, I daresay that Cassidy’s Brewery are taken a Jack Nicholson approach.

The final result is quite good. The five originals are top-notch and the 5 covers get the Cassidy’s Brewery treatment. Unfortunately, most of them are overexposed standards. The set of tunes “Loboscouse” is my fave. The lads have chosen “The Fermoy Lasses” (Irish Stew of Sindidun added recently this reel to one of his songs too) and “The Musical Priest”. “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” and “Ye Jacobites by Name” have been arranged in the right way while “Rolling Down to Old Maoui” sounds similar to The Dreadnoughts rendition.

The self-penned songs are the proof that Cassidy’s Brewery’s future is bright. The opening numbers “Sail Away” and “Old Man’s Bones” have a Celtic punk sound that can rival with the best German bands, thanks to the fiddle and the accordion. “Heroes” was the first track that we ever heard by Cassidy’s Brewery. They released a video clip for this excellent track some months ago. Finally, “Punkchevo” and “Mariner” are a couple of punk goes metal songs.

One Brew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is available at Bandcamp as a Name Your Price download, and the lyrics to all of the songs can be found there too.

Track listing

01. Sail Away 04:06   
02. Old Man's Bones 03:16   
03. Raggle Taggle Gypsy 02:56
04. Drunken Sailor 02:16   
05. Lobscouse 02:38   
06. Rolling Down To Old Maui 03:28
07. Ye Jacobites By Name 03:12
08. Heroes 03:12
09. Punkchevo 02:44   
10. Mariner 04:11


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Monday, November 27, 2017

2017-11-27 ALBUM REVIEW - IRISH STEW OF SINDIDUN "City of Grigs" (2017)

Irish Stew of Sindidun "City of Grigs" Ammonite Records CD051
Release date: October 16, 2017
Running Time: 35:14, 10 tracks

Irish Stew of Sindidun have recently released “City of Grigs”, their fourth studio album and follow-up to their CD from 2011 “New Tomorrow”. Ana Milanovic left the band and the current fiddler is Nemanja Jovanovic. Apart from this line-up change, Irish Stew of Sindidun have released their new album with a new label, Ammonite Records.

City Of Grigs” comes in a jewel case with a 16 page booklet. Ten songs have made the album, which is an interesting Celtic pop-rock work. There are seven original numbers and three covers. Regarding  the original songs, five have been written by the band leader Bojan Petrovic, one by Bojan and fiddler Nemanja and another one by Dejan Grujic. The production is excellent and the sound is based on fiddle banjo and tin whistle.

Bojan’s songs are the tracks no. 1, 3, 4, 6 and 8. “Stranger” is a fantastic opener that sets the pace for the rest of the album. “Heavier than Sin” was the first single from the album. A video clip was released for this song that features “The Fermoy Lasses” reel at the end, a tune that The Dubliners used to play together with “Sporting Paddy”. “Awake” has a livelier beginning and the banjo-fiddle-whistle tune is spotless too. “Holiday” has a Christy Moore spin. And “Emerald Blue” is a kick-ass Celtic pop-rock number.

The Old City Keeper” is the only instrumental on “City of Grigs”, but I’s one of the highlights on the album. It has a funky touch that reminds me of Canadian band Mad Pudding. Hats off!

Drink and Sing” is probably the most upbeat cut on the CD. This number was written by the Orthodox Celts bassist Dejan Grujic. As you probably know, Bojan joined the Orthodox Celts around 2011 and played the whistles till 2016.

Finally, Irish Stew of Sindidun deliver 3 covers too. My fave is Peadar Kearney’s song “Down by the Glenside”. Many bands insist on covering the same The Dubliners / The Clancy Brothers songs. However, Irish Stew of Sindidun have proved that there are other gems that should be re-arranged.  “Paddy’s Lamentation” is another good choice and, IMHO, “Step it out Mary” is maybe the softer cover of the three.

City of Grigs” shows a different side of Irish Stew of Sindidun. The band’s sound is easily recognizable, but they have pushed it to a calm direction. They have taken The Corrs folkier moments and added some drops of Capercaillie and Four Men and a Dog to the mix. The final result is an amazing Celtic pop-rock album.

Track listing:

01. Stranger 2:47
02. Paddy's Lamentation 3:23
03. Heavier Than Sin 4:05
04. Awake 3:28
05. Drink And Sing 1:59
06. Holiday 4:07
07. The Old City Keeper 2:50
08. Emerald Blue 3:44
09. Down By The Glenside 3:59
10. Step It Out Mary 4:27


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Sunday, November 26, 2017


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Thursday, November 23, 2017


Barleycorn Bastards "Hops & Dreams"
Release date: May 1, 2016
Running time: 13:58, 5 tracks

Barleycorn Bastards are a five piece band hailing from Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The band was established in 2013 and the line-up is Sid (guitar, vocals), Maarten (tin whistle, vocals),  Martin (drums, vocals),  Niels (bass, shouting) and Elmar (banjo, backing vocals). I had never heard of them, but recently the guys from London Celtic Punks posted on their facebook that Barleycorn Bastards were touring England. Then I found that they had released a 5 track EP in 2016. I was really impressed and therefore I decided to write an EP review.

The Barleycorn Bastards EP is titled “Hops & Dreams” and is based on covers. However, the lads have chosen songs that are not overexposed (tracks 2 and 4) or have given a new spin to some well-known standards (tracks 1 and 5).

The first track on the EP is “Nancy Whiskey”. The Barleycorn Bastards' approach reminds me of an Australian band that I reviewed some months ago, Sailors Grave. Apart from that, the tin whistle gets an “in yer face” treatment that reminds me of The Skels.

Some people will be familiar with the next number, “Bully Boys”, as it was featured on the "Robin Hood" movie with Rusell Crowe and ex-Great Big Sea member Alan Doyle plays this song on their brand new album. Electric guitar, banjo and tin whistle will make you enjoy this cut.

The following song, “Banjo Breakdown” is a fast-paced number with yeeha shouts and addictive banjo and tin whistle.

The banjo starts slowly on the shanty “Coast of High Barbary”. But the band goes mental on the second half of the song which is led by a manic tin whistle.

The last song on the album is “All for me Grog”. The banjo intro sounds similar to a song by their fellow countrymen Drunken Dolly, but the song evolves into a Dutch answer to The Skels.

Hops & Dreams” is available as a Name Your Price download on Bandcamp. Besides, three songs are on rotation on Celtic Folk Punk radio since November 2.

After having listened to this brilliant EP, I’m looking forward to hearing the debut album by these lads.

Track listing

1. Nancy Whiskey 02:09   
2. Bully Boys 02:19   
3. Banjo Breakdown 01:43   
4. Coast of High Barbary 03:49
5. All for me Grog 03:48


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017-11-22 MINI ALBUM REVIEWS - THE GREEN DUCK "1er EP" (2015) and "2ème EP" (2017)

The Green Duck "1er EP"
Release date: July 28, 2015
Running time: 29:02, 8 tracks

The Green Duck is a French three piece band: Grégoire Butaeye (fiddle and background vocals, from Brittany) Laurent Réval (lead vocals, harmonica and drums, from Montepellier) and Lionel Fouchet (guitar, mandolin, background vocals, from Paris). This is the official line-up, but often they are joined by a banjoist and a bassist.

Their first CD was a mini-album released in 2015. That mini-album consists of 5 studio tracks and 3 live tracks. The studio tracks were recorded and mixed by Steph Legrand, who also played the bass on the first track. The live tracks were recorded by Bertrand Truptil.

The Green Duck set-list is based mainly on Irish standards, but there is enough place for the odd bluegrass number, some celtic style covers of rock classics and some originals. Then, the track listing on their first CD follows the same approach.

The mini-album kicks off with “Blow it away”. This amazing song was written by Laurent. It’s more bluegrass than Celtic, and guest Manu Bertrand plays dobro and banjo.

The next three numbers are Irish standards: “Drunken Sailor”, “Step it out Mary” and “Whiskey in the Jar”. These songs have been covered by a lot of bands, but the arrangements are top-notch. “Drunken Sailor” features the tune “Drowsy Maggie”. "Step it out Mary” has a beginning that reminds me of Louise Attaque, together with interesting fiddle arrangements and backing vocals. “Whiskey in the Jar” has some appealing fiddle arrangements too.

Track no. 5 ("Around the World") is the kind of number that I love: a kick-ass set of tunes. The three members do a great job.

The last three tracks are the live ones. Jean Marc Delon plays the banjo while Billy plays the bass. “Dirty Old Town” is played with gusto. “American Land” is a badass number too. “Highway to Hell” gets a country spin and the final result is awesome.

Track listing:

1 - Blow it Away 4:15
2 - Drunken Sailor 2:37
3 - Step it out Mary 3:40
4 - Whiskey in the Jar 2:32
5 - Around the World 2:31
6 - Dirty Old Town (live) 4:04
7 - American Land (live) 5:14
8 - Highway to Hell (live) 4:10

The Green Duck "2e EP"
Release date: July 12, 2017
Running time: 28:12, 8 tracks

Two years later, The Green Duck have released their second mini-album. Once again, there are 8 tracks, but all of them are studio takes. “On the Rise” is the first cut on their second CD. It has been written by Laurent Réval (lyrics) and Lionel Fouchet (music) and recorded and mixed by Steph Legrand. After listening to this gem I keep on wondering why these guys have not recorded more self-penned stuff.

The other 7 tracks on the mini-album were mixed and mastered by Lionel Fouchet. Even if they have been recorded at the studio, all of them have a “live” spirit. Regarding the standards, I’ve enjoyed their renditions of “Johnny I hardly knew Ye”, “The Foggy Dew” and “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy”, because the arrangements add something new.

Fortunately, there is a set of tunes on this new CD:Paddy on the Turnpike and Tommy’s Tarbukas”. Maybe another set of tunes instead of a cover of a pub standards would have been better for the tracks balance.

The Green Duck’s second mini-album is over with “Hush Little Baby”. No, it’s not a cover of The Men They Couldn’t Hang's song, but the well-known lullaby. Weird choice, but it works.

Track listing:

1 - On the Rise 3:54
2 - Galway Girl 3:03
3 - Johnny I Hardly knew ya 4:47
4 - The Foggy Dew 3:53
5 - Paddy on the Turnpike and Tommy's Tarbukas 2:34
6 - The raggle Taggle Gypsy 3:15
7 - The Wild Rover 4:22
8 - Hush Little Baby 2:25



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Review by Kinksmarkham

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

2017-11-09 ALBUM REVIEW - TORTILLA FLAT "Forward to the Past" (2017)

Tortilla Flat "Forward to the Past"
Release date: November 3, 2017
Running time: 43:25, 12 tracks

Tortilla Flat (Lagenthal, Switzerland) have just released their 7th album, “Forward to the Past”. Their brand new recording has been produced by the band and their longtime producer Mauro Grossud (he has been working with Tortilla Flat since
At the Tavern”, their album from 2005). The title track is obviously related to the movie “Back to the Future”. One of the tracks is an ode to the vinyl singles (“45 r.p.m.”) and several old songs have been revisited too.

There are different groups of songs on “Forward to the Past”. First of all, three instrumentals can be heard, the opening track and the last two tracks on the album. I feel that more instrumentals should be written by Celtic punk/rock bands and therefore I’ve enjoyed Tortilla Flat’s efforts. “1946” is a kick-ass intro featuring bagpipes (The Independent Pipers) and accordion (Asi MacHasi). The traditional tune “Bear March” kicks off with powerful pipes and then the Ramones infused rhythm section joins. The closing number “When the Roses Start Growing Black” is a poignant number based on acoustic instruments: guitar, accordion (Asi MacHasi) and fiddle (Christine Sdiri).

The second bunch would be the songs that were previously recorded. Original versions of “Tough Love” and “Don’t Ask Why” can be found on Tortilla Flat’s debut album “In the Grip of the Grape” (1996). The Independent Pipers give a new lease of life to those old numbers. “Tough Love” is an interesting song whose sound reminds me of Bob Dylan. Christine Sdiri also guests on “Don’t Ask Why”, a mid-tempo punk pop number.

Usually Celtic punks bands tend to cover the same songs. Fortunately, Tortilla Flat have chosen a couple of fresh songs. Phil Coulter’s “The Town I Loved so Well” is a killer track. It differs from other badass renditions (The Devils Advocates and California Celts), as it gets the Tortilla Flat’s pipes and Ramones treatment. “Seven Drunken Nights” is one of The Dubliners’ greatest hits. A previous version can be found on Tortilla Flat’s fifth album “A Trainload Full of Stout”. Nevertheless, the fans will prefer the new pipes arrangements.

Tortilla Flat showcase a quieter side on “Forward as One” and “You Thought You’d Get Away”. Both of them could be filed together with some Black Tartan Clan's songs.

Finally, three tracks have the Tortilla Flat’s trade mark. “The 45 rpm” was the first single and “F.U.C.K.U.” the second one. They are Ramones infused catchy songs. But my fave is the excellent “Little Wild Rose”.

Forward to the Past” will be available on vinyl in December 2017, but digital copies can be  bought now from the main retailers. BTW, the album cover has been made by Frankie from The Rumjacks.

Track listing:

01 - 1946 1:22
02 - The 45 Rpm 3:50
03 - Forward as One 3:33
04 - The Town I Loved so Well 4:53
05 - Tough Love 2016 5:10
06 - F.U.C.K.U. 4:01
07 - Little Wild Rose 3:09
08 - You Thought You'd Get Away 4:16
09 - Seven Drunken Nights 4:15
10 - Don't Ask Why 2016 3:59
11 - Bear March 2:17
12 - When the Roses Start Growing Black 2:12


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Monday, November 6, 2017


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RATS - Do meu jeito

Error99 - Moon

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Friday, November 3, 2017


Some videos that were added last month to the Celtic Folk Punk YouTube channel. Don't miss any update, subscribe!

The Wailin Banshees - Step it Out Mary

Restless Feet - Waste my Throat

Toxic Frogs - Go!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017-11-02 NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD - HAWTHORN "RavenWood" (2017)

Hawthorn are a duo from Tucson, Arizona. They were members of West Winds (our Band of the Month in December 2015) and they've just released a 6 track EP titled "RavenWood". The songs are already on rotation at Celtic Folk Punk radio.

"A dark, heart pounding style of Celtic punk full of raw energy and a romantically mournful sound. Additional guest vocals courtesy of Zane Zway.  All songs written/arranged by Hawthorn."


Sarah Elizabeth - Vocals, Flute, Whistle, Harp, Uilleann Pipes
Brent Anderson - Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Upright Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Hurdy Gurdy, Bodhran, Cello





Thursday, October 26, 2017

2017-10-26 ALBUM REVIEW - THE BABES "Greetings from London" (2017)

The Babes "Greetings from London"
Release date: August 15, 2017
Running time: 32:32, 12 tracks

Two guys (Matt and Mao) met at IMW campus where they wanted to learn to record their own music. They talked about starting a band similar to The Pogues. Time went by and finally they formed The Babes, a new bagpipes punk band based in London. 

Some Czech guys have the same idea some years ago and Pipes and Pints were born. Curiously both The Babes and Pipes and Pints blend bagpipes and punk, but the link to The Pogues is not so obvious. In fact, I daresay that The Babes' attitude is closer to The Rusty Nails’ approach. The Rusty Nails from Pennsylvannia were probably the first band to play bagpipes (punk) rock without being pigeonholed as Celtic.

The Babes debut album is titled “Greetings from London” and the artwork idea is based on a postcard. “Greetings from London”was engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Mao Holiday. Mao plays the gaita asturiana (Asturian pipes) and sings, Matt Ren Ex plays the bass and sings and Marvin plays the drums.

The album kicks off with a badass bagpipes instrumental: "The Awakening".  As Mao learnt to play the bagpipes in Xixón, the tune has an Asturian touch. The next number is called “Gold Star” and it’s their single. Once again, the folk spirit is more Asturian than Scottish on this midtempo song.

The Babes move to the hardcore territory on “Down Here”. The following cut, “Do Something”, is a fantastic number where the pipes sound like sirens. “Lima-Limón” gets a streetpunk treatment. “Song of Finola” is one of my faves and it follows the same path of “Gold Star”.

The only cover on “Greetings from London” is track no. 7, “Rampton Song” (Disorder). “Kids” is another highlight and sometimes reminds me of Sham 69. Mao sings lead vocals in Spanish on “Dandellions”: kick-ass song featuring a bagpipes march.

Tomorrow seems so far away” was The Babes first song and video, and it’s the only track that features electric guitar. Awesome number, isn’t it? The Babes come back to the streetpunk end with the amazing “The Choice is up to You”.

Chia Sue” is the closing number. It has an intro à la The Stooges but soon evolves into a hardcore number. Mao sings in Spanish in a song about the role played by the Catholic Church in South America, specifically in his own country (Colombia).

The Babes play their own blend of punk and bagpipes. Celtic punk? Punk folk? Folk Punk? Let’s say bagpipes punk. Probably not your usual bagpipes punk, but highly recommendable. As Gord Taylor said in an interview: “(…) my advice for new bands who wanna play bagpipes in their band…don’t worry about trying to be ‘Celtic Punk Rock’. Just try to be Fucking Good!” And The Babes are fecking good!

Track listing:

01 - The Awakening 1:18
02 - Gold Star 4:03
03 - Down Here 1:46
04 - Do Something 1:52
05 - Lima Limon 2:29
06 - Song of Finola 3:55
07 - Rampton Song 1:31
08 - Kids 2:11
09 - Tomorrow Seems So Far Away 4:55
10 - Dandelions 3:18
11 - The Choice is up to you 1:46
12 - Chia Sue 3:01



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Review by Kinksmarkham

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017-10-22 NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD - THE REAL McCOYS "Barfly" (2017)

The Real McCoys (Josh Raught - vocals/guitar/banjo/spoons/mandolin, Barty Rodriguez - guitar/banjo/accordion/xylophone/vocals, Jeremy González - bass/vocals and Tommy Alba - drums and percussion) have just released their sophomore album, "Barfly".

The album was recorded by the band at Casa de Josh and is available as a Name Your Price download at Bandcamp.

Some songs are already on rotation at Celtic Folk Punk Radio.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017-10-18 ALBUM REVIEW - MAD MAN'S CREW "Riot without Weapons" (2017)

Mad Man's Crew "Riot without Weapons"
Release date: September 10, 2017
Running time: 40:39, 11 tracks

Hungarian band Mad Man’s Crew is going pretty fast. The band from Queen’s City (Veszprém) was established in 2015, they released a 4 track demo in 2016, then some video clips and finally their debut album has just been delivered.

Levente Molnár (guitar, lead vocals), Attila Nagy (accordion, vocals), Tamás Szikszai (tin whistle, trumpet, vocals), János Varga (bass) and Balázs Krajcsi (drums) define their music as punk rock. Neither (Celtic) folk punk, nor pub’n’roll, but punk rock. There are accordion and tin whistle on their songs, but also electric guitar and trumpet. Given their approach,  I’d file them together with bands such as Michael and The Wolfhounds, Hooligan’s Mountain or Strawdaze.

The album is titled “Riot without Weapons” and obviously Woody Guthrie’s guitar comes to mind straightaway. “Anthem of the Anarchists” is one of the hottest moments on the album with electric guitar and trumpet. “Way to Go” (one of the songs from the demo, featuring guest Máté Horváth on vocals) is another top-notch track with tin whistle, accordion and two vocalists. The bonus track in Hungarian “Igyál velünk!” is an excellent number with some reggae at the beginning and some ska punk at the end. And album openers “Leave Behind” and “Darling, Darling, Go to Hell” (featuring guest Júlia Seres on flute) are other highlights too.

Other interesting cuts are the songs from the demo “Drunken Society”, “Sit Back and Relax”, and “Orange Country”, together with “Riot”, a song that vocally can remind of Paddy and The Rats.

Mad Man’s CrewRiot without Weapons” comes in a gatefold sleeve with the line-up, guests, studio credits and a “content disclaimer”. There is no lyric booklet, but lyrics videos for all of the songs are available at the band’s YouTube channel.

It’s hard to say which is the best (Celtic) folk punk scene in Europe, but one thing is for sure: Hungary has one of the most appealing scenes. And Mad Man’s Crew are offering something different from other Hungarian bands.

Track listing:

01 - Leave Behind 3:15
02 - Darling, Darling, Go to Hell 3:44
03 - Drunken Society 3:13
04 - Sit Back and Relax 3:11
05 - Orange Country 3:26
06 - Riot 3:40
07 - Anthem of the Anarchists 4:29
08 - From Paris with Love 3:46
09 - Don't Care (about the Past) 4:45
10 - Way to Go 2:58
11 - Igyál Velünk 4:05


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Monday, October 16, 2017


Celtic Punkcast is an Australian podcast hosted by Gareth Olver. There are 7 episodes so far and these are the latest playlists:

Episode #6 September 2017

THE MAHONES - Mahones Medley

NECK - Always Upsettin' Somebody
AMADAN - Nevr 9to5

PADDY AND THE RATS - Bully In The Alley
THE AMERICAN WAKE - She Swears Like A Sailor

Pour Decisions
Ye Banks And Braes
Scottish And Proud

AMONGST THE WOLVES - The Rose And The Blaggard
SYDNEY CITY TRASH - Dirty Windscreens

PIPES AND PINTS - Bravehearts

BLAGGARDS - Big Strong Man

THE BABES - The Awakening

THE LANGERS BALL - Johnny, You're A Rovin Blade
CELKILT - On The Table

ROUGHNECK RIOT - Million Miles
BLACKEYED DEMPSEY - Sail Away To Amerikay

An Irish Pub Song
No Pockets In A Shroud
A Fistful O Roses

CRAIC - Hold The Penny
1916 - For Whiskey

SHAMBOLICS - Filfee Feevin Bastards
TOXIC FROGS - I'm Standing For You

THE FIGHTING JAMESONS - Ghost Ship Baltimore

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Monday, October 9, 2017

2017-10-09 ALBUM REVIEW - FATUM "Sing mir noch ein Lied" (2017)

Fatum "Sing mir noch ein Lied"
Release date: June 16, 2017
Running time: 40:10, 10 tracks

Germany has always had some interesting non-Celtic folk punk bands, from instance the bands from the Pforzheim folk-punk scene (Across the Border, Ratsbane and Scatterbrains) or Mutabor from Berlin. Fatum hail from the Eifel area. They used to play traditional Irish tunes in their earlier years and they evolved into a real folk-punk / cow punk band sung in German. Fatum are Jiewesch Michel (vocals, accordion), Mucki (vocals, bass, banjo), Andi (vocals, mandolin), Ocean (guitar) and Josch (drums). When Celtic punk bands mention their influences, usually they say Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Tossers or The Mahones. However, Fatum state that their influences are the likes of The Pogues, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, The Whisky Priests and The Ukranians. And I must say that this is exactly how they sound.

Sing mir noch ein Lied” comes in a digipack with a 12 page booklet. There are 10 songs that have been written by three members, Michel, Mucki and Andi. I have particularly enjoyed tracks 1 2, 5, 6 and 9. The opening cut “Sing mir noch ein Lied” is an Across the Border meets The Whisky Priests song showcasing mandolin, accordion and vocal harmonies. “Tanzen” is a drinking song that also has a The Whisky Priests touch (a passage reminds me of “The Hard Men”). “Novembertag” blends ska and East European beats (Fatum sound like the bastard sons of The Waxie’s and The Ukranians). “Einsam und allein” is an amazing uptempo song featuring accordion while “Morgenschlund” is a fast-paced accordion and mandolin driven number.

The other tracks are a couple of pirate numbers (the upbeat “Gelobtes Land” and “1.000 Mann und der Klabautermann”), an early pogues-ish song (“König Alcohol”), the most German sounding song on the album (“Berlin”) and the closing number, probably inspired by Werner Herzog’s film “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (“Conquestadores” [sic]).

Fatum have moved away from the usual Celtic punk standards. They sing in their mother tongue and their main influences come from European bands from the 90's. Anyway, the average Celtic punk fan will find quite a few interesting songs on “Sing mir noch ein Lied”.

Track listing:

01 - Sing mir noch ein Lied 3:36
02 - Tanzen 3:05
03 - Gelobtes Land 4:24
04 - König Alkohol 3:41
05 - Novembertag 4:09
06 - Einsam und allein 3:35
07 - 1000 Mann und der Klabauterman 4:11
08 - Berlin 4:16
09 - Morgenschlund 3:48
10 - Conquestadores (sic) 5:25

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Review by Kinksmarkham

Sunday, October 8, 2017


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