Another milestone falls as we reach our 400th post.
There’s a hell of a lot of very good media out there featuring celtic-punk. We are only a tiny part of that and we certainly know our limitations. We have always though tried to be more than just a reviews page and while there are much better places to keep up to date on news within the scene we’d like to offer up something a little different to all the others. So let’s give you a small insight first into why the 30492- London Celtic Punks blog began. Start by checking out our first post from way way back on 6th July 2013 and see how far we have come in both look and content!
The idea behind the London Celtic Punks came from a bunch of Celtic supporting punks who were starting to get or already interested in celtic-punk music. A bunch of us had been to two recent gigs where the bands were treated terribly and thought we could do a better job and if not maybe pay them as much we could certainly show them a much better time. The first was Flatfoot 56 who a decade ago this year came to London from Chicago to play at the Hope And Anchor in Islington only to have to play first at 7-45 pm to just ten people. The second was The Go Set a short while later who also played the Hope And Anchor but this time headlined to a massive crowd but the £40 they got wouldn’t have helped their transports cost from Australia much. Someone was coining it in here and it was not the bands. What was needed was a non-profit DIY outfit that had the interests of the bands and the scene at heart. That was where we came in. With a fifteen year history of putting on regular DIY cheap and cheerful punk gigs in London as the Making Punk A Treat Again team we knew the ins and outs of doing it so we started putting on a few gigs for mainly out of town bands. We have raised money for various causes that are dear to our hearts and at the moment are raising money for the Justice For The Craigavon 2 campaign follow the link to find out more about this awful miscarriage of justice. It wasn’t long before we began to receive the odd CD from people looking to play or just to network and make friends so it made sense at the time (!) to start something where we could review and promote them. This would lead to what you are reading now. It is mainly review based. On average we receive 2-3 records a week. Of these we review 1-2 of them and on average about 7-9 a month. Not everything we get fits what we review which is mainly celtic/folk-punk and diaspora music (artists who either come from or are descended from the celtic nations) and what falls through the gaps we either don’t like or just don’t get round to reviewing for different reasons, the main one being time. Over time we have covered Hip-Hop, Metal, Punk, Folk and everything in between so to say we have a strict guideline isn’t exactly true. We also prefer to review mainly DIY releases but again this isn’t a strict policy and we occasionally venture into the mainstream if it fits and if its good enough. The last albums from Dexys and The Proclaimers being good examples. So what is the point of this I hear you asking yourselves. Well the truth is we need more reviewers/contributors. There are only so many ways you can use the word catchy in a sentence and I think I have used them all!
The blog is done for nothing and as anyone who has ever put on a gig will know it’s certainly not done for any financial benefit. It’s done for free to kick start a debate, spark up a conversation, to make people laugh, smile, chat, to network, to bring people together, to give them comfort and support and promote the values that we hold dear. Which is why we are opening our arms out to you, dear reader. When this started the utterly brilliant Celtic Folk Punk And More blog was the main inspiration. Being based in Spain though Waldo was naturally concentrating on mainland Europe so was missing a lot over this side of the water so we spotted a gap in the market and we sailed right in. We have been going now long enough that no doubt some of our regular readers must think
“Good God how many times is he going to use the word catchy today?”
“I can do that, how hard can it be?”
if so then here is your invitation. Come and write for the 30492- London Celtic Punks site. There’s no money in it. For you or anyone. Think of it as a bit of fun, a stress release, because that’s what we do. We are not looking for anything too regular and we don’t, and never will, work to deadlines but if there’s a record, gig or festival you are passionate about then write down your thoughts and it will find a happy home here. It doesn’t stop there either. We regularly feature our Steppin’ Stones- Classic Album Reviews where we take old, sometimes forgotten (sometimes not) records and write about the history of the artists involved and their links through music up to the modern day. The history and future of celtic-punk and your favourite bands and figures and inspiration for the scene. Celtic-punk is now worldwide from Brazil to Indonesia to Russia to South Africa so how or why did you come to like this very particular music. There is no competition just co-operation. We have also featured football before but not as often as we like so just as long as it’s from the heart then there’s a multitude of ways to contribute.
I never in my wildest dreams thought we would reach 400 posts and seeing our audience rising every year has given us immense satisfaction that we are getting it right. Use the Contact me section and let me know what you want to write about and we will take it from there.
Let’s together make this site bigger and better.
Sláinte mhaith, The London Celtic Punks Crew- October, 2017