NEW SINGLE: MADIGAN’S WAKE LEADING THE NEW WAVE OF AUSSIE CELTIC-PUNK

Australian Celtic-Punk band, Madigan’s Wake, have done it again, this time in blistering fashion. In a breakout year for them where their self-titled their debut single made waves throughout the Celtic-Punk scene their third single ‘Thunderbolt’ promises to round off an amazing year, and positions them as one of many Australian Celtic punk bands to watch out for in 2023.

Captain Thunderbolt was the last of the professional bushrangers in New South Wales. Frederick Ward (his real name) had become something of a folk hero due to his gentlemanly behaviour and his tendency to avoid violence. Nonetheless he went on a crime spree through New South Wales and often took his wife (Mary Bugg) and children with him on his journeys. A spree in Dungog, Stroud and Singleton from November 1863 to January 1864 involved the entire bushranging family. He was given the nickname, Captain Thunderbolt, after he startled a customs officer from his sleep by banging loudly on the door. The startled officer is claimed to remarked,

“By God, I thought it must have been a thunderbolt”.

After being caught and imprisoned at Cockatoo Island he escaped and continued his robbing spree. Ward was eventually shot by Constable Walker (an off-duty policeman) in 1870 after a dramatic showdown in swamp land near Uralla, NSW. Hundreds flocked to see his body on display and, for a shilling, you could buy a postcard of his bullet-ridden body.

A statue of Ward was commissioned at the intersection of New England Highway and Thunderbolts Way, Uralla, New South Wales. This statue has divided the community and raised the debate as to whether he was a villain or an anti-authoritarian convict hero who, in a gentlemanly way, fought against the oppressive establishment. In any case Madigan’s Wake continues to tell his story without judgement or prejudice.

THUNDERBOLT – THE GENTLEMAN OUTLAW

Freddy Ward was born in 1835
In Wilberforce and Windsor he was raised
Son of convict Michael Ward, the youngest there of ten
He started stealing horses as his trade
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
He tried the straight and narrow working stations in New South
His horseman skills they duly made his name
But nephew Johnny Garbutt did convince him otherwise
To use his skill to make unlawful gain
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
You can’t outrun the law and eventually they were caught
And sentenced to ten years at Cockatoo
But Freddy did escaped and fell in love with Mary Bugg
And the two of them together they shot through
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
And so it’s true eventually complacency sets in
He dropped his guard for everyone who saw
And as he tried to get away a trooper chanced upon
And with one shot he rode into folklore
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
And so it’s true my friends
That Freddy got his whack
But he never shot, or killed or stabbed or maimed
Though he stole and pillaged
His demeanour never changed
The gentleman outlaw he will remain
And if you pass Uralla
On the New England Highway
You’ll see a statue there that says it all
For there is no rhyme or reason
Why a good man does go bad
By the grace of God go us until we fall
By the grace of God go us until we fall
By the grace of God go us until we fall
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, Thunderbolt
Another fantastic track from Madigan’s Wake. Fast paced, chaotic and blending both Irish and Australian folklore. The band are planning to come over and join us for a few gigs in the UK in the first half of next year. We await their debut album which has already been recorded. Mixed by Brent Quirk and mastered by Tony Mantz from Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering in Melbourne. Release date is set for February 2023 and will be simply titled Madigan’s Wake. We’re really looking forward to this one as should any serious Celtic-Punk supporter or indeed Fan of Irish music.

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