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OCTOBER EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #31 OUT NOW

The Winter’s well and truly here and the rain hasn’t stopped for a bloody fortnight so if you’re in need of warming your cockles then The Celtic Punkcast #31 will do just the job. Follow the link below for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from all over the world.

Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

Hi everyone, welcome again for another month. And i have to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who’s listened to the show because I just saw I’ve hit 10,000 total downloads! Can’t believe it and I’m so grateful to everyone who’s given the show a go! As we push towards 15k downloads we’ll start with the following playlist.

THE LANGERS BALL – Justin’s Favourite

CALICO STREET RIOTS – A Course For Home

HAPPY OL McWEASEL – ‘Break Them Bones’

SELFISH MURPHY – ‘Shades Of Green’

THE BABES – ‘Condemned’ 

THE NARROWBACKS – ‘On The Radio’

CRAIC – ‘Cleveland’

LISTENERS CHOICE: MATTHEW BLACK

NECK – ‘Star Of The County Down’

THE REAL McKENZIES – ‘Northwest Passage’

THE CURRENCY – ‘888’

FRANK TURNER – ‘I Still Believe’

SHILLELAGH LAW – ‘The Way We Do Things Here’

THE GOBSHITES – ‘Guinness Boys’

THE PEELERS – ‘Bastard Of The Bunch’

THE DANGEROUS FOLK – ‘Spike It Up’

DUST RHINOS – The Day After The Night Before’

MR IRISH BASTARD – ‘Black Eye Friday’

You can listen to the September episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here. In August they did a Special Edition to celebrate our tenth anniversary with a episode dedicated to the bands here that helped form and shape the London Celtic Punks from 2009-2019.

SEPTEMBER EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #30 OUT NOW

Here in the UK the Summer is well and truly over and the gloom has arrived so time for our monthly visit to the other side of the world and the land of everlasting sunshine and the new edition of The Celtic Punkcast. Take your minds off the weather and follow the link below for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from all over the world.

Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

G’day again everyone. Another month, another podcast episode. September already, where has this year gone? I have some great music for you all to enjoy, from right around the world including the first Japanese band I’ve played on the show and the featured band are personal favourites of mine, the recently reformed band from Michigan in the USA The Kreelers. Here’s the track list:

HELLCAT MAGGIE – ‘Coppermill Jigs’

SHAMBOLICS – ‘The Banshee’

THE KILLIGANS – ‘Empty Streets’

THE MOORINGS – ‘Friendship’

THE TEMPLARS OF DOOM – ‘Leaving Of Liverpool’

GREENLAND WHALEFISHERS – ‘Waiting’

PADDY AND THE RATS – ‘Red River Prince’

FEATURED BAND: THE KREELERS

‘Barnyards’

‘Ordinary Many’

‘Six 7’

THE FISTICUFFS‘Johnny O’Reilly’

THE REAL McKENZIES – ‘The Massacre of Glencoe’

BASTARDS ON PARADE – ‘The Drifter’

LEXINGTON FIELD – ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide Out Of Suburbia’

THE STUBBY SHILLELAGHS – ‘Drink You Pretty’

CELKILT – ‘The Road That Takes Me Home’

THE CHERRY COKE$ – ‘Rise Again’

You can listen to the September episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

THE CELTIC PUNKCAST PRESENTS THE LONDON CELTIC PUNKS 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Aw shucks them lovely people over at The Celtic Punkcast have gone and done a special edition of the show featuring ten of our favourite songs handpicked by our resident DJ Greenford Bhoy. All bands that we have grown up and grown with and very close to our hearts. Thanks to them all and here’s to another 10…

Follow the link below for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from all over the world.

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Hi everyone and welcome to a special bonus episode of the Celtic Punkcast, celebrating ten years of service from the lads over at the London Celtic Punks site! The fine crew from London Celtic Punks have given me a list of songs too play and without further adieu here they are:

THE BIBLECODE SUNDAYS – ‘Disorganised Crime’

THE WAKES – ‘Never Again’

ANTO MORRA – ‘London Irish’

THE LAGAN – ‘A Song For Jim’

BLACK WATER COUNTY – ‘Under Skies Of Black And Blue’

NECK – ‘Everybody’s Welcome To The Hooley!’

THE ROUGHNECK RIOT – ‘Ignorance Is Easy’

MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS – ‘Bottles Of Rum’

THE CRAICHEADS – ‘Greeting From Another Land’

CLAN OF CELTS – ‘Please Don’t Send Me Home’

You can listen to the London Celtic Punks special episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

THE CELTIC PUNKCAST  LCP EDITION HERE

Check out the special London Celtic Punks 10 year anniversary badge and t-shirt (almost sold out!!) available from the club shop at https://the30492shop.fwscart.com/

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

AUGUST EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #29 OUT NOW

Well here in the UK the sun came out with a vengeance burned everything in sight and has now disappeared since. Typical Summer weather for us in fact. The good thing is the TV keeps promising us a scorching month so we will have plenty of opportunity for some good auld fashioned moaning! Stay happy in the heat with this months Celtic Punkcast. Follow the link below for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from all over the world.

Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

Hey everybody, welcome to the August 2019 show, hope everyone is keeping well and is ready to listen to some great music from 5 different continents and countries as diverse as Australia, The USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Canada, Finland, Germany, France, Scotland and Ireland. This month features a listeners choice, and it’s from Matthew Dodd and a whole heap of kick arse songs. Track list is below.

Check back later in the month for an extra episode of The Celtic Punkcast where we will be featuring an extra special edition celebrating the 10th Anniversary of London Celtic Punks with a bunch of hand picked tracks from the London Celtic Punks Disc Jockey extraordinaire Greenford Bhoy.

THE McMINERS – ‘County Cross’

CAPTAIN TRACTOR – ‘Up The Hill’

CATGUT MARY – ‘Shag On A Rock’

CUTTHROAT SHAMROCK– ‘Down On My Luck’

FLOGGING MOLLY – ‘Salty Dog’

THE O’REILLY’S AND THE PADDYHATS – ‘Boys On The Green’

ALESTORM – ‘Shipwrecked’

 

Listeners Choice by Matthew Dodd:

THE IRISH ROVERS – ‘The Orange And The Green’

THE BLOODY IRISH BOYS – ‘Going Back To Ireland’

DROPKICK MURPHYS – (F)lannigan’s Ball

 

CELKILT – ‘The Best I Can’

THE DIRTY GLASS – ‘Good Morning Eli’

REDHILL RATS – ‘Older’

THE PORTERS – ‘We Call It Punk’

BENNY MAYHEM – ‘Bulwer Street Waltz’

COCKSWAIN – ‘Come Have A Drink With Me’

FINNEGANS HELL – ‘Shane MacGowans Grave’

You can listen to the August episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

JULY EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #28 OUT NOW

The Summer is almost here and any day soon the sun will be splitting the pavements while we all moan about hot it is and start praying for rain. Not though The Celtic Punkcast where every day is a scorcher! Follow the link below for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world.

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G’day again everyone, back again with another podcast. July already! This year is halfway in the books and there’s some great music coming out from across the globe. Great show again this month, with Canadian band The Stanfields being the featured artist and some new tunes from a few bands as well. Let’s dive into the song list.

KILMAINE SAINTS – ‘Quick March’

THE DREADNOUGHTS – ‘Poutine’

THE PUBLICANS – ‘Dublin Stagg’

THE YOUNG DUBLINERS – ‘We The Mighty’

CAPTAIN JACKS ARMY – ‘Just Dance’

ORTHODOX CELTS – ‘I Wish You The Very Worst’

THE KREELERS – ‘Saints And Sinners’

 

FEATURED ARTIST: THE STANFIELDS

‘Fight Song’

‘The Road To Guysborough’

‘Ship To Shore’

 

THE RUMPLED – ‘Grace O’Malley’

BLACK TARTAN CLAN – ‘Standing Strong’

SYDNEY CITY TRASH – ‘Aiming To Sin (Unscrew The Whiskey)’

GYPSY VANNER – ‘South Australia’

THE MUCKERS – ‘Let’s All Go To The Bar’

FIDDLERS GREEN – ‘One Fine Day’

THE TOSSERS – ‘Aye Sir’

You can listen to the July episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

JUNE EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #27 OUT NOW

Despite internet problems out there in the Outback our good friend Gareth is back with another of your favourite Celtic-Punk podcasts. Follow the link for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world.

Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

Hi again everybody, welcome back to the Celtic Punkcast. Unfortunately I was a bit late getting this episode out due to circumstances beyond my control but hopefully you’ll think this months show is worth the wait because there’s some killer music in this one, including some new tracks from some European artists and the return of Listeners Choice. Track list is below and don’t forget i’m selling t-shirts and stickers on Facebook too.

SELFISH MURPHY – ‘After Crying’

THE PORTERS – ‘The Rising Of The Moon’

THE FATTY FARMERS – ‘The American Dream’

BLOOD OR WHISKEY – ‘Time Over Time’

FLATFOOT 56 – ‘Penny’

THE CLAN – ‘Rebel Town’

THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY – ‘One Tree Hill’

 

LISTENERS CHOICE – ERIN KELLY

Celtic-Punk listener, Hockey lover, GB Packer aficionado, and crazy cat lady!

DROPKICK MURPHYS – ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’

THE REAL McKENZIES – ‘Stephens Green’

RAISE MY KILT – ‘The Wild Rover’ 

 

AMADAN – ‘Another Brass Rail’

CRAIC THE LENS – ‘Play White Noise’

PIPES AND PINTS – ‘Fist Of Defiance’

THE LUCKY TROLLS – ‘Dirty Old Jack’

BLACK RAWK DOG – ‘Shine And Fun’

THE DRINK HUNTERS – ‘Warriors Soul’

FLATCAPS AND FISTICUFFS – ‘Royals’

Thanks for listening, much more to come!

You can listen to the June episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

MAY EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #26 OUT NOW

It’s May the summer is nearly upon us but the sun continues beating down on The Celtic Punkcast. Follow the link for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world.

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Hello once again from Punkcast Central overlooking the spectacular Grampians mountain range here in Victoria, Australia. Another month and now 26 episodes down. A regular show feature, the featured artist, returns for the first time this year and it’s Minnesota’s Langer’s Ball who won the twitter poll, beating out three other great bands. Lot’s of great tracks from across the globe this month, and don’t forget I’m selling t shirts and shit now too so jump on and grab one.

Anyway here’s the track list for this month

THE MUDMEN – ‘Pipers Rant’

THE DEAD SOUTH – ‘The Dead South’

THE PORTERS – ‘Son Of This Town’

THE TEMPLARS OF DOOM – ‘Chinese Rock’

BRUTUS’ DAUGHTERS – ‘Fake Pot Of Gold’

RAISE MY KILT – ‘1982’

THE PUBCRAWLERS – ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Featured Artist

THE LANGERS BALL

‘Cork Dry Gin’ / ‘I’ll Tell Me Ma’ / ‘Kick Around’

MOSCHE DI VELLUTO GRIGIO – ‘Glasgow Town’

CAPTAIN TRACTOR – ‘Dublin Lullaby’

THE BOTTLERS – ‘Take Back The Streets’

THE STANFIELDS – ‘Run The Banks’

BLACKBEARDS TEA PARTY – ‘Leviathan’

DROPKICK MURPHYS – ‘Echoes On ‘A’ Street’

BLACK ANEMONE – ‘Sing Along For The Unlucky Ones’

Thanks for listening, much more to come!

You can listen to the May episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

APRIL EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #25 OUT NOW

It’s April and though its miserable as sin here in Blighty the sun never goes down for The Celtic Punkcast. Follow the link for over an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world.

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G’day everyone, hope you’re all recovered from the Celtic celebrations of March, the celebration is still going here at Punkcast Central however as it’s the shows second birthday! To celebrate I have a great line up of music, a new feature called ‘Listeners Choice’ and a few other things I’m working on. Ok without any more rambling than is necessary here’s this months playlist:

BLAGGARDS  – ‘Kerfuffleful’

DRUNKEN DOLLY – ‘Hold On’

IN FOR A PENNY – ‘Fore The Devil’

SMZB – ‘Scream For Life’

THE CURRENCY – ‘Victoria Rose’

THE McMINERS – ‘Left Behind’

BACKSEAT HOOLIGANS – ‘Battered Mug’

LISTENERS CHOICE as selected by WALDO KINKSMARKHAM

FIRKIN – ‘Hold My Beer’

THE CLOVES AND THE TOBACCO – ‘Too Much Trouble’

SIR REG – ‘Far Away’

FLOGGING MOLLY – ‘Drunken Lullabies’

MICKY RICKSHAW  ‘Home In Song’

THE CLOSET SQUATTERS – ‘Her And I’

THE GO SET – ‘Bones’

ALESTORM – ‘Drink’

KRAKIN KELLYS – ‘We Are The Freaks’

THE FIGHTING JAMESONS – ‘Year Gone By’

Thanks for listening, much more to come!

You can listen to the April episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

The Celtic Punkcast have just released a limited edition t-shirt and stickers so support the guys who make this all possible. Available from The Celtic Punkcast FB page here.

IT’S MARCH! DOUBLE EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #24 OUT NOW!

It’s March and the month of Wales, Cornwall and Ireland’s patron Saints. So with that in mind it’s the perfect time for a ‘supersized’ episode of The Celtic Punkcast. Two hours of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world.

Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

Myttin da! Welcome to the second ever supersized March edition of the Celtic Punkcast. This month the show is twice as big as a normal episode, meaning I’ve crammed as much great music as I can into almost 2 hours. Play this one loud on St Paddy’s and St Pirans Day! Here’s the tracks from some of the biggest names in the celtic/folk punk genre.

 

THE GOBSHITES – ‘Swallowtail Jig’

THE MAHONES – ‘The Wild Rover’

THE SKELS – ‘Raggle Taggle Gypsy’

THE VANDON ARMS – ‘Muirsheen Durkin’

ALTERNATIVE ULSTER – ‘The Parting Glass’

BLACK ANEMONE – ‘Drunken Sailor’

BRACE YOURSELF BRIDGET – ‘Whiskey In The Jar’

DROPKICK MURPHYS – ‘Fields Of Athenry’

GAELIC STORM – ‘Johnny Jump Up’

IRISH MOUTARDE – ‘The Wearing Of The Green’

ORTHODOX CELTS – ‘Rare Old Mountain Dew’

T.C. COSTELLO – ‘Botany Bay’

THE KREELERS – ‘Boys Of The Old Brigade’

THE POGUES – ‘Leaving Of Liverpool’

THE TOSSERS – ‘Mairi’s Wedding’

THE TEMPLARS OF DOOM – ‘Wrap The Green Flag’

1916 – ‘All For Me Grog’

BLACK TARTAN CLAN – ‘Banks Of The Roses’

CHARM CITY SAINTS – ‘Come Out Ye Black And Tans’

FIDDLERS GREEN – ‘I’ll Tell Me Ma’

HANDSOME YOUNG STRANGERS – ‘The Green Fields Of France’

KILMAINE SAINTS – ‘Finnegans Wake’

SAINT BUSHMILLS CHOIR – ‘The Foggy Dew’

THE LANGERS BALL – ‘Galway Races’

THE YOUNG DUBLINERS – ‘The Rocky Road To Dublin’

BLAGGARDS – ‘Irish Rover’

DREADNOUGHTS – ‘Katie Bar The Door’

FIFFIN MARKET – ‘The Night Pat Murphy Died’

PUDDLES PITY PARTY & CAIT O’RIORDAN – ‘I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday’

NECK – ‘Star Of The County Down’

SELFISH MURPHY – ‘The Auld Triangle’

THE DUBLINERS – ‘Molly Malone’

You can listen to the March episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for two hours of the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

FEBRUARY’S EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #23 OUT NOW!

Banish those Winter blues with an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world from London Celtic Punks brothers-in-arms The Celtic Punkcast. Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

G’day everyone, hope you’re surviving wherever you are, between record heatwaves here in Australia through to insane cold snaps in North America the world is truly going a bit mad. Let’s play some songs to get you all in a better mood. Here’s this months track list.

BRACE YOURSELF BRIDGET – ‘Julia Delaneys’

FOX ‘N’ FIRKIN – ‘Too Hip For 4ZZZ’

PIPES AND PINTS – ‘Raise Our Flag’

TC COSTELLO – ‘The Ballad Of Being Born In A Bar’

THE LANGERS BALL – ‘Dirty Old Town’

THE ROYAL SPUDS – ‘Skipping Stones’

FIDDLERS GREEN – ‘No Anthem’

NYAH FEARTIES – ‘Glen Ashdale Falls’

SMOKEY BASTARD – ‘Cheer Up Love (Worse Things Happen At Sea) Pt III’

THE LAGAN – ‘Sailing East’

THE PEELERS – ‘The Glen Will Rise Again’

HANDSOME YOUNG STRANGERS – ‘Poor Ned’

PIRATE COPY – ‘Reckless Alice’

ROUGHNECK RIOT – ‘Parasites’

THE MAHONES – ‘A Great Night On The Lash’

AULD CORN BRIGADE – ‘Star Of County Down’

CRAIC – ‘Irish Rover’

You can listen to the latest November episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for just over an hour of the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present and remember you can listen to it live or else download to listen at another time.

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Check out the London Celtic Punk interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

2019 WE’RE OFF AND RUNNING! JANUARY EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #22 OUT NOW

2019 is here so clear away those Winter blues with an hour of the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic-Rock and Folk-Punk from around the world from London Celtic Punks brothers-in-arms The Celtic Punkcast. Stream live or download to listen to later and enjoy!

Hi everyone and welcome to 2019! Thanks for joining me for another year, I’m looking forward to bringing you some fantastic music over the next 12 months. The podcast grew at a really pleasing rate last year and I’m hoping that trend continues. Thanks to my mates at London Celtic Punks for their continued support, hoping to be able to do more stuff with those guys as the year progresses as well as a few other things I have up my sleeve for 2019. Gareth

There’s a whole lot of great music on this months show, here’s the playlist:

ST. BUSHMILLS CHOIR – ‘The Secret Set (Drowsy Maggie/Star Of Munster)’

DUST RHINOS – ‘Jedi Drinking Song’

THE POGUES – ‘Body Of An American’

SCRUM – ‘Whiskey Lullaby’

BEERCANDU – ‘My Way’

SCOTCH – ‘Last In The Bar’

THE CRAICHEADS – ‘Leave Me Alone’

THE PIKEYS – ‘Drunk In Cardiff’

THE TAN AND SOBER GENTLEMEN – ‘The Day Has Come’

THE GRINNING BARRETTS – ‘Rising Of The Moon’

HOIST THE COLOURS – ‘Something More Than This’

THE BOTTLERS – ‘Up She Rises’

THE GO SET – ‘Union Man’

THE REAL McKENZIES – ‘Chip’

CLAN OF CELTS – ‘Stacey Lawlor’

BODH’AKTAN – ‘Heave Away’

MR. IRISH BASTARD – ‘Time After Time’

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You can listen to the January episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for just over an hour of the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present.

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Check out our interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

ALBUM REVIEW: RAISE YOUR PINTS Vol.3- VARIOUS ARTISTS

Raise Your Pints Volume 3 is a compilation of Celtic-Folk-Punk from MacSlon’s Irish Pub Radio; a Celtic-Folk-Punk internet radio station out of Magdeburg, Germany. It started life as part of wider mainstream internet radio station, but when that organisation closed back in 2009 these guys decided, thankfully, to go it alone with a full station dedicated to the glory of folk punk; they have never looked back!

So what do you get for your €9 (plus P&P)? Well, a hell of a lot as it turns out; some of the finest party oriented folk punk I have ever seen assembled in one place. It is a testament to the global love and reach of Celtic-influenced folk punk that of the twenty tracks on the disc, ten countries are represented. Six of the tracks come from German bands, which is understandable given the source, but we’ve got 14 additional jaw-dropping tracks from Spain, France, Ukraine, Serbia, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, USA and, of course, Ireland. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this eclectic mix of nationalities might water down the authenticity of the music- this is all top quality straight up loud, sweaty, folk punk perfectly designed with only one purpose in mind- an  accompaniment to a night of dancing and drinking to the small hours. To put it another way, it is slap bang in the middle of my sweet spot and I loved every single minute of this epic collection.

I was already familiar with a handful of the beauties on this album; Ferocious Dog and Black Water County from the UK, Orthodox Celts from Serbia and Airs & Graces from Germany. Without exception the other bands on the album were completely new to me and in that respect it serves as what used to be called a “Sampler” album back in the days of yore. A collection of tunes allowing the listener to cheaply explore the best that a bunch of bands have to offer, without risking a load of cash on albums you might not like. Yes, I am aware the switched on media-savvy youth of today today just use YouTube for this, and so do I, but the point here is that this collection has been curated with love and a deft touch. Let this album take you on a journey across someone else’s music taste; it is a joyous trip!

Reviewing a compilation album is difficult. Running through each track and trying to describe it would soon become boring reading so I’m going to explore some of the tracks that were the standout songs to my ear- the tracks you have to go back to after the first complete run through because you can’t wait to hear them again.

First up is actually the first track on the album; ‘The Fury’ by Brick Top Blaggers. Opening with a slow and mournful waltz led by the fiddle, with acoustic guitar backing and a keening vocal, it lulled me into a false sense that the album would probably be featuring an appearance of ‘Danny Boy’ somewhere along the line and perhaps another version of ‘Fields of Athenry’. All classic songs of course, but not the Celtic party anthems I felt I was promised by the cover of the album, which features a caricatured drunken bawdy mess taking place inside a stereotypical Irish pub! The song soon put that to rights. After a verse of soulful fiddling the band clearly got fed up with it, cranked up the amps, plugged in the electric guitar and set the overdrive to eleven before kicking in with the drums for a fast melodic romp. The kind of track that makes you prick up your ears while having a quiet drink with your mates and paves the way to getting home at 2am when you only went out for a swift one. The biggest surprise of the track came when I checked out the nationalities of the bands to begin writing this review; these guys are from the USA, California in fact. The Beach Boys they ain’t!

I can’t review highlights without special mentions for Black Water County who lent their track ‘Way Down Low’ to the party, and Ferocious Dog who showcase ‘Crime and Punishment’ from their second album, From Without (not the Red album as documented in the CD inlay), Normally these would have been instant standout tracks for me, but I am very familiar with these bands and their music so it was more like welcoming old friends into the pub than finding new stunners. This is particularly relevant as, at time of writing this, McSlon’s Irish Pub Radio listeners have just voted Ferocious Dog’s Red album the #1 ‘Best Celtic Rock, Celtic Punk & Trad. Irish Folk Album’ of 2018. Congratulations to Ken and the lads!

Next in Marv’s Top Picks is ‘Yvonne John’ by The Logues. It reminded me a little of The Waterboys ‘A Bang on the Ear’ in places due to its production simplicity, though it is faster and drives along at a blistering pace led by some manic mando or banjo picking, occasional tin whistle and solid drumming. But its real beauty is in its soaring chorus, professing undying love to the itinerant Yvonne John three weeks after a catastrophic split. The song is so heartfelt I should think it might be a love-letter to real person. If so, Yvonne, wherever you are, you really need to listen to this! This was actually my favourite on the album, though all the tracks are so good it was a close call. I was interested when I found The Logues are the only representatives from Ireland on the album and wondered whether that subconsciously affected my instant affection for the song. But in the end I concluded this was not the case, it’s just the best bloody song in my opinion.

‘Folkpunk-Song’ by Paddy’s Funeral, from Germany, actually started out as my least favourite track on the album. It is a perfect “meta” song, deconstructing the notional formula used to construct folk punk songs, within the medium of a folk-punk song, doing all the things the lyric is instructing as they are sung. Very clever.

“At first we hear a mandolin,

It’s playing fast 16ths.

There it is the singer’s voice,

Dirty dark and mean.

The bass is playing one and five.

The bass drum quarter notes.

The key, surprise! G Major!.

This is how it goes…”

They even roll in a few bars from ‘I’ll Tell Me Ma’ half way through just to underline their credentials. I jumped to the conclusion they were smugly poking fun at my very favourite form of music in the guise of a comedy track (how dare they!). I don’t think it is actually the case now, after checking out some of their other material on YouTube, but even if it is they nail it so well it’s actually impossible not to love the song. It is so joyful I forgot they might be taking the piss! They might be doing it in an arch and knowing way, but they get it spot on, so I’ll forgive them this once.

When I asked MacSlon’s how the ‘Raise Your Pints’ series of compilations came about they told me that in 2015, after a few years of going it alone with their folk punk radio station, they produced an album called ‘Let the Kelts unite Europe’ to support the “Keltic Festival” in Germany and decided to do it again the following year. ‘So Raise Your Pints Vol. 1’ was released in 2016 and they hit upon the brilliant idea to do a new volume every year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Volume 3 was released in 2018, though it is still available from the shop on their website. I simply cannot urge you strongly enough to check out this compilation series. What I have heard is fantastic and I cannot wait to see what we get in Vol. 4 on 17th March 2019. They are even going to be putting on a ‘Raise Your Pints’ festival in Germany in 2020 and I, for one, plan to be there.

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HO! HO! HO! DECEMBER’S EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #21 OUT NOW!

London Celtic Punks have teamed up with Gareth Olver of The Celtic Punkcast to bring you the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic rock and folk punk from around the world so be sure to check out their December episode. It’s packed to the rafters with good cheer.

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas everyone! It’s December and that means it’s time for another Christmas Special! Some great songs by some great artists to keep you festive all month long and into the new year as well! So from myself and the Olver family have a great Christmas and New Years and most of all stay safe out there. Here’s this months Christmas tunes:

THE MAHONES – ‘The Connaught Mans Rambles/Christmas Eve Reels/Johnny’s On Fire

FLATCAPS AND FISTICUFFS – ‘White Christmas’

CELKILT – ‘Jingle Bells!’

DROPKICK MURPHYS – ‘AK47 (All I Want For Christmas Is An)

REILLY – ‘Dear Santa (I Can Explain)

THE GOBSHITES – ‘Sorry Mom I Spent All Your Christmas Money On Beer’

THE WAGES OF SIN – ‘Merry Christmas From The Wages’

ALTERNATIVE ULSTER – ‘Kilted Christmas’

DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE – ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’

MR IRISH BASTARD – ‘Christmas In Hell’

SHANE MacGOWAN AND THE POPES – ‘Christmas Lullaby’

THE RUFFIANS – ‘Together At Christmas’

THE WAILIN BANSHEES – ‘A Tale For Christmas’

BLACK ANEMONE – ‘Christmas Day At First And Main’

FIFFIN MARKET – ‘Fairytale Of New York’

SKINNY LISTER & BEANS ON TOAST – ‘This Christmas’

PADDY AND THE RATS – ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Check out our interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. Also worth checking out was the special article written by Gareth for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so find Bring Your Mates To The Hooley: A Starters Guide To Celtic-Punk here.

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NOVEMBER’S EPISODE OF THE CELTIC PUNKCAST #20 OUT NOW!

London Celtic Punks have teamed up with The Celtic Punkcast to bring you the best in Celtic-Punk, Celtic rock and folk punk from around the world so be sure to check out their November episode.

G’day everyone! The new podcast from our partners The Celtic Punkcast is up for November. The featured band are New York’s The Gobshites but listen out for new tunes from American bands Alternative Ulster and Lexington Field, Germany’s Kings And Boozers and Italians Mosche Di Velluto Grigio making up the hour long programme alongside music from such Celtic-Punk greats as The Real McKenzies, Shambolics, Captain Jacks Army, The Sunday Punchers, The Gentlemen, The Barley Hops, Bastard Bearded Irishmen and heaps more.

Check out our interview with Gareth the ‘Podmaster’ here and find out what possessed him to join the #OneBigCelticPunkFamily. The next post will be a special article written by Gareth especially for people who haven’t yet experienced the joys of Celtic-Punk so check back in a few days for that.

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You can listen to the latest November episode of The Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply click for just over an hour of the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present.

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INTERVIEW WITH GARETH OLVER FROM THE AUSTRALIAN RADIO SHOW ‘THE CELTIC PUNKCAST’

We never shut the feck up about how brilliant Australian celtic-punk is so we are pleased as punch to present to you this interview with Gareth from the Celtic Punkcast radio show. He gives the lowdown on who the movers and shakers are over there, what its like living in the bush and a whole lot more.

“The best Celtic punk, Celtic rock & folk punk from around the world on this podcast”

Right we have always said that the Australian celtic-punk scene is the best in the world and that the bands in it are as well. When any idea how the celtic-punk scene started in Oz? Who were the first bands, the first concerts or festivals. Who from overseas made the biggest impact?  It’s a pretty good scene over here that’s for sure. We definitely have some world class acts here in Australia. When it comes to Celtic Punk I guess it’d be artists like Roaring Jack who got the scene going here, they were contemporaries of bands like The Pogues and The Men They Couldn’t Hang. There’s always been a strong folk and celtic scene here, bands such as Claymore who wouldn’t necessarily slot into that Celtic punk pigeonhole have been playing trad influenced music at places like the Port Fairy Folk Festival for years and they help introduce Celtic music to larger audiences. As for overseas bands that have made big impacts, obviously The Pogues were and still are really well known and popular and bands like the Dropkick Murphys are massive worldwide. The Murphys have had a couple of tunes used by the Australian Football League as well. Most people know Flogging Molly as well. In terms of influence, I’d say The Dubliners had just as bigger influence as anyone though, especially when it came to people staying in touch with their roots via music.

(We asked Gareth to pick the three best videos to represent Aussie celtic-punk and his first choice was ‘Riot On Race Day by Shambolics)

Who are the main players in the scene at the moment? Are you all missing The Rumjacks?  Oh yeah, we definitely are missing them! Honestly I didn’t realise how big The Rumjacks are outside of Australia. Probably after them would be The Go Set, The Ramshackle Army and even artists like The Dead Maggies do a great job holding down their part of the world. It’s been great to see some Oz bands get over to the states in recent years as well as over here too. In fact we see more of you then we do American bands!

The massive distances between cities in Australia must cause lots of problems for touring and networking but does this also mean that you have developed a certain sound or way for each area independent of each other?  Interesting question and one I probably don’t have the knowledge to answer. I think that social media and the internet in general makes networking so much easier. Anyone can find bands in any part of the world which is very cool. As for touring, I don’t really know, might have to ask Benny Mayhem about that one, he’s a Perth lad! Funny enough it was Benny himself who told me that when he was over in the summer!

You run a Celtic-punk radio show? Whats the deal behind that? How does it work? Give us an idiot proof way to listen to it.  Well the easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or follow on Podbean. Most podcast catchers have it on there though. Podcasts are great because of the convenience of them, you can listen whenever and wherever you want. The other way to catch the show is the weekly show on Blues & Roots Radio, which is a fairly large online radio network. Putting together a one hour podcast/weekly radio show usually takes me a couple of hours, between getting music sorted, the actual recording, editing and post production. Once I’ve done all that the podcast gets uploaded which can take about 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether Podbean is being cooperative or not. The weekly radio show when it’s done gets sent to Stevie Conner, who’s the head of BRR in Toronto and he slots it into the schedule. My show is meant to merely be a showcase for the bands who make such great music and there was a bit of an opening for another Celtic punk podcast. There was already some awesome shows like Paddy Rock, Irish Power Hour and the Shite’n’Onions podcast, so if I could complement them I’d be stoked. 

How did you get into celtic-punk? Do you have Celtic ancestors. A hell of a lot of Aussies do so do they make up the bulk of your audience?  Like most people my age it was probably the Dropkick Murphys who were my gateway band to the genre. First song I heard was The Warriors Code on a compilation CD and it just pumped me right up. From there I discovered bands like Flogging Molly, Flatfoot 56, Blood Or Whiskey and The Tossers who are probably my favourite band. I do have Celtic ancestry, my family came to Australia from Kernow (Cornwall) and I also have Welsh in there too. My wife’s heritage is Irish and Scottish so my kids almost have the Celtic crescent covered! As for the audience, it’s really a mixed bag, some from Australia, a lot in North America and some from the UK & Europe. Anyone who wants to listen is more than welcome wherever they’re from.

You’re based in Victoria but is there much of an Irish community there? People say that the Irish diaspora is smaller but has there been a noticeable decline, especially with emigration from Ireland still at peak levels? It does seem to me that here in London the new arrivals are not interested in Irish music. They seem to be wealthier and emigrating for ‘fun’ and in their gaps year rather than to escape poverty like in the past.  I am a Victorian, I live on a property about 200km west of Melbourne, in the Grampians. Spectacular part of the world. Where I live has a population of between 350-500 people, so only a wee place. Some parts of the state like the south west you really notice the Irish influence, especially in towns like Koroit, Casterton and Killarney. Koroit and Killarney both have yearly Irish festivals. We still see a lot of Irish people come to Australia, but mainly backpackers or students. The Irish mates I have for the most part are fans of Celtic punk, and they all still have that appreciation for the trad stuff too which is cool. It’s when it comes to shite like Ed Sheeran I call them out!

Gareth’s back garden!

I would like to think so but does it follow that celtic-punk fans also listen to folk from the past or present?  Honestly, I reckon it depends on the individual. If they come from families that played that sort of music when they were growing up then they probably do, but perhaps people who were punk fans first may not necessarily listen to folk or trad. But if they don’t then I’d encourage them to give it a go, there’s some great bands out there playing folk and trad.

Which figures or bands do you think have been the important links between the past and the present and folk/celtic/traditional music and punk/rock music?  I think the standard answer would be The Pogues, who no doubt have been extremely influential on a number of bands, but I’d say you’d be looking at bands like The Dubliners, The Wolfe Tones etc who were the ones that bands like The Pogues were listening to. Even bands like The Clash that embraced different styles of music and had success with it. There’s probably plenty of unsung heroes as well, like the venues that gave some of the bands that become legends in the Celtic Punk scene starts when they were just beginning.

(Gareth’s second Aussie celt-punk BIG hitter is a new song from The Bottlers)

There’s always been a big debate about celtic-punk and whether or not it is cultural appropriation and politically correct for non-Irish bands singing about the Irish getting pissed and fighting and pubs and what have you. Personally I love it. The idea of the likes of Indonesian or Brazilian bands getting into The Dubliners and The Wolfe Tones after listening to the Dropkick Murphys. I mean its not like The Dubliners ever wrote a song about getting pissed is it? I think its just a case of snobbery but do you think it’s ok?  It doesn’t bother me too much at all, especially if it teaches people a bit about the history of the Celtic nations and Celtic people. It also helps keep the culture alive, if people from South America or Eastern Europe for example are inspired to take up the pipes or tin whistle after listening to the Murphys or Flogging Molly then that’s great. I get some people’s issues if all they see is the drink and fight stereotypes getting perpetuated or if it comes off like that faux Celtic Irish pub stuff that The Rumjacks described so perfectly but for me if people are respectful of the music and culture and they learn a thing or two then great. Honestly I’d love more people to know the Celtic history of my Cornish heritage, so if people dive in further and expand their knowledge how could that be a bad thing? Totally agree. The ideas behind ‘cultural appropriation is bad’ can be dangerous. That people cannot share cultures or even haircuts is absurd or maybe it’s just that we Celts have thicker skins?

Gareth with Jimmy from Shambolics

As we said many times we really love the Aussie take on celtic-punk. What do you think sets it apart from the celtic-punk of say the North America or Britain? It seems to have a very strong working class ethos and a Aussie slant that I can’t quite put my finger on but involves having fun and being serious at the same time, being full of mischief and after all any country that calls mates cunts and cunts mates is not half bad!  Interestingly enough I spoke a bit about this with Jimmy from the Shambolics not too long ago, he’s an Irishman who has lived in Australia for a long time and played in bush bands when he was living in rural areas. Australia has a long Celtic history, we the Celts were the ones brought out here after English colonisation and built the framework of what became Australia. They didn’t have the musical instruments from home, so they had to make do and create instruments like the bottle cap stick. They created a fusion of traditional style music with instruments created from necessity which became the bush bands that still survive in a small way today. The Australian way was we were a people who always kind of thumbed our nose at authority, enjoyed a laugh but would stand up for our mates and believed in the fair go. That spirit lives on in in the Celtic and folk punk music that comes out of this country. We as Australian people have had different experiences to people in North America and Europe and it shows in the music. When my wife was in Australia in her teens she said that she saw parliament on the TV and the MP’s were swearing at each other. That tells you what kind of place it is. My kind of place!

Celtic-punk nowadays. It seems to us that the scene over there is massive. There does seem to be more bands than before. Is this right is the scene bigger? If it is bigger has that made it more commercial/mainstream?  No I don’t think it has. Outside a couple of bands like the Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues you get blank responses to other bands. Outside the Celtic Punk scene in Australia a band like The Rumjacks are pretty well unheard of by the mainstream. Although I did hear a Go Set song on an ad the other night during the cricket so who knows?

the friendly neighbourhood wallaby

Who do you think are the best Australian bands and their best records? The ‘essential’ place to start in Aussie celtic-punk?  Well for me, I really like The Rumjacks, The Go Set, Shambolics, The Currency, The Bottlers, The Ramshackle Army, The Dead Maggies and Benny Mayhem. If people were looking for some Australian Celtic Punk albums I’d start with the Rumjacks debut ‘Gangs Of New Holland’, man that is a fecking fantastic album. Also, ‘Rising’ by The Go Set, ‘Riot On Raceday’ by The Shambolics and the new album from The Bottlers. My three year old daughter also told me to mention the Pogue Mahone album by the Shambos too, she has a meltdown if that CD gets changed in the car!

Any Aussie links you would recommend?  Honestly the best thing to do would be to check out the websites, twitter feeds and Facebook pages of some of the bands. The Triple J Unearthed site also has some good unsigned artists, just search for Celtic Punk on there and discover something new.

(Gareth’s third video this time from The Go Set who have darkened these shores many a time and each time with a growing fan base)

We are just about to publish our Best Of list for 2017 so what were your favourite releases of the year? Any you looking forward to in the coming months?  Man last year was a great year for albums in these genres, any year you have new albums from most of the big guns like the Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Tossers, The Real Mackenzies, Flatfoot 56 etc is a bloody good year, but my  favourite release for 2017 was ‘In It For Life’ by Black Anemone. That was a kick arse album. Loved the new Tossers album as well as the ones released by The Kilmaine Saints, The Peelers, Matilda’s Scoundrels, Craic, Dreadnoughts and The Bottlers. The new Real McKenzies album was great too. For 2018 I’m looking forward to the new album from 1916 and the new stuff The Mahones are releasing. Four new albums this year apparently! Yeah plenty of bands there that feature in our Best Of 2017. Stay tuned!

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule so all that’s left is for you to plug plug plug the Radio show and is there anything else you want to add or anyone you want to thank? Been my pleasure chatting to you guys, thanks for your support of the show, I really appreciate it. So subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave a review or hit me up on Twitter, Facebook or email me. Check out the schedule on Blues And Roots Radio as well to see the weekly shows schedule. I’d love to thank anyone who’s listened, chatted, shared the show and supported it, especially the bands who’ve supported the show as well as Stevie, Annie and Neil from BRR for giving the show a bigger audience and of course London Celtic Punks, Waldo from the Celtic & Folk Punk blog, the Mersey Celtic Punks, shout out to big fans Peter, Erin and Jennie and to anyone I’ve forgotten sorry. Oh and of course my wife and two girls. Can’t forget them.

You can listen to the latest January edition of the Celtic Punkcast at the link below. Simply cli for just over an hour of the best Celtic-Punk of the past and the present.

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WHO DARES TO SPEAK OF EASTER WEEK?

RADIO REBEL GAEL PRESENTS :
Who Dares To Speak of Easter Week?
Radio Rebel Gael’s Tribute
to the heroes of Easter week and all Irish freedom fighters throughout history…
In Dublin 98 years ago, a tiny band of Irish rebels and patriots took possession of the main post office. There, on Easter Monday, they proclaimed the birth of an Irish Republic and the end of England’s imperial rule. At the time the rising was unrealistic, had little support and was swiftly put down. Yet with vengeful ferocity, the British ordered the execution, one by one, of 15 rebel leaders, including a trade unionist, James Connolly, suffering from gangrened wounds, who had to be propped up in a chair to be shot.

When the grisly business was done, William Butler Yeats wrote, Ireland had

“changed, changed utterly: a terrible beauty is born.”

The victims themselves sensed that theirs was a blood sacrifice that foresaw rebirth and renewal, that their deaths might some day be seen as the secular incarnation of a sacred season. But the Easter Rising also proved to be a dress rehearsal as an empire fell and ordinary people entered and seized history.

His Name Was Connolly

featuring the best in Irish rebel folk and celtic-punk from Ireland and ‘across the broad Atlantic’

1.) The Foggy Dew- ATHENRYE (Dublin)

2.) Erin Go Bragh- THE WOLFE TONES (Dublin)

3.) Bright Star- Bobby Sands- as read by STEPHEN RAE

4.) Comrades In The Dark- THE PRODIGALS (New York)

5.) Freedom’s Sons- SHARKY DOYLES (Chicago)

6.) Connolly Was There- POL Mac ADAIM (Belfast)

7. Easter Time/Freedom’s Sons- BARLEYCORN (Belfast)

8.)Meet Me At The Pillar- DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS

9.) Culture- THE REBEL HEARTS (Tipperary)

10.) The Dying Rebel- KATHLEEN LARGEY (Belfast)

11.) Citizen’s Army- RAY COLLINS (New York)

12.)Who Dares To Speak Of Easter Week?- BRENDAN BEHAN (Dublin)

13.) Met A Proud Man- GERRY T.MORAN (Norfolk/Dundalk)

14. Who Dares To Say- THE BATTERING RAM (Dublin)

15.) The Starry Plough- THE DRUIDS (Kildare)

16.When Will We See- THE DRUIDS (Kildare)

17.) The Rifles Of The I.R.A- ATHENRYE (Dublin)

18.) Provos Lullabye- THE WOLFHOUND (Belfast)

19.) Woods Of Drumboe- THE WOLFHOUND (Belfast)

20.) Guest Of The Queen- BRIAN UA BAOILL

21.) Bobby Sands- CLAYMORE (Glasgow)

22.) McVerry’s Men- BANJO BURKE (Kilkenny)

23.) Eamon Wright- ADELANTE (Coatbridge)

24.) 1916 Proclamation- CU CHULAINN

25.) Banna Strand- FLYING COLUMN (Belfast)

26.) The Rebel by Padraic Pearse- THE DUBLINERS

27.) Padraic Pearse- THE WOLFE TONES (Dublin)

28.) Follow Me Up To Carlow- BLOOD OR WHISKEY (Kildare)

29.) The Peeler And The Goat- NIAMH NI CHARRA (Killarney)

30.) Oro Se Do Bheath Abhaile- THE DUBLINERS

31.) Sean Larkin- THE IRISH BRIGADE (Tyrone)

32.) The Rhythm Of Time- BOBBY SANDS

33.) H Block Song- THE PLAYERS BRIGADE (Dublin)

34.) Ninety Miles from Dublin- POL Mac ADAIM

35.) Mise Eire- POL Mac ADAIM

36.) The Wind That Shakes The Barley- THE BATTERING RAM

37.) Boys Of The Old Brigade- EIRE OG (Glasgow)

38.) The Boys From Tamlaghtduff- CHRISTY MOORE (Kildare)

39.) The Rising- BRICK TOP BLAGGERS (California)

40.) Henry Joy (Faithful To The Last)- CIARAN MURPHY (Armagh)

41.) Who Fears To Speak Of Easter Week- DOMINIC BEHAN (Dublin)

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“Had the Gaelic race never produced a scrap of literature, had our treasures of history and romance never had a being, had our Cormac’s, Keating’s and our O’Clery’s and Donnachadh Rua’s never written a line, these folk songs of ours would have been sufficient to prove for all time the glorious capabilities of our race.”

– Padraig Pearse

to find out more about the 1916 Easter Uprising you could try Wikipedia or the excellent site at Easter Rising 1916.

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‘THE LAGAN’S DEN’ PODCAST 18/10/2013

Last week The Lagan began a free weekly series of podcasts where they drank beer and talked shite sorry…I mean talked about life in the band. They intend to have musical guests performing and first guest was Jay Stevens from the amazing Aussie celtic-punk band Between the Wars. Click on The Lagan logo below to hear the episode, and enter the competition on their Facebook page to win a signed Lagan CD and the entire BTW back catalogue!

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Watch this space for further podcasts and upcoming guests including London-Irish legend and Biblecode Sundays frontman Ronan McManus!

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