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UPDATED 13th JANUARY 2020
THE BIBLE CODE SUNDAYS as the most prolific band in the scene you’re never far from a BCS show! just click here for their latest up-to-date gig list. Their latest residency is at Vince Power’s new venue The Fiddler, 229 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JG every Sunday from 4:30pm.
THE CRAICHEADS are another fantastic London Irish band who play regular gigs around town so look them up here to find out their next one!
THE REELS also regulars on the London Irish pub circuit here
London Irish Celtic Punk band THE LAGAN gig every so often and in case i missed something here
Celtic-Americana band FOLLOW THE CROWS are often found treading the boards in London somewhere here
One of the brightest and best new bands on the scene are CROCK OF BONES who are starting to really make a name for themselves and beginning to gig regularly too here
What’s Cookin’ host weekly (sometimes more!) shows of alternative-folk and country and all sorts of other stuff we heartily approve of. Worth checking out here
As well as these it is always worth checking the web-sites of the London Irish Centre in Camden here and the newly re-opened and re-furbished Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith here and of course the London Welsh Centre in Kings Cross here
Sunday 8th September 2019
RONAN MacMANUS of London Irish legends The BibleCode Sundays takes the stage at the recently opened Whelans Bar in Kingston On Thames. Facebook.
… and from then on the first Sunday of each month as well. Entry free.
Saturday 11th January 2020
Technically just outside London but The Fighting Cocks is definitely one of the best underground venues in the whole of England. We’ll be having a party down Kingston with the reformed CALICO STREET RIOTS from Kent. Great to have them back on the scene. Kingston is just 20 minutes from Waterloo and the pub is a short walk across town and is situated at 56 Old London Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QA. The FB event is here and tickets are just £3 in advance. Support come from Bandits and Blood & Whiskey.
Saturday 18th January 2020
Fecking marvellous London Irish trad/folk outfit CROCK OF BONES play The Gladstone Arms, 64 Lant Street, London SE1 1QN dahn Sarf! A a Saturday evening of trad/celtic-folk. A cracking lineup, with Crock of Bones and Karandash. Entry is free with a hat passed round for donations. Event here.
Saturday 25th January 2020
“The Best Pogues tribute band I’ve ever seen” – Andrew Ranken
Missing The Pogues? Well after their successful Christmas gig at Camden’s Dublin Castle the wonderful POGUE TRADERS return to another of London’s most iconic venues The Half Moon in Putney. Celebrate Burns Night and have a rollicking great Celtic Punk time! The Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1EU.
Wednesday 29th January 2020
SUCKIN’ DIESEL the Irish trad/folk offshoot from Celtic-Punkers The Lagan play The Lamb in Surbiton. Easily accessible from Waterloo in just 20 minutes and next to one of the nicest Wetherspoons you’ll ever set foot in for a couple of pre-gig liveners. The Lamb is a cracking pub in its own right with great atmposphere and fantastic food and beer. The Lamb, 73 Brighton Road, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames KT6 5NF. FB event here. Bunkable by train but the gig is free…
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th February 2020
The mythology of Kneecap precedes them. This is their first tour outside of Ireland where they are now main stage festival headliners. Banned by Irish state television. Condemned by the DUP. Kicked out of UCD. Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap, and DJ Próvaí have built up a notoriety for themselves which hasn’t been seen in Irish music for many, many years. Even if you put that to one side for a second, Kneecap are a frighteningly articulate rap group. Merging Irish with English, satire with socially conscious lyrics, and reality with absurdity, theirs is a voice which comes screaming from the too-often deprived areas of the North of Ireland, speaking in a language which is too-often ignored, and it makes for suitably electrifying stuff. Whether you understand half of what they’re saying or not, you won’t want to miss them…
Friday 14th February 2020
London Irish mod rockers THE GODFATHERS play their annual Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre at Dingwalls, 11 Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB. Event here.
Celtic-Folk-Metal band SKILTRON roll into tour on an extensive UK tour all the way from bonnie Argentina. Founded in 2004 in Buenos Aires by Emilio Souto, SKILTRON are the leading Folk Metal Band from South America, now based in Europe. Throughout the last 14 years they have constantly earned recognition within the Folk and Metal scene. + Special Guests Ethereal Sin
At 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN. Tickets £13 in advance from here.
Friday 21st February 2019
DROPKICK MURPHYS are back in town. Having just sold out their entire 2019 tour they play their biggest ever London date at a one off show at Alexandria Palace in North London. Tickets are £33-50 (gulp!!!) and sadly you must add an extravagant £4-60 in fecking fees just for them to send you an automated email with your ticket code!
Tickets from here
Friday 28th February 2020
Quite the week for London Celtic-Punk as THE RUMJACKS roll into town on their UK/Ireland tour. An absolutely cast iron guarantee of a great night down at the Camden Underworld (just across the road from Camden tube station). Underworld site here. Fantastic support line up too from NECK, MICK O’TOOLE and for the first time in London, from Glasgow THE GALLOWGATE MURDERS. FB event here. Tickets £15.
Wednesday 4th March 2020
The hottest new band on the Celtic-Punk scene are heading to London for their first gig in the capital. SHANGHAI TREASON from South Yorkshire released possibly the most highly anticipated single from last year and will be treading the boards at The Water Rats soon. Home of the very first Pogues gig and one of the most famous venues in London. The Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8BZ. Nearest tube is King’s Cross St Pancras (Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria Lines) . Its literally the best place to have a gig in London!! Support from THE BABES Lonodn’s only bagpipe punk band and alt-trad folkers CROCK OF BONES. FB event here.
Sunday 8th March 2020
Now in their 30th year THE MAHONES make another of their regular appearances in London town! No supports announced as of yet. Watch this space or the FB event here. At Nells, 3 North End Crescent, London W14 8TG. Tickets are £15 (plus booking fee) from here. Nearest Tube – West Kensington (3mins) Bus – 74, 190, 430, N74, N97. With SINFUL MAGGIE.
SAINT PATRICK’S WEEKEND
Saturday 14th March 2020
The first of the St. Patrick’s weekend gigs to be announced sees DAMO returning to London. The venues are becoming more intimate (small) but nevertheless he still packs a punch and guarantees a fantastic night. Live at The Electric Balllroom in Camden just a couple of minutes walk around the corner from Camden Tube station. Tickets here. Facebook event here.
The favourite band of the London-Irish THE BIBLE CODE SUNDAYS as usual have a very busy St. Pats and they start off with a gig at Under The Bridge in Fulham where the Six Nations France v Ireland rugby match will be screened live from 8pm and BCS will be on stage straight after the match followed by a DJ until 2am! Check their web-site for other dates.
Monday 16th March 2020
THE BLACKSTAIRS REBELS live 8pm at Frostys Bar, 404 Kenton Road, Kenton, Harrow HA3 9DW.
Tuesday 17th March 2020- St. Patrick’s Day
Irish folk legends CLANNAD play The London Palladium, Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF. The nearest underground stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.
THE BLACKSTAIRS REBELS live 8pm at Frostys Bar, 404 Kenton Road, Kenton, Harrow HA3 9DW.
Tuesday 17th- Wednesday 18th March 2019
THE DUBLIN LEGENDS (Formerly of The Dubliners) Pplay 2 dates at Nells, 3 North End Crescent, London W14 8TG. Sean Cannon, Gerry O’Connor, Paul Watchorn & Shay Kavanagh are all true legends of the Irish Folk music scene. Sean & Eamonn were members of iconic Folk Group ‘The Dubliners’ for close to 30 years while Gerry joined them for the final part of their 50th Anniversary Tour. He was a member of the famous Irish Folk Rock band, Four Men & A Dog and has played with everyone from Sharon Shannon to Shane MacGowan and has also toured with Blues Rock guitar legend Joe Bonamassa. Paul Watchorn, one of the best 5 string banjo players in Ireland, toured the world as a member of Derek Warfield’s Sons Of Erin for many years. During the bands 2017 tour of Holland Eamonn took ill and died a short while after the tour. Shay Kavanagh who had been filling in for Eamonn during previous tours came in to help out. Shay has worked with Mary Black, The Dublin City Ramblers & The Furey Brothers. Facebook here Tickets here.
Thursday, 19 March 2020
They did a one off gig in Brighton years back that we all missed so dead excitement to see MR. IRISH BASTARD are coming back to these shores for a series of gigs around St. Patrick’s Day. Bristol, Plymouth, London so get on your dancing shoes and get hot and sweaty!
Mr. Irish Bastard are one of Germany’s #1 Celtic-Punk and believe me the competition over there is massive! They blend the drink infused energy of pure Irish folk with punk rock guitars and a bottle full of attitude. They have toured excessively, played with the Pogues and have graced stages from Tokyo to Kiev and soon now North London.
Coming to Ireland’s 33rd county- County Holloway to play at the Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road, London N7 6LB. Facebook event here so join to keep up with tickets and support acts.
Saturday 21st March 2019
BLACK WATER COUNTY continue their quest to cover every inch of the country with their most extensive tour to date taking in The Black Heart across the road from Camden tube station. With their new album ‘Comedies and Tragedies’ due for release in March. What better time than for a full UK tour!
All tickets available from here
Check out the date in Guildford too as its easily accessible from London.
Saturday 28th March 2020
Legendary Northern Irish punk rock act STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have a full UK tour in March – The 2020 Tour. The Roundhouse show only will also feature TV Smith, The Professionals and the Neville Staples Band. At the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH. Nearest tube is Chalk Farm. Tickerts are £23.50 from here.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
FEROCIOUS DOG return for another London date this time at a venue new to them but not the London Celtic Punk scene. At Nells, 3 North End Crescent, London W14 8TG.
They’ve been hailed as “a representation of our gut feeling, savage and merciless” and at the same time, called “folk in the grand tradition of it being the peoples sound.”
Tickets are £20 + £2 legalised theft from here.
Saturday 11th April 2020
With the Borderline knocked down in pursuit of building another fecking coffee shop or something equally worthless THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG have moved up the road to proper West London to the Subterania. Based near Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park stations and accessible from plenty of buses too. Formed in 1984 these legends of Folk-Punk are second only to The Pogues in terms of how influential they have been and I can honestly say that despite the few odd grey hairs they have lost none of their passion and urgency for their music.Address is 12 Acklam Rd, Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5QZ. It’s a over 18’s venue and tickets are £20 from here.
Wednesday 29th April 2020
To celebrate their new album Bhoy and Blade Paul Heaton of the wonderful Housemartins and Jacqui of the Beautiful South play the Palladium, 1-4 Argyll St, London W1F 7LD. Tickets have been kept down to £30 and go on sale at https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/paul-heaton-jacqui-abbott/ soon. For further details of the tour check out the FB event here.
Friday 1st May 2020
THE RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS play Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ.
Wednesday 20th May 2020
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS TC COSTELLO and TIM HOLEHOUSE
TC COSTELLO is over yet again from the United States with his trusty accordion and kicks off his UK tour with the London Celtic Punks. Support from his auld mate TIM HOLEHOUSE so expect a night full of sea shanties, Irish trad and folk and plenty of piratey tunes! YEEEHARRRRRRR!!!! The gig is at The Lamb one of the best pubs in South-West London. The Lamb, 73 Brighton Road, Surbiton KT6 5NF. The gig is free but donations to the artists are always welcome! Only 20 minutes by train from Waterloo and less from Clapham! Keep an eye on proceedings at the FB event here.
Friday 17th July 2020
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS THE ROYAL SPUDS and PYROLYSIS
This will be one hell of a night!!! Two Dutch bands head to London to play their first ever gigs in England. THE ROYAL SPUDS play straight up old fashioned Celtic-Bloody-Punk music while PYROLYSIS are a bit more gentle playing acoustic style Irish folk but both will have you beating up the floor! The venue in north London is all but confirmed but PUT IT IN YER DIARY now!
Sunday 23rd August 2020
WILLIAM WALLACE COMMEMORATION 2pm at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, East London EC1A 7BE. Organised by the Scottish Resistance to remember the great patriot William Wallace who was executed at Smithfield in London August 1305. FB event here.
Saturday 3rd October 2020
It may not be fashionable to be fans of cover bands but sometimes it;s all you got and if its done well then f’ the begrudgers. CASH have been playing an authentic tribute to the man in black now for years, I’ve seen these guys before and they are top-notch and on their UK tour in the Autumn they will be performing the infamous Johnny Cash prison albums. NOT TO BE MISSED. The gig is at the Islington Academy opposite Angel tube. Tickets are under £20 from here.
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS
BENJAMINGS CLAN ON TOUR FROM CZECH REPUBLIC
Benjaming’s Clan is a band playing celtic rock from Petříkovice u Trutnova. The band started in 2013 as a continuation of family band Benjaming band consisting of a father and his three sons, which officially started playing around the year 2002. In the beginning of 2013 Benjaming band stopped playing and recruited new musicians in addition to the original core members. Thus a new era begun which was marked by a change in the instrumentation and also in the whole musical style with more folk elements and bigger emphasis on the melodic lines.
Because the band was playing punk for ten years its songs are still characteristically ironic, emotional and filled with enormous positive energy which will appeal both to hardcore biker and music enthusiast.
The band still includes its punk hits such as Bohové na hrad, Americké popelníky or Švihák in their repertoir. Some members are also multi-instrumentalist, who play instruments such as scottish bagpipes, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, accordion, tin whistle, violin, keyboards and of course drums, guitar and acoustic bass.
Friday 23rd October 2020
The start of the nationwide tour tour begins on local turf. Venue to be confirmed but hopefully Kingston way…
Saturday 24th October 2020
Benjaming’s Clan play the second date of their tour at the famous Birds Nest in Deptford. One of London’s coolest DIY venues for years now. The Birds Nest has evolved into a fantastic, international music and arts venue while retaining its original South London flavour. Located at the end of Creekside and on the borders of Greenwich and Deptford, the pub is a hub of artists and musicians. Live music varies from folk to hardcore punk, Blues to Ska, established well known bands, to up-and-coming local talent. You will also find a nice choice of food at affordable prices and served throughout the day with traditional roasts served all day Sunday with meat / vegan / vegetarian options.
The Birds Nest, 32 Deptford Church Street, London SE8 4RZ. Just a short walk from Deptford Mainline and Deptford Bridge BR. The venue is also a hostel if you want to stay over. Venue web-site here Facebook page here . Keep a eye out for the gig event on FB soon.
Friday 23rd – Monday 26th October 2020
London’s 22nd Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance – Return to London Town Festival. Four days of the finest traditional Irish music, song and dance in Cricklewood. Concerts, Céilís, Workshops, Sessions, Album launches and more, based in the Clayton Crown Hotel, St Agnes’ Parish Centre, Windmill Hotel, St Gabriel’s Parish Hall, Ashford Place and more. (Also Friday ‘Night of Song’ at the Musical Traditions Club, Foley St W1W 6DL)
Line up tba soon at www.returntolondontown.org and www.irishmusicinlondon.org
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