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Thursday 17th May 2018
A GREAT NIGHT WITH THE LONDON CELTIC PUNKS by Anto Morra
THE GUNNERS LONDON N5 – TC Costello, Anto Morra, Brendan O’Prey Despite a poor audience turn out for the gig it was quality not quantity that made the evening so great. London visits are much more gruelling for me as I get older and to avoid traffic congestion, parking tickets (or any of the other unjustifyable things they can charge you £60 for 3 days after the event) I have to travel in on public transport from my safe parking base in Woolwich, ironically the gig was in Arsenal / Finsbury Park quite a trek on public transport with instruments, leads & Merch. I was as usual unfashionably early, the first there but was able to sound check my Bodhran and fill the sound man Andy in on the evenings proceedings.
As the small posse gathered I was reminded how lucky I am to know this motley crew, a nicer bunch of people you couldn’t wish to meet and it was great to catch up with them again. Established in 2009 The London Celtic Punks webzine has been putting on gigs, promoting bands and reviewing albums that fit the ever growing Celtic Punk genre.
Since The Pogues in the early 1980’s, Celtic Punk has grown beyond anyone’s expectations with the top names today being the likes of The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Mahones and The Rumjacks. The term Celtic is used very loosely I think as a replacement for the ‘Folk’ terminology to distinguish it from those finger in the ear, woolly jumper wearing acts I love so much as there is very little that is Celtic about The Levellers or Ferocious Dog but their names will always crop up when the genre is being analysed. Three of the best Celtic Punk bands on the London circuit I’ve come across are the Bible Code Sundays, Neck and The Lagan. Recently The Lagan front man Brendan O’Prey has started to venture out as a solo performer and he was the opening turn this evening and a very fine one it was too, packed with Christy Moore classics but unlike Christy these days performed with personality and passion.
After a bit of insistence he finally gave Me and the Bhoys the classic Lagan song we wanted.
Next up was myself I thought I’d start with my new revised ‘Ballad Of Margaret Thatcher’ and I nearly got through it without fault but still not quite! As I never write a set list and try to work of the audience TC Costello had told me he had been listening to Gypsy Smile and London Irish a lot, so I thought I’d play that for him until I thought this might be better with a band.
I rattled through a few more including requests from the Merch King Chris Brown and Mr LCP himself- Mark, but slung this bit of Irish Trad in towards the end of my set, sticking to my only performance rule that is to start and finish with my own songs.
My Complete Set List: Guardian Of The West (Ballad Of Margaret Thatcher). Gypsy Smile. London Irish, Wasted Life (Stiff Little Fingers Cover). Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (The Jam Cover). Finnegans Wake (Trad). Rocky Road To Dublin (Trad). Ballad Of Anto Morra.
Finally the star turn all the way from South Carolina and jet lagged from a gig in Brooklyn New York the night before (but you’d never know) a one man Celtic Punk machine….. TC Costello.
(Performing Waxies Dargle, Rose Connolly, Blow The Man Down, Mafia Punk)
To conclude: Brendan O’Prey’s pure Irish passion comes across in a genuine way. As a solo performer myself I love to hear things stripped bare and hearing him without the band was a real joy. His vocal style reminded me a little of Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers also from the North of Ireland and also with a rasp to die for.
I’m never happier than when I’m in performance mode and so had a thoroughly fun time and to be joined by Brendan and TC was a privilege. I’ve no more plans to play in London so this may have been my last gig there and if so I’m happy it was a memorable one.
TC Costello is remarkable. Pure Energy, Pure Punk, Pure Entertainment. If he comes to a town near you don’t miss him- his warmth and charm is infectious and when he hits those high notes there is a vibrato reminiscent of John Lydon himself. Let’s never forget John Lydon was the very first London Irish Punk.
Thanks to Anto for the fantastic videos.
Friday 27th April 2018
With Drunken Dolly all set to headline Stage 2 at the Ferocious Dog mega-gig at Rock City in Nottingham we managed to persuade them to stop off in London town on the way up north (or Midlands really) so roping in The Lagan we had a bit of trouble finding a venue but in the end managed to get one of East London’s best Irish pubs The Plough And Harrow in Leytonstone all booked up. So all sorted and under strict instructions not to announce Drunken Dolly yet as the Dogs were trying to keep it as a surprise even though everyone seemed to know all about it. In the run up we made contact with the awesome Johnny Clash Project from Italy. They were on tour in England at the same time but playing in Margate the night of our gig. One phone call and done and dusted The Johnny Clash Project are on board as well. The day of the gig and aye as usual a torrential downpour but didn’t stop the very decent crowd that turned up. Sadly a few days before the gig one of The Lagan members had a bereavement in their family so they had to drop out but lucky for us Brendan the lead singer stepped up to the mic and carried the gig on his broad shoulders with a set of Lagan and Christy Moore inspired folk. Next up The Johnny Clash Project and these guys are set for bigger things I tells you. Johnny Clash Folsom Prison era inspired versions of songs by The Clash. Utterly inspired!! They got the crowd on their feet and set the stage for Drunken Dolly who played a blistering set of over an hour of high energy folk and celtic punk that had the mosh pit full and bodies flying every which where. A great night with ended up with me getting a near concussion at 4am falling over a wheel barrow into a bench in my back garden. Happy daze indeed!!
Saturday 24th February 2018
As is the way for small DIY groups like us we have to be careful when organising things that they don’t clash with anything. At the time of organising this was true but then several things popped up as they have a tendency to do. This is London after all! Still a small but loyal band of celtic-punkers braved the cold to head to The Gunners again for our third visit there. Kicking off the night was our great pal Comrade X who was suppose to go on in the middle but a bad back meant an early night for him. A great set of working class urban folk music played with passion and pride. This geezer needs to get his set nailed down for a live release or something, Its criminal no one has signed him up to do something yet. Next up were Flatcaps & Fisticuffs a band from just up the road near Hemel Hempstead or somewhere. We found out about them just before Christmas so were right looking forward to getting them down and by Christ they were absolutely awesome. So much energy it left jaded feckers like me out of breath just watching them. Man The Lifeboats brought the curtain down and played an excellent set of acoustic folk drenched Americana with plenty of bounce and every song a real foot tapper. Thanks to all and Oona at The Gunners, the best landlady in London.
FLATFOOT 56 TOUR OF ENGLAND
Nearly ten years to the day that last graced our shores one of the world’s greatest bands, nevermind Celtic-punk bands, got in touch to see about playing over here. Needless to say we nearly wet ourselves at the prospect and within a couple of months we had greased a few palms and called in a few favours and a tour was set up that would take them to the four corners of England.
Sunday 26th November 2017
Flatfoot 56 arrived at Heathrow about noon and rocked up at mine for a quick chat a nap and some pasta (and a good few Guinnesses too truth be told!) before hightailing it to the Cricketers in Kingston to kick off their England/Scotland tour. The first of their twelve date tour they absolutely stormed it. The night was kicked off by Warshy playing a set of Leadbelly infused solo country-folk-blues that got us all right in the mood for Matilda’s Scoundrels to do what they do best. Kick up a right fecking storm with a set of folk-punk that lent heavily from their new album and their regular Kingston appearances are starting to pay off with more and more people checking them out. The amount of fans wearing their t-shirts grows with every gig. Then it was time for the local Bhoys and Ghirl The Lagan motoring down from Reading where they playing at London Irish rugby club. Out of breath they arrived in the nick of time sweeping up the stairs at The Cricketers and right onto the stage! The big crowd loved it all and went out in the cold with beaming faces while we all went back to mine and finished off the Baileys! Flatfoot were better than any of us expected. Quite simply the best band I have seen in years!
Monday 27th November 2017
The following day we moved the entire show over to TChances in Tottenham and again they did one hell of an awesome show. Two gigs in one day was too much for poor Brendan from The Lagan and in a very croaky phone call he was apologetic but could barely speak so sadly The Lagan were forced to drop out but this just meant that Warshy, Matilda’s and Flatfoot could all extend their sets. Every grey cloud eh? The excellent venue has been trough a bit of a re-fit and the sound was absolutely superb and with a generous amount of time to play they all killed it with a absolutely brilliant crowd for a fecking Monday before really getting into them. We waved goodbye at the end and they jetted off to continue their tour. Great people all round and we are already looking forward to their next visit.
Wednesday 4th October 2017
On October 4th back in 1982 something happened that would forever change peoples lives forever. A band called POGUE MAHONE took the stage in an iconic old venue in Kings Cross and the rest as they say is history!
That band went onto become THE POGUES and be known and loved throughout the world. With them calling it a day on their live shows where better to spend the anniversary of that day 35 years ago then in the company of the world’s greatest Pogues tribute band THE POGUE TRADERS playing live at the very same venue! Support on the night came from PAUL ‘mad dog’ McGUINNESS (from Shane’s auld band THE POPES) AND FRIENDS. Back and well down the road to recovery Paul played a blinding set of celtic-rock.
London Irish punk folker ANTO MORRA started the night off with a solid set of must be heard straight from the heart acoustic punk folk.
Saturday 16th September 2017
Halfway To St Patrick’s Day!
At the furthest point away from the best party of the year so what better night better than to throw a wild London-Irish ‘Halfway To St Patrick’s Day’ shindig. MICK O’TOOLE
five piece southern cider swilling folk band from the deepest darkest Shire headlined and had our feet tapping and tankard slamming along to a number of Irish classics and some mighty original belters of their own. FOLLOW THE CROWS were a band we trying to get on a gig for a long time and they didnt disappoint either with a cool as feck mix of trad Irish and cool Americana. Not many on the London Irish scene do it as good as these guys. Hailing from South-West London THE DISINCLINED are ageing purveyors of kazoo laden rocking indie-punk. Able to qualify for the Republic Of Ireland football team they kicked off the night with a set of excellent Pixiesesque/post-punk rocking.
THE DEAD MAGGIES TOUR OF ENGLAND
A long long time ago (or so it seemed but it was actually only three years!) we put on a fantastic folk-punk band from deepest darkest Tasmania called The Dead Maggies. It was a very hot and sweaty night at TChance in Tottenham in north London and pretty much all I remember of the night was how much fun I and the others around had. Well we must have done something good as they trusted to help organise their tour inbetween dates at Outcider festival and the Boomtown Fair. We booked them two dates in Kingston, sorta south London and Hackney in north London. Ensuring that the two notoriously difficult factions of London folk-punk would not have to meet! Spotting that Matilda’s Scoundrels were due to play both fests with the Maggies we roped them in as support on both dates and then Benny Mayhem fell into our laps. We had done a review of hie excellent EP (go check it out on the main page now) and he mentioned he would be touring England after Rebellion fest and hey presto a bit of juggling and he was in on both dates. We just had to hope that “we put it on they will come”…
With the gigs being absolutely right slap bang in the middle of festival season the gigs were about finding something to do inbetween the main events though crowds on both dates were bigger than I expected. Thanks to all the bands, both venues and their friendly and helpful staff and their soundmen. Thanks also to the loyal London Celtic Punks crowd for turning out and for the rain for stopping for at least two dates at the height of summer!.
Friday 11th August 2017
Thursday 10th August 2017
Friday 16th June 2017
Sinful Maggie were due to play their debut gig at TChances in Tottenham on the Saturday so we gave them a buzz and suggested a gig the night before in Kingston. We booked up The Cricketers a great place and with a fantastic PA person (hello Laura if you watching) and hooked up with two great support bands. The Disinclined are mostly local to Kingston and always been great friends of London Celtic Punks. Hard to pigeonhole I’m always fond of saying that as a a band they could qualify for Ireland under Jack Charlton! They play a solid set of Pixies inspired indie rock with both light and heavy touches. A bunch of chaps playing for the love of it and this spills over it their music. A real joy to watch. The Babes are a band we been following for a while. Three members. A drummer, a bassist and a bagpiper from Colombia. What a glorious racket they produce. Disorder-ish anarcho-punk thats great fun to
watch and easy to get into. This left Sinful Maggie and their first gig outside Dorset for these accordion punk rock and rollers! Not quite a celtic-punk band we going tom claim them anyway they a relatively new band and with some great catchy punk tunes and a great attitude one to watch out for.
Saturday 4th February 2017
Review by Chris Brown
Saturday night I was treated to some of London’s finest Irish Punk/folk music by many of the friends I’ve made over the last few years, and some more recent friends. The venue was The Gunners in Highbury, more familiar with Gooners than with the London Irish Punk scene (and it was full many of them drowning their sorrows after losing to Chelsea when I arrived).
I was on the door on behalf of London Celtic Punks ( of which I am a recent member of) who ably assisted in ensuring I didn’t get hung, drawn and quartered by any Gooners I tried to charge them for coming into their pub of choice lol.
Soundchecks were running late so first act on was the talented acoustic London Punk Folkster Anto Morra (a recent friend on Facebook and fellow lover of The Regency Café) actually started his set about five minutes before it was due to end. Luckily he was given more than 5 minutes to play and his songs were a joy to listen to, as was his acoustic cover version of Stiff Little Fingers’ classic song Wasted Life. We chatted both before and after his set and I was given a vinyl copy of one of his excellent albums. Definitely a man I will be seeing and listening to a lot more of, including meeting up with him for a slap-up meal at The Regency some time soon.
Next up were a band that I’ve not come across before and to be honest I’m still not sure what to make of them. They’re called Schadegeddon. A strange mix of Theatre, Cabaret, Celtic Punk, Ska, Rock and (apparently) Morris Dancing. I need to see them a few times more before I can give an opinion of them. They have bagpipes though, so there’s a good chance they will grow on me.
And now the night started getting really interesting. Two of my favourite London Irish Punk bands playing together on stage for the first time in many years. First up were The Lagan (a band very popular with the Hellhounds and festival-goers at Dogfest, Deerstock and especially Rockstock And Barrel). They played a blinding, if short set full of many of my favourite songs. I would have loved to have been stage front but as I was working it wasn’t really possible. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed the set.
Next up, the headlining band Neck. Again another blinding, if short set full of many of my favourite songs. Leeson dedicated ‘Always Upsettin’ Somebody’ as he knew it’s my favourite (I’ve even told him that if I leave this mortal coil before me, I want him to play it at my funeral). This was also the band’s chance to show off their newest drummer Tom (Charlie is going travelling the world for a few years) and he did remarkably well. I’ve got to admit I’m gonna miss Charlie’s ‘cum-face’ as he drums. It always amused me watching his face while he was demolishing the drum kit one beat at a time. All in all an amazing night with my only real complaint being that the sets were not long enough. Neck are playing at The Oval in Croydon this Friday and it’s gonna be Charlie’s last gig with Neck, so it’s gonna be sort of a farewell gig for him. Would be nice if the place got packed to wish him fair travels and fine times.
Monday 8th January 2017
With one day left and the problem of transport it was decided to give Woking a go. The wifey is mates with Elaine from Phoenix Chroi who runs a small intimate folk venue in Woking who gave us the thumbs up to go ahead. Sadly Brendan’s cold meant he couldn’t go on so it was left to our man Comrade X to open proceedings and having rushed straight from appearing on the FA Cup draw with his beloved Sutton United he launched into a 40 minute set of punk rock and Irish classics. Ever the gent he didn’t even take his fee of a bottle of Dragon Stout! Mickey Rickshaw played the best part of an hour and then hot and sweaty came back to mine to sit up half the night drinking whiskey mac’s and eating scrambled eggs. Left for work in the morning at 6am like a zombie and when i got back they had left to head to Ireland to finish their tour. They say they are coming back with the full band so watch this space. It will be something not to be missed!
Sunday 8th January 2017
With the Rickshaw bhoys transport-less it was decided to head to South-West London for their second date and Kingston was the venue with The Cricketers the venue. A great place that isn’t used enough and the sound was fantastic with Laura doing a great job tonight. The night started with Brendan from The Lagan doing a solo set of mostly Christy Moore classics on acoustic guitar and sometimes bodhran despite having a stinking cold. He was followed by Phoenix Chroi who played a set of Souxsie influenced new wave punk and then Matilda’s Scoundrels who get better and better with every gig. A fantastic crowd, especially for a Sunday, and Mickey Rickshaw again played a blinding set with the crowd in their pockets. A lengthy set squeezing every last drop of energy out of them!
Saturday 7th January 2017
The lads rolled into London the day before the gig after arriving through customs on a wing and a prayer and settled into their Camden hostel. They spent the following day sight-seeing around London after all who doesn’t go to Buckingham Place! Turning up at The Stags Head expecting a handful of hardcore folkies and the London Celtic Punks admins we all got a shock as you couldn’t literally move inside. Great set from Refuse/All of female fronted anarcho-punk followed by LCP favourites Matilda’s Scoundrels giving us some hardcore folkie punk that got the crowd in the mood for Mickey Rickshaw to riase the roof with a hour long set of their celtic punk set folked up along with a few choice covers from Billy Bragg to the Wolfe Tones.
Interview with Mickey Rickshaw presented by Bunney from Urbankelt outside The Stags Head while Refuse/All played inside!
Friday 30th September 2016
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Fresh from their triumphant London debut at the Gunners in Finsbury Park on Friday, Saturday finds the Cundeez saarf ov ver rivver at the Veg Bar in sunny Brixton as guests of the London Celtic Punks.
The Veg Bar is a vegan restaurant on Tulse Hill, just up from Brixton station. It’s a quiet, unassuming place and certainly not the sort of establishment generally considered home to the kind of mayhem and shenanigans associated with punk rock. However, there is a cellar bar. And that’s where the chaos ensues…
There’s other bands tonight, all of whom are good at what they do and some more to my taste than others. The stand outs for me were Comrade X, who always delivers the goods, and Black Water County, whose punk-infused folk may invite some obvious comparisons, but they play with enough talent and conviction to mark themselves out as contenders in their own right. I’d definitely be up for seeing them again.
By the time the Cundeez fire up, it’s hot in that little cellar bar. Damn hot. And there’s a pissed-up bunch of good natured yobbos and n’er do wells more than ready for them. The choice of London Calling as an opener is superb. It’s The Cundeez saying hello to their southern friends, and it’s an acknowledgement that wherever we’re from, we share similar tastes, backgrounds and experiences. And that’s what matters.
A Cundeez gig is a thing of great joy. Like a cross between a benevolent riot and the greatest party you’ve ever been invited to. Every song they play represents what’s great about punk rock when it’s done properly: energy, excitement, anger and humour are all present, wrapped up in killer tunes that hit you full-on and take no prisoners. What marks the Cundeez out from so many of their peers is that even when they are angry (“Austerity,” “Mr Politician” or the magnificently vitriolic “Yer Talkin’ Shite”), there is a sense of positivity and energy that’s sadly missing in so many other bands who generally seem content to just moan and wallow in it. There’s no room for negativity or despondency when the Cundeez are playing because you’re too busy having a bloody good time. Just watch them performing “Roota” and I defy you not to end up grinning from ear to ear and at the very least, tapping your foot.
Tonight’s crowd need no second bidding to get stuck in and show their appreciation by leaping around like a bunch of loons. The sweltering heat means “taps aaf” is pretty much obligatory. New single, “Rebellion” sounds incredible, and is a definite highlight in a flawless set. The Buzzcocks’ classic “Ever Fallen in Love…” is given a grand shake up, and by the time they hit “Night Boat to Cairo” everybody in the crowd is going ballistic. The energy and excitement this friendly bunch of Dundonians generate in one gig would be enough to power a small town.
And so the Cundeez came to London and it would be no exaggeration to say that they absolutely smashed it on both nights. For me personally, it meant I got to support a band I’ve been raving about for the last year, and see them twice in one weekend. That’s pretty good going as far as I’m concerned. Not only are they an amazing live band, but they’re also some of the nicest, most decent folk I’ve met on the punk scene. Gary, Stevie, Trotsky and Tez, you’re welcome back anytime. London loves the Cundeez. Keep it Oary!
London Celtic Punks Gig Review here
Thursday 17th March 2016
WEll sad to say but me and the fellow founding member of London Celtic Punks went on a proper all day bender taking in pretty much every Irish pub in County Holloway (road) and finishing in the 12 Pins in Finsbury Park before tubing it up to Kings Cross. As a result I don’t remember much at all of the gig except it was pretty good, pretty packed and more drink was taken!
cheers to THE POGUE TRADERS, THE HOMING, PerKELT and ANTO MORRA who performed and next time I promise more sobriety!!!
Sunday 13th December 2015
So two gigs in three days. Would it be too much? Well for a start it was too much for my mobile which somehow went missing on the way home from Hennessey’s! Sunday rolls in and we not knowing exactly what to expect. The venue looks fantastic after its refurbishment. Gone is the spit and sawdust of this iconic venue and its all dolled up with posh menus and craft beers. The gig kicks off with a smallish crowd watching the great ANTO MORRA kick off the night. A great set but sad that not too many there to see it. He is followed of course by the also great COMRADE X and once again there doesn’t seem to be much action through the door. The front of the pub is packed but I’m doing the door and starting to get worried. Comrade finishes his set and the mighty POGUE TRADERS take the stage just as I go for a pint and all of a sudden the door is packed with people. I can’t get back to help the Mrs who does a brilliant job on her own till i force my way back to help her. Five minutes late and the front of the pub is empty and the venue is nicely full.
They are a great band and authentic as feck and within a couple of minutes the crowd is swaying and singing along and leaping about. In the venue where it all started for The Pogues all them years ago we can remember what a great band they are. News came out in the week previous that The Pogues would not be performing live any more so the night had extra meaning.
Heather wrote a great review of the night for us which can be read here.
Friday 11th December 2015
Day one of our ‘Irish Punk Weekend’ saw us putting on a benefit gig for Voice Of Gaza an educational charity in Palestine helping students. A very worthy cause. ANTO MORRA took the stage just after 8pm and played an rip roaring set of his Gaelic tinged songs plus a brilliant cover of SLF’s ‘Wasted Life’ and a Christmas medley! THE BIBLE CODE SUNDAYS came on after Anto and showed why they are #1 in the Irish scene in London. A hours worth of the catchiest celtic-rock played by anyone. Joined on stage at one point by Brendan, the frontman of fellow London Irish rockers THE LAGAN. Headlining tonight were NECK and and as usual their set was perfectly played and whipped the crowd into a right frenzy. The first time they’ve shared a stage with BCS in nearly a decade since a glorious night at the legendary Galtymore (R.I.P!) in Kilburn. Tonight was truly the best that the London Irish could offer and everyone went home happy I am sure. A great crowd packed out Hennessey’s Bar in deepest South Harrow and raised a decent amount of cash (just under £800) to support the work that Voice Of Gaza do. We loved doing this so will be holding another soon so if you’re interested in playing contact us.
Wednesday 28th October 2015
With Continental in London site seeing for a couple of days we decided to hook them up with another gig, this time with London Irish celtic-punk legends Neck in The Good Ship in the London Irish heartland of Kilburn. The bad news was that sadly Neck had to pull out of the gig a couple of days beforehand but the gig was still a blast and although not particularly busy on the night both Continental and Celtic FFR put on great extended performances for those lucky enough to be there. More like a ‘Meet And Greet’ as Rick and the boys drank with and chatted to their fans. Great band with a great down to earth attitude.
Monday 26th October 2015
After some initial drama at customs everything finally sorted itself out and anyway it wouldn’t be a London Celtic Punks gig without something to worry about! A decent enough crowd for a Monday but deserved to be much much bigger as all the bands pulled out the stops for a great night. COMRADE X played a fantastic set with a couple of songs I never heard him play before. FFR CELTIC FIESTA came over from France and were pretty much unknown to me but cor blimey they were good. Only a 4 piece but did they kick up a storm or what. I find myself saying it a lot but again THE LAGAN surpassed themselves. The great sound in The Garage really suits them. Finally CONTINENTAL blew us away. On their Euro tour they played a blinding set and was lucky to have a quick chat with the guys after and what a nice bunch of fella’s they are.
Gig Review from The Morning Star 28th October 2015 (here)
Comrade X + FFR Celtic Fiesta + The Lagan + Continental
The Garage, London N1
Comrade X lashes up his guitar and revs up the motor before launching this London Celtic Punks/Urbankelt night at the Garage.
Sounding like Woody Guthrie Clashing with Oi, his three-chord cover set bristles and aches with enthusiasm, politics and passion. “This is a song about a political prisoner,” he thunders as Janie Jones’s opening line: “He’s in love with rock’n’roll woaahh,” sums up a rousing performance.
Over from France, FFR Celtic Fiesta say being on stage is being alive and they certainly show why.
Dressed in kilts, this Belfort four-piece’s sound is based around the brilliant Marie on electric violin, whose Gallic joie de vivre layered on top of a heavy and tight rhythm section brings the crowd alive.
Infectious and engaging, the songs sung in English, French and Spanish are a perfect kaleidoscope of Celtic culture at is best.
London Irish Celtic punks The Lagan have a pure riotous energy which marks them out as one of the best young bands on the scene today.
Charismatic front man Brendan leads a line-up of guitar, tin whistles, mandolins, fiddle, bass and drums and the songs from debut album Where’s Your Messiah Now? burn with a fire born of working-class politics and drinking.
There’s a new number about anti-racism which shows a maturing quality in the songwriting but it’s crowd pleaser Same Shite Different Night that’s the stand-out as it chronicles all the morons we have to put up with after too many beers.
Wildly catchy, the crowd love it and belt out the chorus with the band.
Continental are the latest band of Rick Barton, the Boston-based and charismatic ex-guitarist of the Dropkick Murphys.
This is Granite City rock, played by four superb musicians whose vocals are as tight as the rhythm section is hard.
There’s a definite hint of the Stones rolling along under these tunes but they blend in all their influences from punk, country, folk and blues to create a soundscape as big as the States.
Barton is a talented songwriter and his blue-collar stories recount tales of love, loss, searching and redemption.
A brilliant performance by extremely talented musicians to end a quality night.
Review by Bob Oram
Saturday 29th August 2015
Well not much flows smoothly in the world of London Celtic Punk I tell you. Booked The Water Rats months in advance and then began organising the gig only to hear three weeks before the gig that The Rats would be closed for a refurb and wouldn’t be open in time. We flew into action and managed to book the gig to be at The Cock Tavern just down the road, in Euston, from The Water Rats. The Cock is home of the Underground CSC and we settled into watch the Celtic game in the afternoon and then afterwards shove the pool table to one side and make some room for the music.
The room was already pretty packed when BUCKETS OF COURAGE took the floor and gave us a set of Anti-Nowhere League style hardcore punk that had half the crowd running out the door covering their ears and the other half enthralled.
London Celtic Punk favourite ANTO MORRA was up next and did a few solo songs and then halfway through his set was joined by CAROL ANDERSON on fiddle.
Then the main band who everyone had come to see but not many had actually seen before. THE WAKES all the way from Glasgow and set off on a fantastic 90 minute set that had the crowd singing along with them when they knew the words and punching the air when they didn’t. The boys were great. A hot and very sweaty night and not a single person left the building without a grin. Anti-fascist folk’n’roll… you bet!
After THE WAKES had done and with the crowd reluctant to move Anto and Carol got back up and sang a few more songs to send us all off in the night.
Thanks as usual to the bands for playing and Sheila at The Cock Tavern for hosting us.
If you are on Facebook then check out the Photo Album of the gig here.
Saturday 15th August 2015
Was a bit of indecision over this gig but when we decided to go for it we really did go for it. THE RUMJACKS, yes the best celtic-punk band in the world were coming to England and wanted us to do the gig. Well we could hardly say no could we? Joining up with our friends at URBANKELT to do it together was a great idea as they managed to book The Garage in Highbury. Yeah it had its faults like first band on at 6-30pm and the whole thing had to finish at 9-45pm (i know I know!!!) but the place was packed and the sweat was dripping down the walls and the crowd went wild as soon as the y hit the stage.
London Welsh glam punkers FEATHERZ were first band on and at an unGodly time too. Still they did a great set appreciated by all the early birds and did go down well.
Next up was THE LAGAN our very own London Irish Celtic Punk band and with a fantastic PA they rattled off a perfect set of classic celtic-punk.
Finally THE RUMJACKS. Been a big fan of these for a long time and they did not disappoint. Absolutely-fecking-marvellous and a couple of people there have said it is the best gig they have ever been. Unbelievably good and we cannot wait to get them back to London next year. Quite simply the reason we do all this hit is for nights like this.
With the gig over and not even 10pm we all retired to the bar downstairs and sure enough the Rumjacks came down and had a mingle with us and a few drinks and showed themselves to be the generous, down to earth and humble people I had suspected them to be.
Hats off to the bands again and especially to URBANKELT for helping pull this off.
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Friday 5th to Sunday 6th June 2015
yes its the MICK O’TOOLE and MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS tour. Not quite a full on UK thing but Hastings, Camden and Kinston aint too bad is it?
All the gigs went very well starting with Hastings on Friday night. COMRADE X supported and resisted the urge to get too pissed on the train up there!
The Devonshire Arms in Camden again on the Saturday and a supposed 10pm curfew didnt happen as The Lagan played well into the night. A packed pub gave it plenty of oompf and all went home extremely sweaty and tired out.
On the Sunday it was time for The Fighting Cocks and all the bands again put in a fantastic show that sadly wasnt greatly attended till The Lagan took the stage but still looked and sounded the absolute bollocks! Ironically it turns out that if we’d have had the crowd from The Dev with the sound from The Fighting Cocks it would have been just about the best gig any of us would have seen this year!
Friday 29th May 2015
Held at The Devonshire Arms in Camden and FREE entry!! Sound problems held up the gig and truth be told annoyed Bryan a wee bit but what a performance the Boston Irish folk-punk singer songwriter put on. First ever gig in London and we can’t wait to get him back in town. Luckily someone recorded a good chunk of the show so have a look and be full of regret you never made it! Great banter with the crowd and hopefully we helped cheer him up after the earlier sound problems!
Louise Distras headlined and performed for the first time with her band. Great show all round.
Saturday 4th April 2015
A benefit gig to kick start the beginning of preperations for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 uprising in Ireland when a small band of Irish rebels rose against an Empire. Supported by the RMT trade union, Urbankelt, the Connolly Asociation and ourselves we returned to the legendary music venue The Water Rats, A stones throw from Kings Cross the spiritual home of London Celtic Punk where The Pogues first took the stage proved again to be an excellent venue.
ANTO MORRA was a late addition to the bill and played what was for me the best set I have ever seen him do. All his classics were included plus a couple of extra songs relevant to the gig. His version of ‘The Foggy Dew’ was superb.
COMRADE X again went down a storm. A celtic tinged set of acoustic punk. folk and trad classics including a breathtaking version of ‘James Connolly’.
BLACK WATER COUNTY tons of ability, good humour and boundless energy they certainly whipped the crowd up and had the whole place bouncing about.
NECK played their usual great set. Snook in a new song that sounded brilliant and had the whole place on th danceflor by the time they belted out the ‘Fields Of Athenry’.
it was also a privelige to have the General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash, speak a few words inbetween bands. As a child of Irish immigrants himself he warned of the dangers of scapegoating immigrants at the expense of the people who are really ruining this country. The rich and the elite.
A great night and a rake of money raised for the Connolly Asociation and plans laid to work together soon.
Special thanks to Comrade X for organising this great event as well as Urbankelt Cainéal and their friendly crew over at The Water Rats.
Here’s a great video put together by Urbankelt showing all the highlights of the night!
Saturday 21st March 2015
We have always wanted to do a pre-gig afternoon show when one of the celtic-punk powerhouses come to town and with the Celtic Punk Invasion hitting Brixton Academy on a Saturday with the Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones and Blood Or Whiskey in tow it was too good a chance to miss. After a bit of discussion we found an absolutely brilliant venue in The Hootananny just a few minutes walk from the Academy and waited till the day. Well what a day. A massive crowd of you all turned up and made the day the best yet in the London Celtic Punks short history.
COMRADE X played a blinding opening set to get the crowd singing along and get the Guinness flowing. Fast becoming a permanent fixture for us and we love it and long may it continue.
BLACK WATER COUNTY drove up from Dorset despite having their London gig cancelled the night before and took us all by storm. Fast, energetic and joyful celtic-punk which had The Lagan bhoys raving about them for days. The crowd took to them and danced round like eejits me included!
THE LAGAN well these lot certainly not lost any of their pip and they blasted through near an hours worth of hardcore celtic-punk. Tight as owt and just as powerful they were joined by Finny and Dom from The Mahones for the end of their set.
a joyous occasion and when the bucket went round for donations to pay the PA you outdone yourselves and all the bands went home with plenty of cash. we even forced Comrade X to take some which he said he would spend on a curry…
here is the entire set from the legendary Comrade X
the Celtic Punk Invasion gig afterwards was fucking brilliant too…
Saturday 29th November 2014
with London celtic-punk legend Paul ‘Mad Dog’ McGuinness still suffering after being knocked over in a car accident last year we teamed up with the Urbankelt crowd again to do another ‘Give A Dog A Bone’ gig. With this in the planning stage I was contacted by Anto Morra who was bringing out a new EP and wanted us to host the rElease Show. well we were chuffed to say yes and we began to get weaving.
Unfortunately both The Irish World and The Irish Post chose to completely ignore the gig and didn’t list it despite me sending them both several emails as well as facebook messages. The gig was fairly well attended but we wanted to get Paul a decent wedge and the £100 we got him won’t last long.
Anyhow ROBERT ALLWOOD kicked off the night with some folky Spanish songs some a bit saucy and some anti-fascist anthems.
DEREK, a mate of Anto’s, came on next and did a couple followed by the acoustic punk bashings of COMRADE X who played yet another blinding set of mostly celtic influenced punk.
ANTO MORRA came on and did a short set of solo acoustic numbers including a fantastic version of probably Mad Dog’s most popular song ‘Holloway Boulevard’
He was followed on by THE LAGAN who were a late addition to the night but more than welcome. A few new songs and some well worn classics got the crowd going. Absolutely brilliant is how I can only describe them.
ANTO MORRA AND THE FOLK PUNKERS took the stage and played a long set of classic folk-punk. Mostly songs from Anto’s solo records with great backing.
Bringing the night to a close and with the place filling up with Polish punks preferring our gig to their own in the front bar BLACK WATER COUNTY broke their north London cherry and played a fast and furious set of trad celtic-punk with a few covers chucked in that had the whole place bouncing about.
Thanks to all the usual suspects as usual, especially Rik for the PA and God speed Paul and here’s to a quick recovery!
gig photos by Nessa
Monday 1st September 2014
back to TChances in Tottenham after our Water Rats ‘experience’ and a timely reminder of why we keep coming back to this wonderful place. Penny and Kyle really care about the bands and the music and look after everyone so well we just wish we could give them a medal!
Five months after the initial planning and Tasmanian convict punks THE DEAD MAGGIES are playing in front of me. had me doubts it would happen but all goes very well and for a Monday night I doubt we could have got a better crowd. Lively and enthusiastic the audience lap it up and everyone goes streaming out the door with bags of Dead Maggies merch!
STEVE WHITE AND THE PROTEST FAMILY- second time we had them to play and they raise the roof with anti-fascist socialist working class anthems and piss a few Spurs fans off in their own backyard too!!
ANTO MORRA- went on first and wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but pure brilliance. Anto’s a very funny man with a great voice and a whole lot of great songs.
So the night showcased everything that celtic/folk-punk has got to offer and was one of the best nights I have ever put together. Thanks to everyone who braved the thunderstorm and came out on a school night!
Friday 8th August 2014
we united with Urbankelt to co-promote this gig and were as lucky as anything to get The Water Rats, a great and famous venue in Kings Cross. well they fucked us about no end right up to the bands setting foot on stage so we’ll not be heading there again!
The PA guy was sound and did a brilliant job but didn’t catch his name in the excitement.
THE GREENLAND WHALEFISHERS- only their second London visit in their 20th anniversary year. they were magnificent and got to play for nearly a hour which was great as well.
THE CRAICHEADS- first time for us and also great.
CITIZEN X- fucked over by the venue Citizen went on and done a pissed off set of acoustic punk and never had he been better.
photos of The Greenland Whalefishers by Gosia O’Hooligan
Saturday 1st February 2014
Soon as we heard Paul the singer from The Popes had been in some sort of car accident we flew into action and announced this benefit gig. we managed to raise £200 and have a brilliant time in the process.
Rik stepped in to do the PA at short notice and the gig was at TChances in Tottenham.
THE LAGAN- acoustic set but not that you’d know as they blasted through their set and had us all lepping about.
FOLK GRINDER- fantastic band fantastic set of gothic sea shanties.
THE BRENDAN BEHAN PIG AND WHISTLE BAND- fronted by the man himselves nephew they played a lengthy set of classic Irish songs with audience participation set to push them off the stage at one point.
CITIZEN X- his first gig for us and he’s gone on to be a firm favourite and a friend as well.
Tuesday 15th October 2013
Jay from Australian celtic-punk band Between The Wars was over on family business so he done a few gigs up and done the country and we did the London leg.
PA was by Leeson and the gig was at TChances in Tottenham in North London.
JAY- A lovely solo set of BTW songs plus some of his own plus a couple of other notables including my old mate John McCullagh’s song ‘I’ll Dance On Your Grave Maggie Thatcher’ in which I was dragged onto the stage but lasted only till the second verse before my bottle went.
THE LAGAN- Band trouble with it being a midweek gig but the Lagan lads still gave it plenty of oompf.
LEESON O’KEEFE- Leeson, vocalist from Neck, opened the gig and also did PA duties. Good man himself!
Sunday 22nd September 2013
The North London Punx Picnic was held the two previous days in TChances so I was approached by the organisers to put something on a bit folky for the Sunday afternoon as a wind down session . We got celtic-punk legends Neck to play an acoustic set and a huge crowd turned up for the gig which also played as, good friend of ours, Brians 50th birthday party.
Saturday 16th March 2013
we didn’t organise it but helped promote it. unfortunately later on we were to have our fingers burnt by Beerbelly Promotions and vowed never to work with them again!
was all a bit pricey at £7 and the promised drink promotions never materialised meaning we were the only people in London watching irish music paying £4 a pint for the Guinness!
NECK- hard to remember…
CAPTAIN BASTARD AND THE SCALLYWAGS- missed what turned out to be their last ever London gig as I was getting pissed in Liverpool street Wetherspoons!
Saturday 23rd February 2013
We got together with some Basque mates of ours to do this Basque/Irish solidarity night down at TChances in Tottenham. We had the bib big backroom for a change and bloody hell didn’t we fill it. Always been a lot of friendship between us and was great to see everyone dancing away and having lots of fun. All the money raised went to groups representing prisoners in the occupied 6 counties and basque country.
NECK- great headlining set that went down a storm with all.
BOTTLEJOB- Irish/Basque Oi! band based in London.
NO HOPE- these Basque lads came over specifically to play the gig .
STEVE WHITE AND THE PROTEST FAMILY- these lot came from Walthamstow!
wee bit of fisticuffs before the gig even had started was all sorted out but had us on the door worrying about a repeat that never materialised. to be honest was a good thing they’d have been battered!!
Saturday 12th May 2012
one of the best nights we ever had at Mannions and certainly one of the best line-ups. a benefit for the North London Punx Picnic and raised a fair amount from what I can remember.
the gig started well late, the usual hic-ups, and went on into the early hours which no one seemed to mind.
NECK- leeson was on fire tonight racing round Mannions playing guitar solo’s. class!
CAPTAIN BASTARD AND THE SCALLYWAGS- was to be the last time we saw the boys play sadly.
REFUSE/ALL- Kev the vocalist was outed at the gig as a rangers fan…a Queens Park rangers fan he was very quick to add.
have you spotted the flyer cock-up?
aye I got Captain Bastard And The Scallywags name mixed up and didn’t notice till I had 400 sheets of flyers in me hand. whoops!
after the success of the last Ceilidh we helped out to do it all again. Not as busy but if memory serves me well it was bastard freezing that night!
Friday 28th October 2011
unfortunately some of our mates that we did the benefit for back in July 2010 were jailed so we helped organise a Ceilidh Night at The Victoria in Dalston. lots of fun and lots of money was raised and NONE of the London Celtic Punks crew danced!!
all done very proper with callers and demonstrations of the dances.
we organised a 3 day tour for BASTARDS ON PARADE and THE LAGAN. wouldn’t say it was a resounding success but ended with a great night in Brixton.
Sunday 1st May 2011
the last night at The Grosvenor in Brixton. great venue and decent crowd. Unfortunatly the night was spoiled somewhat by comments made by a member of Smokey Bastard that resulted in London Celtic Punks having to release a statement stating that we would be boycotting them in future.
The Lagan didn’t play the gig as the previous two nights had wrecked them and Brendan the singer had lost his voice. Not for the first time Leeson saved the night!
BASTARDS ON PARADE- superb and lengthy set from this authentic celtic-punk band from Galicia. Ended the night with some brilliant punked up Irish rebel songs and no one gave a fuck.
SMOKEY BASTARD- skip them
LEESON O’KEEFE- as already mentioned he saved the day and the highlight of his set was ‘Blood On The Streets’. Quite possibly the best song in celtic-punk.
Saturday 30th April 2011
Somewhere in Bristol
BASTARDS ON PARADE-
Friday 29th April 2011
Gig at The Cobblers Thumb in Brighton
BASTARDS ON PARADE-
Saturday 19th March 2011
Risky business putting on anything around St Patricks Day and this was our only ever solo effort. A poor turnout due to all tube links to Tottenham being down at very short notice. People were still arriving after Pipes’n’Pints were half way through their set despite leaving home at 7pm. Still a good enough crowd did make it and for the first and only time we had crowd surfing in Mannions!
PA by Rik at Mannions Prince Arthur.
PIPES’N’PINTS- Over from Prague in the Czech republic for the first time and rocked Mannions into the early hours. Fast and heavy punk rock with quality bagpipes.
DRUNKEN BALORDI- Great band but missed their set.
POISONED LEGACY- solid punk rock band from up the road.
i also learnt to be careful not to have too much going on in the flyer as you couldn’t hardly read the bloody thing!
Friday 25th February 2011
this has to be the biggest pain in the arse of a gig I ever organised in my life. First off the people organising The Dreadnoughts tour bombarded me with unreasonable request after unreasonable request despite me informing them of exactly what we could and couldn’t do and then Smokey Bastard after agreeing to play and lend all backline pulled out at very short notice putting the gig in complete jeopardy until The Lagan stepped in and saved the day.
I missed this due to be being on holiday and by all accounts was a fantastic night.
THE DREADNOUGHTS- hard touring band and absolutely amazing live but need to reel in their booking agents a bit.
THE LAGAN- great band and first time they played directly for us. we been bugging them ever since.
WILL TUN AND THE WASTERS- supposedly from Bristol they arrived from all corners of England for the gig and were for many the highlight of the night.
…and Brendan from The Lagan ate all the The Dreadnoughts rider!
Monday 27th December 2010
Christmas celtic-punk bash down County Holloway. Packed to the gills this gig full of people looking for a reason to get merry…
was at the sadly missed venue The Gaff. really was a home from home and when Costa-fucking-Coffee took it over it took a long time for the scene to recover in North London.
NECK- on top form from my hazy recollections of the night.
CAPTAIN BASTARD AND THE SCALLYWAGS- a young celtic punk band from Canterbury who rocked like hell but only lasted a couple of years before they all went off to join other bands or went away to university.
THE LAGAN- first time I saw these boys and although I missed most of their set was suitably impressed to spend the next month stalking them.
Thursday 12th August 2010
The Greenlands were over for some festival appearance so we got the chance to put on their debut London show. Not brilliantly attended as there were no less than three other punk gigs that night in town with famous American bands playing. Nevertheless wherever celtic punk is a good time will be found and it was a cracking night.
PA guy ? at The Gaff on Holloway Road, County Holloway.
THE GREENLAND WHALEFISHERS- class band never fail to put on an amazing show.
CALICO STREET RIOTS- Kent keltic punkers.
POISONED LEGACY- my mate Bruce from Longfords band. good bunch with solid songs.
Oiz 2 MEN- surprised me with how good they were. daft name though.
Saturday 31st July 2010
day of the Celtic v Lyon game at Arsenal. Just two tube stops to Seven Sisters and Mannions. the gig was a benefit for some friends of ours who were arrested due to their anti-fascist ‘activities’…
Packed to the gills with Celt’s from all over the place who had come down for the game. A drunken and rowdy affair this was.
NECK- possibly the best set I ever saw them do. tons and tons of energy tonight.
CIARAN MURPHY- enough to say Ciaran’s fingers bled like a bastard after his set. cannot say enough what a revelation he was. such a huge pity he gave up singing.
SMOKEY BASTARD- they didnt enjoy this gig much I think…
JENNYWOOI PROJECT- female Canadian acoustic singer-songwriter but none of yer wimpy shit. best described as acoustic Oi!
Glasnevin pulled out of the gig the night before.
Sunday 23rd May 2010
the opening day of the North London Punx Picnic festival was held at Mannions of course and was absolutely packed out for
THE NEWTOWN KINGS
DEF CON ZERO
Saturday 24th April 2010
having seen The Roughnecks supporting The Mahones not long before we were desperate to get them down again to do a headline show. All came together well plenty of people came and drank plenty of Mr Mannions top quality and cheap Guinness.
THE ROUGHNECK RIOT- played for absolutely ages and ened up doing a medley of Pogues covers as they ran out of their own songs.
INTENSIVE CARE- singer Brendan had recently moved to Belfast so these cockney rockers (3/4’s Irish) were looking for a London gig and we were happy to help.
REFUSE/ALL- classic sounding anarcho-punk from these humble and hard working punk rockers.no ego’s no ridiculous demands no pain in the arse just DIY as feck.
highlight of the gig must have been watching most of The Roughnecks sleeping right next to the massive PA speaker.
Saturday 30th January 2010
NECK had to pull out of the gig for some reason which is why the flyers a bit messy. Was a great gig packed out and went well past the supposed curfew!
PA by Rik at Mannions Prince Arthur.
UNDER THE GUN- one time Hackney based punk folkers their now spread all over England but still gigging occasionally. massive in Poland and the pub was chockablock with Poles on the night.
CALICO STREET RIOTS- Gravesend celtic-punk band sadly now defunct. left behind only one EP but it is great!
ACTIVE SLAUGHTER- North London anarcho-punk band who didn’t like farmers.
CHESTER- Stoke Newington pop-punkers. great mates of mine who were always up for playing.
Saturday 8th August 2009
PA done by Rik at Mannions in Tottenham.
CIRCLE J- debut London gig and played a blinder. memory a bit vague but remember the floor in Mannions bouncing!
CIARAN MURPHY- Ciaran came over from Belfast for his first ever gig in England and played an amazing set of modern day Irish rebel and protest songs. Went down a storm!
SMOKEY BASTARD- less said about these the better…
THE HACKNEY MARSHINS- local celtic punk band who split up couple of weeks before the gig and didn’t play!
a pretty good crowd turned up and drank and jigged away into the early hours. Mick from the pub hadn’t seen it so busy in ages and said anytime we wanted to use the pub we were welcome so the London Celtic Punks gig collective was born!