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EP REVIEW: SOUTH SHORE RAMBLERS- ‘Open Room Sessions’ (2015)


The South Shore Ramblers blend traditional forms of folk music with rock and punk, with lyrics about hard times, friendships, mistakes we make, tragedy, love and loss, as well as trying to survive in South Africa in this current day and age.

South Shore Ramblers- Openroom Sessions

The follow up EP to last years Bare Knuckle Blackout hits the streets running and again its a blooming brilliant slice of full on celtic-punk rock. South Africa’s South Shore Ramblers have again come up with a quality record that demands being heard well outside Africa. We’ve said before how lonely it must be being the only celtic-punk band in their entire continent but their are well established Irish and Scots communities and these days that doesn’t seem to matter anyway as the appeal of celtic-punk spreads.

(great live vid featuring ‘Own Wicked Device’ and ‘A Novel Fate’)

Based in Johannesburg, South Shore Ramblers inhabit the punkier side of the celtic-punk world but without losing their folk roots at all, their early beginnings were in The Sunday Punchers, who released a whole host of excellent records, before they split and The South Shore Ramblers were born last year. Their debut EP landed them at a very healthy fifth in the London Celtic Punks EP Of The Year poll (here) and if they can keep up the momentum of this EP then they will be troubling the top of the chart come next year too!

South Shore Ramblers

‘Open Room Sessions’ was recorded at Open Room Studios in Johannesburg, live and mixed a long the way by Darryl Torr. While Bare Knuckle Blackout was as smooth and as perfect as you could get this EP is a lot more rough and ready, but in a good way, and shows the band as close to a live gig as would be possible. They have captured that live sound exactly and from this I am now gagging to catch them one day live. Only three songs and just over ten minutes but the quality of their songs is what rises this about the crowd. Kicking off with ‘Own Wicked Device’ possibly their best song to date and all the elements that make celtic-punk so great are there.  A folky start before Martin’s great vocals come in. Just this side of shouty/raspy without being over the top they fit the music perfect and the band play with a wild abandon that few can match.

‘A Novel Fate’ follows and is the only new track on the EP and keeps up the good work. What sounds like dual vocals works really well and excellently played accordion leads the track along nicely. Plays like two different songs with the two vocal styles. Not quite as punky but still great. The EP ends with ‘Bare Knuckle Blackout’ and a slowish track that perhaps has a Dropkick Murphys sound to it. Again the accordion leads with the mandolin keeping well up.

(left to right) Martin Bezuidenhout - Vocals, Kenneth Dennis - Accordion, Shaun Hillary - Mandolin & Banjos, Pete Kellerman - Bass, Les Bainbridge - Acoustic Guitar, Sean Barron - Electric Guitar, Darryn Small - Drums

(left to right) Martin Bezuidenhout – Vocals, Kenneth Dennis – Accordion, Shaun Hillary – Mandolin & Banjos, Pete Kellerman – Bass, Les Bainbridge – Acoustic Guitar, Sean Barron – Electric Guitar, Darryn Small – Drums

All in a fantastic EP and all the better for not being so polished. Three superb tracks of as good a celtic-punk you will find anywhere and available to you lucky bleeders for nothing (or a couple of quid if you’re feeling generous…no pressure sales here) from the link at the bottom of the page. As I say only the lucky few will have a chance to get to see The South Shore Ramblers in the flesh (the bhoys are looking at getting over to Europe at some point and we are REALLY hoping they manage it) so this EP captures that sound exactly. I defy anyone to not to love this band so get downloading and feast your lugholes on the best celtic-punk band in Africa!

(you can listen to the whole EP by pressing play on the Bandcamp box below)

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to read our review from earlier this year of the South Shore Ramblers debut record ‘Bare Knuckle Blackout’ click here. its also available for FREE you lucky people!

EP REVIEW: SOUTH SHORE RAMBLERS- ‘Bare Knuckle Blackout’ (2014)


though a donation would be welcome!

South Shore Ramblers-'Bare Knuckle Blackout' (2014)

It can’t be an easy thing being the only celtic-punk band on your continent but for South Africa’s South Shore Ramblers that’s the reality. Formed out of the ashes of the sadly now deceased The Sunday Punchers only last year I was well suprised to hear such a quality recording so short into their lifespan. Based in Johannesburg South Shore Ramblers inhabit the punkier side of the things but without losing their folk roots at all. Quite similar but not the same as The Sunday Punchers imagine a much more folk Dropkick Murphys perhaps. Very hard to pigeonhole maybe being the continents only celtic-punk band has given them that bit of individuality that sometimes is lacking a wee bit in the scene.

‘Bare Knuckle Blackout’ clocks in at a very nice twenty minutes and flows seamlessly with all six tracks showing the band at the very top of their game. It all begins with ‘Thirstday’ and from the very beginning you get a taste of what this band is about. Tales of hard lifes and hard lives, drinking to forget and drinking for the sake of it and the occasional happy time when all the bad times are forgotten. Banjo begins the song and it bursts into life before slowing down again with accordion and a bit of a ska beat with shouty but clear vocals. A wee classic to start with! Next up is title track ‘Bare Knuckle Blackout’ and a slow (for them anyaway!) track that carrys along with a much more hardcore punk sound. References to the Dropkicks cant help but come up due to the South Shore Ramblers shouty vocals and hardcor-ish sound but they stand on their own feet and ‘Own Wicked Device’ begins real folky and is possibly the most ‘traditional’ sounding celtic-punk song on the EP. ‘Hoodlums On Heat’ is a timely reminder that what was promised for South Africa’s future has not only not been delivered but that the ideals have been betrayed by the present ANC government who would traet any dissent with violence for instance turning their guns on striking miners killing scores…

“you speak of change but you choke on the truth
the hoodlums on heat are all fucking you
another toll paid – pockets filled
make a stand. question your government
set in motion that change
before it is too late”

The song is slowed down I suspect so the heartfelt lyrics can be easily understood. The South Shore Ramblers are angry and pissed off and quite rightly so.

“all the people suffer
the president builds another mansion
on tax payers money and stolen pensions”

‘Chugg’ returns the band to drinking and has a real catchy tune and fantastic banjo playing. Easily the best song on the EP its been spinning round my head all day at work and will do the same to you no doubt! ‘It’s Alright’ brings it all to an end with a great wee ditty with accordion to the fore with sad lyrics. In Shaun’s words

“We sadly lost some friends over the years very dear to some members… We wrote the song in spirit of them. Each verse is about them. One was to suicide in the second verse. The other was an unfortunate accident.”

The folk influences are not neccessarily all celtic as there is all sorts washing up together here. Catchy as hell and with a superb production ‘Bare Knuckle Blackout’ is one of those records which would make yer most hardcore punk happy as well as keeping yer traditional folky in clover too.

South Shore Ramblers

The EP is available to download for free but would be nice if you did leave them something. Its a fantastic EP and only the start of their journey I reckon. The band have got big plans and if things come off we may see them over on these shores soon so good luck to them for that. The South Shore Ramblers have achieved that rare thing…their own sound and believe me it’s a good one.

(to hear the entire EP click play below)

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE SUNDAY PUNCHERS –’High Tides and B-Sides 2010 – 2013′ (2013)


must be pretty lonely when you’re the only celtic-punk band in your town or even your country but what about being the only one in your continent!?!?

The Sunday Punchers- 'High Tides And B-Sides' (2013)

The Sunday Punchers have that exact problem! Hailing from Johannesburg in South Africa they are indeed the continents only celtic folk punk rock and roll muck up!

Traditional Irish music, as well as deep rooted South African folk have a lot in common in terms of music styles. A couple of guys, some from Irish/Scottish heritage and others from their deep rooted Afrikaans heritage decided to do away with their noisy punk rock riffs and look a little deeper into their roots. 

The Sunday Punchers

The Sunday Punchers first set sail on their journey in mid 2010, with only two members, Shaun Hillary and Francois Mostert, who were then joined by Jose Mostert on drums, Michiel Kruger on electric guitar, Ankia Van Der Merve on Violin, Genedior Clarke on bass guitar and Clinton Hattingh on harmonica they were later joined by new drummer Quintin Koekamoer and began to ply their trade around ‘Jo’ wherever they could play.

Their first year was not smooth sailing, the waters of the South African music industry for a new band were not the easiest to navigate and with financial problems and commitment issues a few members where lost.
In early 2011, the original Punchers knew that they needed some new crew. This was when they added Darryn Small on the drums, Gavin Sadler on bass guitar and Brandon Ramnath on Keyboard/accordian.
The winds were changing for the Sunday Punchers and the sails were full! 

The Sunday PunchersThey were being invited to play some of the greatest shows of their musical careers! But once again, some of the members studies and personal lives had to take priority.
In late 2012, some new crew was recruited! Sails still FULL the Sunday Punchers were now set for the perfect journey.
Equipped with a serious, committed crew they are now ready to sail across the sunset and up into the stars…

The band have released a compilation of their early stuff and have put it out for free download so do yourselves a massive favour and click the link below to go direct to the download page…


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Destined to go down in history (well Celtic-Punk history anyway!) the Irish Pub Songs Collection. A download of the best music around today. 70 minutes long with 23 bands from 15 countries and available for nothing at all.


Every day’s St. Patrick’s Day according to Neck but a week today it actually is so to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we are super pleased to offer you this collection of some of the finest Celtic-Punk bands around today to download completely for *FREE*. Seriously this is as good a sampler as you’ll find of what’s alive and kicking and fecking brilliant in the world of Celtic-Punk. Download link below but you can follow the links to find out more about each band.


01. Celkilt (France)- Everyday’s St Patrick’s Day  WebSite
02. Drink Hunters (Catalonia) – Drinking Song  Facebook
03. The Ramshackle Army (Australia) – Boilermaker’s Hands  Facebook  WebSite
04. Auld Corn Brigade (Germany)- Day To Day  WebSite
05. The Vandon Arms (USA) – Streets Of Gold  Facebook
06. Sunday Punchers (South Africa)- Guinness – Facebook
07. Lexington Field (USA) – Crazy Eyes  Facebook  WebSite
08. The Lagan (London)- Fields Of Athenry  Facebook  WebSite
09. Fiddler’s Green (Germany)- A Bottle A Day  WebSite
10. The Detonators (Serbia)- My World  Facebook
11. The Tosspints (USA) – Blood or Whiskey  Facebook
12. Pint Of Stout (Ukraine)- We All Deserve To Die Facebook  Album Review here
13. The Fatty Farmers (Spain) – At The Counter Bar  Facebook
14. Cheers! (Czech Republic)- Cliffs Of Galway  Facebook
15. Fox’n’Firkin (Australia)- 1788  Facebook
16. 1916 (USA)- Wild Rover  WebSite  Facebook
17. Bastards On Parade (Galicia)- Drunken Haze  Facebook
18. The Tossers (USA) – Here’s To A Drink With You  Facebook  WebSite  Album Review here
19. Irish Moutarde (Quebec)- Farewell to Drunkenness  Facebook  Review here  Interview
20. LochNesz (Hungary)- Have Another Whisky  Facebook
21. Brutus’ Daughters (Spain) – 6 Beers  Facebook
22. The Scally Cap Brats (Canada) – Dress Sharp, Drink Hard  Bandcamp
23. The Irish Rovers (Canada) – Drunken Sailor  Facebook 
if any links go dead leave a comment please leave a comment


you can download Irish Pub Songs for free if you wish but there is also an option to donate to the Justice For The Craigavon 2 campaign that we support. Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton have been locked up unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Any donations to the campaign go directly to the campaign. Their are other albums on the Bandcamp site available. To find out more information on this miscarriage of justice please visit
jftc2.com    www.facebook.com/JFTC2/


So there you have it. The CD clocks in at a whopping 70 minutes and and its not even dominated by North American bands with 15 countries represented on the compilation. It’s a ‘name your price’ download so anything at all is acceptable from nothing to whatever you can afford. So get downloading, put the kettle on or open a beer and get listening…
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