Levellers' classic Levelling The Land album gets a 25th Anniversary release on the band's own label On The Fiddle Recordings on 18th November.

Available as a 2CD+DVD, 2LP blue vinyl set and Box, includes the original album plus a live version recorded at Brixton Academy. Features the hit singles 15 Years, Far From Home and One Way.

Levellers - One Way (Levelling The Land - Live at Brixton Academy)

 
 
Drink Hunters "Shameless"
Release date: August 10, 2016
Running time: 28:52, 11 tracks


Drink Hunters are back with their third album, “Shameless”. Some line-up changes have occurred, as Rosa (button accordion) and Fernando (fiddle) left the band and Biel from Lád Cúig is the new fiddler. However, Drink Hunters have not changed their style, since “Shameless” is another dose of the same SoCal punk infused stuff that they’ve been delivering from the beginning. The production is top-notch and the balance between the punk instruments (electric guitar, bass and drums) and the folk instruments (tin whistle and fiddle) is perfect.

The starting point to this new Celtic punk trip is “1234”. The first passage reminds me of Green Day from the “Dookie” era, but the song is 100% Drink Hunters: a fast paced number, excellent chorus and backing vocals and great fiddle and whistle arrangements.

The next song, “Trashy Music”, is one of my faves thanks to their infectious chorus. Drink Hunters are really tight on this number about sellout bands whose only goal is to top the charts and make money.

Do More Listening” is another highlight on “Shameless”. The lyrics are about the most common nightmare when Spanish people are learning English as a foreign language and the solution that the teachers usually provide.

Drink Hunters advanced a couple of acoustic versions for songs from “Shameless”. “I Need to Forget” was one of them, a song with a slight Nirvana feel. The brilliant rhythm section is showcased on the title track, “Shameless”.

Picnic Blanket” is probably the folkiest song on the Drink Hunters discography. The polka arrangements come straight from the Kerry area. Needless to say that I love this song.

My Car” is the other song that got the acoustic treatment on video. SoCal Celtic punk at its best with fantastic fiddle and tin whistle arrangements.

Track no. 8 is titled “34” and features guest “El Nota” on the rap part. “What Am I Waiting for” and “Someone Else” are typical Drink Hunters fast-paced numbers before reaching the album climax: “Celtic Punks”, a catchy number that will become the Spanish Celtic punk scene unofficial anthem. The words “We are Celtic Punks” can be heard on Basque, Galician Asturian, Castillan (Brutus Daughters on guests vocals) and Catalonian languages.

Legend has it that Paul McKenzie told that new fans are expecting to listen to some Dropkick Murphys infused music when they go to a Drink Hunters gig, but they are surprised when they get a great deal of Bad Religion and Pennywise influenced songs. Yes, Drink Hunters have created their own niche and probably their punk side is bigger than the Celtic one. But one thing is for sure: their sound is perfect. I’ve listened to a lot of albums where the tin whistle or the pipes are “killed” by the electric instruments in the final mix. However, Drink Hunters and the guys and the studio have done a great job and tin whistle and fiddle are showcased as they deserve it. You can contact the band via Facebook to buy a copy. Go ahead, you won’t regret it!

Tracklist:

01. 1234 2:25
02. Trashy Music 2:48
03. Do More Listening 2:13
04. I Need To Forget 2:14
05. Shameless 2:12
06. Picnic Blanket 2:06
07. My Car 3:00
08. 34 2:56
09. What Am I Waiting For? 3:11
10. Someone Else 2:07
11. Celtic Punks 3.15

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"Banshee", a track from the new Shambolics CD "Riot on Race Day".

Shambolics - Banshee

Have you heard of HOBOFOPO?

Just announced for November 2016 - Tasmania is getting a new festival. It’s the first ever Tasmanian, (and as far as we can tell, the first ever Australian) Folk-Punk Festival! What’s that you ask? Well you know folk festivals, where you run from venue to venue to catch the acts you want to see? Well it’s just like that. Only all the bands are playing folk-punk, all the venues are pubs around Hobart, and nobody will tell you you’re being too loud.

Yes the irrepressible hobos responsible for Tasmanian folk-punk legends The Dead Maggies and Tassie based label Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records are on the rampage once more. Not satisfied with bringing the best of Australian folk-punk bands down to the south island one at a time; they’ve decided they should all be thrown together in one massive four day folk-punk orgy across various venues all around Hobart Town.

With some of the biggest names in Australian folk-punk, along with some of the best you’ve never heard of, all thrown together in mass celebration alongside the explosion of excellent local Tassie talent you’ve got something damn special. Whether you’re a fan of folk music, punk music, something in between or something totally different - this is an amazing opportunity to see a whole music community coming together to see what each other have got.

The first round of the 15+ acts to be announced include globetrotting superstars The Go Set fresh back from the USA on their constant world tour. Two acts from the Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records roster: Sydney’s bush-punk immortals the Handsome Young Strangers and Brisbane’s celtic-punk rising stars Fox ‘N’ Firkin. And two Tassie home-grown heroes: This Is A Robbery, acoustic anarcho-punk fronted by internationally revered songwriter Chris Burrows; and new kids on the block Squid Fishing – who are just 18 and still in school, but are rapidly winning respect from the folk-punk and punk-rock communities. 

Yes 2016 will go down as the year the first ever Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Festival was held; Hobarts very own folk-punk orgy, 10 -13th November. They're calling it HOBOFOPO, you can find it at www.folktilyapunk.com/fest, www.facebook.com/hobofopo or by following the hashtag #HOBOFOPO.

Hobart's Original Folk Punk Orgy HOBOFOPO has just announced the second round of acts, for their folk-punk festival in November. Joining The Go Set, Handsome Young Strangers, Fox 'N' Firkin, This Is A robbery and Squid Fishing are

Celtic Punk band The Ramshackle Army, who have been back and forth between the US from touring with Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers and Frank Turner.

No surprise that local band The Dead Maggies are on the bill, but they're bringing all the musos that they know to form The Dead Maggies' Dark Orchestra to perform a special piece titled "200 years of oppression, a history of van diemens' land".

Potty-mouthed, middle-aged Newcastle yobs The Australian Beefweek Show, are in for a fun and raucous time. They used to have some cow-punk and folk-punk songs, but they've aged disgracefully and now just get drunk and swear a lot.

The alternative darlings of beer-soaked country folk The Stragglers make their first trip to Tasmania, featuring members of The Little Sisters and Cherrywood, expect some sweet tunes and sweet melodies to swig a few bottles of whiskey too.

And, local enigma Hairyman will be venturing out from the forests of the far south of Tasmania to deliver his a'cappella bush-ballads.

And where and when will this folk-punk orgy be I hear you ask???
the dates and venues follow.

Tickets will be available soon, so keep your eyes on www.folktilyapunk.com and follow #HOBOFOPO

Thurs 10/11 - The Republic Bar 9-11pm
Fri 11/11 - Willie Smiths Apple Shed 7-9pm
Fri 11/11 - The Brisbane Hotel 9pm-late
Fri 11/11 - Big Dan's Franklin Tavern 9pm-midnight
Sat 12/11 - Frankies Empire Cafe - intimate lunchtime acoustic sets.
Sat 12/11 - Afternoon All Ages, The Brisbane Hotel 3-6pm
Sat 12/11 - The Homestead 9pm-midnight
Sat 12/11 - The Brisbane Hotel 9pm-late
Sun 13/11 - Arvo BBQ session, Fern Tree Arts Hall 1-8pm
Sun 13/11 - Folky wind-down at The Homestead 9-11pm

Beyond the Fields  are thrilled to introduce the second Official Music Video for their album "The Falcon Lives".

This time it's the title track itself. The video was once again directed by their good friend Metunar, and once again shot at the Lion.

Beyond the Fields - The Falcon Lives

Mad Man's Crew is a kick-ass band from Veszprém (Hungary) that plays loud folk-punk Rock&Roll. The songs from their demo are regularly played at Celtic Folk Punk radio. They have a video for "Way to Go" and lyrics videos for all of the songs from their demo. Besides, the link to their demo is on their Facebook page too.

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Video for "L'infern està pujant", footage from Sigelpa's Prost! 2016 Tour.




Mick O'Toole lyric video for "Still on Cider", the first single to be released from the new EP 'A Working Class Battalion'

Mick O'Toole - Still in Cider


Hakka Muggies "MDCCXLVI"
Release date: March 15, 2016
Running time: 45:06, 10 tracks

 

Hakka muggies - 

1 - Shetland; seasoned cod liver and oatmeal boiled in the stomach (muggie) of a fish.
2 - an innovative folk metal band from the Czech Republic established in 2002.

Hakka Muggies should be familiar to some of you. They have been blending folk music from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany with punk and metal influences and they were featured in our Czech sampler in 2012   . After their excellent album “Feed the Fairies”, Hakka Muggies released an EP, and “MDCCXLVI (1746)” is their brand new studio album. And I daresay it’s their most ambitious project to date, a concept album that takes place during the last Jacobite rebellion ("the Forty-five") which was defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

The first track is titled “Ro-ràdh”. It’s an intro featuring “Ye Jacobites by Name”. Hamish wants to join the Jacobite movement. Maggie, his love, doesn’t want him to go to war. Angus remains at home in order to court Maggie. Malcolm is an Englishman whose girlfriend has recently died, so he decides to join the British troops. Great balance between the flute and the metal guitars.

Hamish” is the next number. The first part is reminiscent of Wolfstone, maybe more metal infused, with kick-ass fiddle. The last part moves to the Celtas Cortos territory, because of the flute. Hamish wants to fight, and Maggie wants him to remain at home, but Angus pushes Hamish to join the Jacobite ranks. One of my favorite numbers on the CD.

On “Maggie”, Hamish and Maggie discuss about the situation and finally Maggie is sad because she was not able to keep Hamish by her side. The song features a badass guitar led rendition of “Star of Munster”.

Tracks no. 4 is called “Troll”, Hamish meets a troll and tells him that he won’t kill him if he tells him three reasons. The trolls tells Hamish that he’ll meet Maggie again only if he leaves him alone. Interesting fiddle intro on this bridge number.

Malcolm” is another standout song featuring fiddle and whistle, maybe more British folk rock than folk metal. Malcolm’s girlfriend has died and he decides to join the British Army. He meets the press-gang on the next song, “British Army”, a song based on “Join the British Army” featuring fiddle, whistle, accordion, kick-ass percussion and metal guitars.

The following song is called “Angus”. Angus wants Maggie to marry him, but she is waiting for Hamish. A folky beginning with fiddle and whistle and some jazzy arrangements before shifting to the metal end.

Bitva” means battle. The Jacobites are butchered and Hamish decides not to kill Malcolm. Then, the British soldiers bring him to jail. Punk goes metal.

Track no. 9 is titled “Vězení (Prison)”. Both Malcolm and Hamish are sad. They discuss and Malcolm tells Hamish to swap clothes and to meet his beloved Maggie. Fiddle, guitar and rhythm section fit perfectly well.

The album is over with “Bheir mí ó”, a number featuring a passage of “Johnnie Cope”. Fantastic whistle with a folky feel. Hamish comes back to his village and Angus and Maggie are leaving the church where they have got married. Moreover, Maggie is pregnant. No happy end as you can imagine.

MDCCXLVI” is housed in a gatefold sleeve with a 24 page booklet. The album was recorded between 2014 and 2016 at Stereo Mysterio studio by Jirka “Gappeq” Tomášek, mixed by Dan Šatra and mastered by Kakaxa, 3 bees. The album artwork (cover and drawings for every song) was made by Eva Stříbrská. The line-up that recorded the album: Markéta Janatová (Maggie, fiddle, low whistle), Martin Pobuda (Hamish, bodhrán, tambourine), Albrecht K. Smuten (Troll, Malcolm), Erik Onoda (Angus, guitar), Petr Jejkal (bass, Sergenat) Jiří Skála (drums, accordion, vocals) and Martin Vítězník (vocals).

Hats-off to Hakka Muggies for this brilliant project. An interesting album for folk-rock/folk-metal fans.

Tracklist:

01 - Ro-ràdh 2:26
02 - Hamish 3:57
03 - Maggie 4:15
04 - Troll 4:29
05 - Malcolm 3:20
06 - British Army 5:25
07 - Angus 5:30
08 - Bitva 6:24
09 - Vezení 3:48
10 - Bheir mí ó 5:15

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The Drunken Lazy Bastards are a band from the Paris region (France). They released an album in 2013 and this is their brand new video for "I Should've Been an Irish Guy"
 
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Max - vocals, guitar
Luigi - whistles, harmonica
Pamphile - accordion
Jérémy - drums
Nicolas - bass

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The Drunken Lazy Bastards - I should've been an Irish Guy

Another band that the lads from London Celtic Punks have unveiled at their facebook page. Sinful Maggie hail from Dorset. Briony Ireland was a member of the sadly defunct band The Devil Rejects. In fact, the last track of their "13" album was titled "Sinful Maggie".
 
A 3 track EP is available at Soundcloud. Hurry up before the download limit is reached.
 
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Charlie Darper - Guitar/Vocals
Russ Draper - Bass/Vocals
Briony Ireland - Accordion
Deano Donovan- Drums

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One of the best songs of the year and probably the best song for the summer: Bodh'aktan "Samedi soir au fais dodo".

Bodh'aktan - Samedi soir au fais dodo






This is the 25th Anniversary show that The Mahones played last March 23, 2016 at The Phoenix (Toronto, Canada). It's a soundboard boot taped by Rob Gale and featuring a lot of guests.

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High Sea Looters video for "The Beginning".


 

In the age of Google everything can be found. However, there is not enough info about High Sea Looters. Their debut album "The Beginning" is available for free/Name Your Price on Bandcamp and they have an official  video for "The Beginning", but they don't have Facebook/Twitter pages.

Apparently they hail from Chambéry (Savoie, France) and have played at least two gigs, one in Grenoble (France) and another one in Biel/Bienne (Switzerland).

Any further information about the band would be appreciated.

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The Logues "Comin' of Age" LGS009
Release date: May 29, 2016
Running time: 46:05, 14 tracks


The Logues released their debut album “Tough at the Bottom” in 2011. As they say on the liner notes, they’ve only managed to write two albums in 10 years. Anyway, before releasing “Comin’ of Age”, they released three singles in 2014-2015, “Bless the Land”, “Fly Free” and “I Don’t Love You at All”. Together with those three songs and another three that were recorded live at Townhouse Bar in Castleberg (“Home”, “All I Want is You”” and “I’m on Fire”), The Logues recorded the core of their sophomore album at EdenVella: 6 news songs and 2 versions of previously released songs.

I have enjoyed their lively numbers based on the banjo and tin whistle sounds: the opener “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”, the catchy “Bless the Land”, “I Don’t Love You at All” where Creeds Cross meet Dexy’s Midnight Runners, the Spirit of the West infused “
Yvonne John” (“a song based around the mispronunciation of a brand of Dutch rolling tobacco”), the country number “All I Want is You”, the re-recording of “No Place Like Home”, the Shane MacGowan and The Popes inspired song “Paisley Pattern” and the brilliant instrumental à la Led FarmersLagan’s Lament”.

As usual, “Comin’ of Age” comes in a four panel digipack with all the songs and studio credits, line-up, guests and liner notes.

If you loved the album that their neighbours O’Hanlons Horsebox released last year, The LoguesComin’ of Age” has plenty of songs that you’ll like.


Tracklist:

01. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder 1:49   
02. Bless the Land 3:38   
03. Better Man 3:44
04. I Don't Love You at All 2:15
05. Home 3:21
06. Yvonne John 3:31
07. Sirens Call 4:12
08. Fly Free 3:37   
09. Drinkin' with God 4:34
10. All I Want Is You 2:29
11. No Place Like Home 3:14
12. Paisley Pattern 2:32
13. Logan's Lament 3:29   
14. I'm on Fire 3:20

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