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Thursday, November 26, 2015


The McDrinkers "Bring The Barrels" is the featured at Celtic-Folk-Punk radio

Schedule as follows:

Friday 27 November 2015
From 9h00 to 11h00 CET and from 18h00 to 20h00 CET

Saturday 28 November 2105

From 9h00 to 11h00 CET and from 20h00 to 22h00 CET

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Blackstone Cúil "s/t", self-released
Release date: June 26, 2015
Running time: 28:29, 6 tracks

Four piece band Blackstone Cúil hail from Worcester, MA (USA). Their name comes from an area in Worcester where the Irish emigrant workers lived while working on a canal (further info here and here). Mike Ladd (lead vocals, guitars), Myra MacLeod (fiddle), Steve Harnois (bass, not on the album) and John Guertin (drums, bodhrán and percussion) have coined a term for their music, Irish Mod.

The mini-album kicks off with “Dark Inishowen”, a ballad written by David A. Campbell, which gets a rocking treatment with a perfect rhythm section, fiddle arrangements, some mandolin and backing vocals.

The next track is an original by Mike Ladd, “Blackstone Cúil”. The lyrics are not included on the 4 page booklet, but they can found on the band’s website (click on song lyrics). It’s a poignant song with a The Waterboys twist about the Irish emigrants’ lives in that Worcester corner called Blackstone Cúil.

Irish Ways and Irish Laws” is another highlight on the album. There is an instrumental part with a strong Planxty feel.

George Gershwin song “Summertime” is covered and it’s the jazzy-est moment on the album

The last two numbers are “Scrawl”, a fiddle-rock song written by Mike, and “Cliffs of Moher”, a brilliant Irish rock rendition of a Dermot Kelly ballad.

Blackstone Cúil” comes in a jewel case. The 4 page booklet includes band's pic, studio credits, songs credits, band’s line-up and guests, thank yous and contact info. Joe Miglionico played bass on the album and Brendan Keenan, from Celtic local band Fergus, Irish bouzouki, mandolin and low whistle.

Blackstone Cúil’s debut album is not the standard Celtic punk album that we normally review, but it’s an enjoyable album. Go to CDbaby and check out some clips of their songs.


1. Dark Inishowen 4:49 (Lyrics)
2. Blackstone Cúil 5:14
3. Irish Ways & Irish Laws 6:01
4. Summertime 4:09
5. Scrawl 4:03   
6. Cliffs of Moher 4:13 (Lyrics)


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Review by Kinksmarkham

Monday, November 23, 2015

REVIEW - THE DOGS FROM THE GRAPES "Sailor Without Sea" (2015)

The Dogs from the Grapes "Sailor Without Sea"
Release date: September 30, 2015
Running time: 20: 22, 8 tracks

The Dogs from The Grapes are a new Italian band from Brentonico that were our Band of the Month in October. The sextet have released an 8 track mini-album on which Italian Celtic punk and North American Celtic punk influences are merged.

The songs from the album can be divided into three groups. The first one would include fast-paced self-penned songs: the opening track “Brotherhood of DTG”, a well-balanced mix of mandolin, accordion and flute, “Red Ribbons”, a catchy song that can be filed together with The Dirty Artichokes early material and “Riot Bomb”, another amazing pub(folk) rock number.

Three tracks could be put on the second group: more mature efforts like “Sailor without a Sea”, “A Working Class Song”, interesting song with la-la-la chorus and “Together Again” with its banjo intro, infectiuos chorus and their Italian DNA.

Finally, the covers. The Dogs from the Grapes cover one ballad and one reel. “The Wild Rover” is played with gusto while “The Congress Reel” gets a different treatment. Instead of playing the tune at the right speed, The Dogs from The Grapes play a first round at a slower pace, then a second round at a mid-pace and finally, the reel is played at full speed.

Sailor Without a Sea” is the first step on The Dogs from The Grapes’ career. The band has the right punk attitude and their instruments mix, with banjo/mandolin and flute instead of tin whistle, places them together with other young and fresh bands from Hungary and Italy.


1. Brotherhood of D.F.T.G. 01:00   
2. Sailor Without Sea 03:03
3. The Wild Rover 02:21
4. A Working Class Song 03:05
5. Red Ribbons 02:15   
6. Riot Bomb 03:24   
7. Congress Reel 02:05   
8. Together Again 02:52


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Review by Kinksmarkham

Sunday, November 22, 2015

VIDEO - DOOZER McDOOZE "I Think Politicians Should Be Put On Minimum Wage"

Doozer McDooze official video for "I Think Politicians Should Be Put On Minimum Wage"

"Anyone who is doing a job, should be able to get a living wage. That's the point I was trying to make. I do like hearing everyones views. I know im having a pop at the politicians but they are the same people who are having a pop at everyone else. I'll show you all the song very soon. But its also about how quickly the minimum wage would rise if politicians were forced to be on minimum wage. As when I play this song live I always say that this is just my opinion, I'm not saying I'm correct. Its good to find out what everyone things. We should discuss this sort of thing rather than just bend over and take it."

Not Enough to Live on, Not Enough to Spend
On all of your Bills, And all of your Rent
And there's not that many council House's coz she sold alot
and no one can tell me what to done with the dosh

I think Politicians Should Be Put on Minimum Wage
Then we'll see how quickly that it is RAISED

The Cost of Living goes up every single day
Its getting harder and harder to pay your way
When you got bills coming out of your eye and ears and Nose
and everyone just tell me thats just the way it goes

I think Politicians Should Be Put on Minimum Wage
Then we'll see how quickly that it is RAISED

A baked potatoe and a tin of beans a day
thats enough to live on or so they say
but we're only ever 3 meals from total anarchy
and if that really happens then i just say let it be

I think Politicians Should Be Put on Minimum Wage
Then we'll see how quickly that it is RAISED


Doozer McDooze is a singer songwriter from Essex, south of England. He prides himself on his ability and passion to play everywhere and anywhere; from venues to car parks, squats, campfires, backs of vans, queues, the street, coffee shops, pubs and house parties... the list is endless.


He has toured all over Europe, in nine different Countries, and tons of Festivals such as Glastonbury, Bearded Theory Beautiful days and Lattitude.. Last year hit a personal record of 34 festivals. Which is how the single "I Don't Wanna Go Home" came to fruition.

This single nearly got into the actual charts, but it was then knocked off the number one spot of the 'Movers & Shakers' chart on Amazon by The Rolling Stones.
However, earlier this year Doozer McDooze managed to reach number 1 in the Amazon Folk charts with his most recent single release called “I Think Politicians Should Be Put On Minimum Wage

In a download world of media solitude, Doozer likes to give music back to the people.

Doozer writes honest, infectious lyrics, with an earworm value.

He was also an Roadie/Tour Manager/Merch Bloke/Driver for Band, Grave Digger, Father Christmas, a Toilet Cleaner and former UK Air Guitar Champion.

"The sound of a scrap between The Levellers & The Pogues being broken up by Billy Bragg" - Tom Robinson BBC 6Music

DOWNLOAD (Name Your Price):

"Let´s Give Up Everything and Go Live in a Van" (14 tracks, 2014)
"Live at Vigilstock 2015" (8 tracks, 2015)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

VIDEOS - THE GREAT SHAME "Boundary Street" and "Police State"

Aussie band The Great Shame videos for "Boundary Street" (Yes, the tune is "Drowsy Maggie") and "Police State".

The Great Shame - Police State

REVIEW - FILTHY NELLY "Tranquilize This!" (2015)

Filthy Nelly "Tranquilize This!"
Release date: September 17th, 2015
Running time: 44:27, 11 tracks

Filthy Nelly are a six piece from The Netherlands: Katastrof (lead vocals), Trackie (bass), Ngk Sélavy (drums, percussion), Crazy Dwarf (guitar, vocals), Don Dirtbag (accordion vocals) and Miss Crisis (violin, vocals). The band was established in 2005 as a folk punk band and their first recording was a 6 track EP released in 2006 and titled “Fast Feet Galore”. However, their sound evolved, adding some drops of Balkan, gypsy and reggae music to the songs from their debut album "Festival!" (2010) and they labeled their style as Eurospeedfolk .

Tranquilize This!” is their second album and sometimes they remind me of The Tower of Dudes. My fave tracks are “Party of One”, an upbeat fiddle fronted song, “(Don’t Be a) Negative Nancy”, and Irish polka song with a Mr. Irish Bastard twist, and “If I Had Known”, a British folk-rock showcasing fiddle and accordion.

Other interesting tracks are “Bottle of Vodka”, an amazing folk-rock number with a The Barely Works spirit, “Brussels Midi” and “Quite Right”, with a Madness sounding arrangement. Fans loving reggae will enjoy “New Day” and fans loving French accordion songs will appreciate “The Painter”.

Tranquilize This!” is packed in a digipack. Liner notes include the band’s line-up, studio credits, thank yous and artwork credits, together with booking contacts. The album can be bought from Bandcamp, so go ahead, stream the songs and, if you like it, buy the album.


01 - Quite Right 3:22
02 - Brussels-Midi 4:26
03 - Down On Mainstreet 4:15
04 - Party of One 3:49
05 - Bottle of Vodka 3:02
06 - The Painter 3:08
07 - New Day 4:08
08 - (Don't Be a) Negative Nancy 4:30
09 - The Hunting Season 3:55
10 - If I Had Known 3:15
11 - Tranquilize This! 6:10
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Review by Kinksmarkham

Thursday, November 19, 2015

VIDEO - THE GAELLEON "La buteglia del Fracass"

The Gaelleon is a new band from Italy. This video is an advance from their upcoming album.



Max - Acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Sonya - Background vocals
Chris - Bass
Dilo - electric guitar, mandolin
Mathia - Accordion
Mirko - Drums

The Gaelleon - La buteglia del fracass



The CopOuts (Our Band of November), Coming Up Threes "The EP", The Barataria Project "s/t" and Vagrant Nation (advance from their upcoming album) will be featured at Celtic-Folk-Punk radio

Coming Up Threes

The CopOuts

The Barataria Project

Vagrant Nation

Schedule as follows:

Friday 20 November 2015

From 9h00 to 11h00 CEST and from 18h00 to 20h00 CET

Saturday 21 November 2105

From 9h00 to 11h00 CEST and from 20h00 to 22h00 CET

Tune in!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


After the release of their new album, and midway through their UK album release tour, Smokey Bastard have shared the new, animated video stream for 'Baba Yaga'. 

The single tells a tale from Russian/Slavic folklore of Baba Yaga alongside Polka inspired musicianship.

In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed and/or ferocious-looking woman. Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs (or sometimes a single chicken leg). Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out. She sometimes plays a maternal role, and also has associations with forest wildlife...


Monday, November 16, 2015

REVIEW - SMOKEY BASTARD "Back to the Drawing Room" (2015)

Smokey Bastard "Back to the Drawing Room" Bomber Music UXB027
Release date: November 13th, 2015
Running time: 40:36, 10 tracks

Smokey Bastard and Roughneck Riot have some similarities. Firstly, both bands’ instrumentation is the same: bass, drums, electric guitar, accordion, banjo and mandolin.  Secondly, both of them released straightforward Celtic-punk debut albums around 2009-2010 and both of them shifted away to new folk-punk territories on their second and third albums. Obviously, their sound and influences are different. But both bands followed a smarter and more interesting approach.

Back to the Drawing Room” is Smokey Bastard’s third album. Four years have gone by from “Tales from the Wasteland”, their brilliant second album. And I must say that the wait has been too long.

Taking into account that The Dreadnoughts are “on hiatus”, the fans missing Vancouver’s finest band will appreciate several Smokey Bastard’s songs were The Dreadnoughts influence can be noticed. For instance, the first kick-ass tracks, “Archipelago” and “Rats”. This is not really new, since that “Polka/gypsy” flavour was also present on some tracks from their previous album.

The next number is titled “Baba Yaga”. The accordion first notes have a Russian feel, but soon the song gets an upbeat twist à la Manu Chao. Another album highlight.

The following two tracks “Faster than Light” and “Screens” share lively moments with toned down passages, electric guitar and the remarkable band’s backing vocals.

The second half of the album kicks off with Smokey Bastard’s a cappella rendition of “South Australia”. “Rotter”, the next number, gets closer to Sir Reg music, as Brit-Pop arrangements can be heard.

Track no. 8 “Alcobatical” is a personal fave, a The Dreadnoughts go pop-punk hit. And the level is really high till the end of the album: “Jester”, with its brass instruments, and “Can of Worms”, where the band’s new “progressive” approach shines.

Back to the Drawing Room” is available on vinyl and digipack CD. Sleeve notes including the lyrics to the songs, line-up, guests, studio credits and amazing drawings.

Smokey Bastard keep on moving forward. Maybe some tracks are a little bit long, but the six-piece band from Reading have developed their own sound. They enjoy what they play and their fans become infected by their enthusiasm.


01 - Archipelago 5:18
02 - Rats 3:49
03 - Baba Yaga 5:10
04 - Faster Than Light 4:32
05 - Screens 3:56
06 - South Australia 1:26
07 - Rotter 4:19
08 - Alcobatical 3:29
09 - Jester 4:06
10 - Can Of Worms 5:38


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Bomber Music Store

Review by Kinksmarkham


VIDEO - McONAK "Bizirik"

McOnak video for "Bizirik" off their forthcoming album "Galarrena"

McOnak - Bizirik

Sunday, November 15, 2015


The Rumjacks ‘Home Rule’ East Coast Tour just weeks away!

Sydney show confirmed, The Loft Warrnambool date added

Sydney folk-punk band The Rumjacks are delighted to announce that their final shows of the year will be on home soil, as they treat fans to the ‘Home Rule’ East Coast tour across November/December.

Fresh from a hugely successful debut overseas tour where they played to more than 50,000 fans in the Northern Hemisphere over three months, and a stellar return performance at Bigsound Live, the band has never been more gig ready! They have earned a fearsome reputation for the strength and passion of their live shows, tearing up the stage and inspiring audiences with their raw energy.

Home Rule’ will give The Rumjacks an opportunity to further showcase tracks from their acclaimed current album ‘Sober & Godless’, as they gear up for a massive 2016 with new recording, many more Australian shows to be announced, a return to the UK & Europe, and further overseas touring.

In addition to a fervid local fanbase, The Rumjacks have amassed a significant international presence; alongside their touring success, they’re now ranked as #4 band on Spotify outside of Australia, and the music video for their track ‘An Irish Pub Song’ has hit 12.4 million views on YouTube.

The Rumjacks ‘Home Rule’ East Coast Tour

Presented by The Music, Black Matilda, The Harbour Agency & Troubadour Music


Thursday 19 Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood
Friday 20 Barwon Club, Geelong
Saturday 21 The Loft, Warrnambool


Friday 4 The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Sunday 6 The Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane
Friday 11 Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney

Tickets on sale from

The Rumjacks - Home


Official video for "Custi Strai", off Kitchen Implosion's second album "Selfish".


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