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Monday, August 3, 2015

THE FATTY FARMERS - ADVANCE FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM

This is the first advance from the new Fatty Farmers album, "Escape from the Dirty Pigs"

The Fatty Farmers - Grandma's Drug Lab


VIDEO - MICK O'TOOLE "Casanova No More"

The Second single to be released from the EP '1665 Pitchfork Rebellion'

1665 Pitchfork Rebellion was recorded, mixed and mastered by George Lever at G1 Production.
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Mick O'Toole formed in 2012 In the deepest darkest Shire, Wiltshire in a town called Calne. This town would be the breeding ground to where they honed their style of chaotic English Punk with their ancestral Celtic and English Folk to create their style of British Folk Punk. Mick O’Toole was a character in a song from local legends The Boys Of County Hell a band who they get most of their inspiration from. However they are also inspired by the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello and The Pogues not to mention many other great punk bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Adverts and Rancid. This is how they get their sound by combining the great punk ethos with traditional Folk. They now have two EP’s ‘Deep In Cider’ and ‘1665 Pitchfork Rebellion’ and while performing over hundreds of gigs they realised that they only have one goal to keep making music that hopefully brings people together for a good ole knees up and a grand old sing along. No egos, no divas just working class men having a good time.


 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

BAND OF THE MONTH - THE MUDDY STATES

As we have stated on their EP review, The Muddy States are our Band of August 2015. Their songs will be at the right side of the page, at the top, till the end of the month. Enjoy!

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Line-up:

Johnny - Guitar
Little Mary - Fiddle
Dirty Davey - Bass
Simon - Drums
 
Discography:

"Urban Legends" (5 track EP, 2015)

 






REVIEW - THE MUDDY STATES "Urban Legends" (2015)

The Muddy States "Urban Legends" Self-released
Release date: March 2015
Running time: 18:02, 5 tracks


The Lucky Trolls (thank you guys) passed our details to The Muddy States and they contacted us. They sent their "Urban Legends" EP and we have really enjoyed it. So, we have decided that The Muddy States, from the Liège province in Belgium, are our Band of August 2015.

The Muddy States were born in November 2013 from the ashes of a band playing Irish sessions. Johnny (guitar), Mary (fiddle) and Davey (bass) were the original members but it was not until May 2014 when Simon (drums) joined that they were really a full band.

In March 2015 they released their first EP "Urban Legends" five self-penned songs showcasing their love for country, Celtic, americana, blues and soul music.

The EP kicks off with "When I Was in Jail", an amazing number in The Wages of Sin vein.

The next number is called "Dead Corpse Lying". It goes slowly, but from time to time they speed up the tempo.

Track number three is a r'n'r number titled "Cocaine" where the rhythm section shines.

"Muddy State" is a briliant pop number with some Celtic influences. It has a pizzicato intro and vocals are shared by boy and girl. When one thinks that the song is over at 1:54, the music comes again. 

Finally, "A Drinking Song" is pub music at its best, a Dexy's Midnight Runners sounding number.

"Urban legends" has been produced by Georges Noisy Pride. The EP comes in a gatefold sleeve. The pictures have been taken from Lou & Tofke and the design has been made by Lolo.

Fans loving pub music and the likes of Johnny Cash and Steve Earle, grab a copy of this fantastic EP.


Tracklist:

1 - When I Was in Jail 2:34
2 - Dead Corpse Lying 4:52
3 - Cocaine 3:01
4 - Muddy State 4:14
5 - A Drinking  Song 3:20

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Review by Kinksmarkham

VIDEO - X-FANEKAES "Morralla"

X-Fanekaes video for "Morralla". Live footage from the Iboga Summer Festival 2015.



 



Saturday, August 1, 2015

SAMPLER 2015 - Vol. III




A second sampler full of covers (mainly Flogging Molly, but also The Mahones and The Rumjacks).
The songs from the previous sampler were available at Bandcamp and most of the tracks from this one are available at Soundcloud. Hurry up, once a certain amount of downloads is reached they won't be available for free download anymore.
1 - The Coloured Sky (Hayward, Wisconsin, USA)

https://www.facebook.com/thecolouredsky
https://soundcloud.com/thecolouredsky

Line-up:

Ethan Zimmerman

2 -Kenny's Swiss Side (Lausanne, Switzerland)

http://www.kennyswisside.ch
https://soundcloud.com/kennys-swiss-side
https://www.facebook.com/KennysSwissSide

Line-up:

Tom - Vocals
Matthieu - Accordion, flutes, pipes
Thierry - Guitar
Phil - Bass
PF - Drums

3 - Salty Smugglers (Isernia, Italy)

https://soundcloud.com/pietro-clark-ranieri
http://www.musiqua.it/band/Salty-Smugglers-812
https://it-it.facebook.com/SaltySmugglers

Line-up:

"Capitan" Pietro "Clark" Ranieri - Vocals
"Vedetta" Filippo Ranieri - Flute, Whistles
"Timoniere" Riccardo De Vincenzi - Fiddle
"Nostromo" Fabio Panaccione - Guitar
"Quartiermastro" Simone Calabrese - Bass

4 - Rocky Roads (Aix en Provence, France)

https://soundcloud.com/rocky-roads
https://www.facebook.com/RockyRoads13

Line-up:

Seb
Nico
Eddy
Johann

5 - Yew Tree Band (Brasilia, Brazil)

https://soundcloud.com/yewtreeband
https://www.facebook.com/YewTreeBand

Line-up:

Chico - Guitar, diddle, banjo & vocals
Mushi - Accordion, melodica, guitar & vocals
Rômulo - Flute, tin whistle, low whistle, recorder & vocals
Videl - Mandolin, banjo, whistles, recorder
Lucas - Drums, percussion

Alisson Vas - Bass

Label: Bule Records


6 - Symbol of Resistance (Maerne, Italy)

https://soundcloud.com/symbol-of-resistance
http://symbolofresistance.bandcamp.com

Line-up:

Marco Nisato - Vocals, guitar, bass, drums (2011-2013)
Geremia "Tony" Zane - Vocals, guitar, percussions, mandolin, banjo (2011-2013)

7 - Mikey Chuck Rivers (Clinton, Ontario, Canada)

https://www.facebook.com/MikeyChuckRivers
https://twitter.com/beerscanada
https://mikeychuckrivers.bandcamp.com

Line-up:

Mikey Chuck Rivers - Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, percussion

8 - The Tennants (Okemos, Missouri, USA)

https://soundcloud.com/thetenants
https://www.facebook.com/thetenants
https://twitter.com/thetenants

Line-up:

Alex Novak - Acoustic and electric guitars
Steve Elgas - Acoustic guitar and vocals

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https://soundcloud.com/thecolouredsky/back-home-the-mahones-cover
http://mx3.ch/kennysswissside
https://soundcloud.com/pietro-clark-ranieri/selfish-man
https://soundcloud.com/pietro-clark-ranieri/whats-left-of-the-flag
https://soundcloud.com/pietro-clark-ranieri/streams-of-whiskey
https://soundcloud.com/rocky-roads/drunken-lullabies
https://soundcloud.com/yewtreeband/yew-tree-float-flogging-molly-cover
https://soundcloud.com/symbol-of-resistance/death-valley-queen-cover
https://soundcloud.com/symbol-of-resistance/the-wrong-company-cover
https://soundcloud.com/symbol-of-resistance/revolution-cover
https://soundcloud.com/symbol-of-resistance/devils-dance-floor-cover
http://www.mediafire.com/download/4nlzsres52t52to/Mikey+Chuck+Rivers+-+If+I+Ever+Leave+This+World+Alive+%28Flogging+Molly%29.mp3
https://soundcloud.com/thetenants/drunken-lullabies-studio-version
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FEATURED CDs ON CELTIC-FOLK-PUNK RADIO (31 July-1 August)


The Clanns "s/t" and Flannery "Happy Days" are  the featured CDs on Celtic-Folk-Punk Radio.

Friday 31 July 2015

6h00, 10h00, 14h00, 18h00 and 22h00 (CEST, Paris-Berlin-Rome time)

Saturday 1 August 2015

2h00, 6h00, 10h00, 14h00, 18h00 and 22h00 (CEST, Paris-Berlin-Rome time)
 

Sunday 2 August 2015

2h00 (CEST, Paris-Berlin-Rome time)

There are two different playlists, and therefore every 4 hours the songs won't be the same. Besides, the order will be different every day. That is, if you can only listen to the radio on Friday,  for instance, at 22h00, you can listen again on Saturday at 22h00, since the songs won't be the same.

Tune in and enjoy!

http://celtic-folk-punk.playtheradio.com

http://www.radionomy.com/en/radio/celtic-folk-punk/index

http://tunein.com/radio/Celtic-Folk-Punk-Radio-s196762/





Live album that will be played on Saturday 1 July 2015 at 20h00 CEST:

The Killdares "Live" (2002)

Essential album that will be played on Saturday 1 July 2015 at 23h10 CEST (after the featured CDs playlist):

Glenn of Guinness "Gossip" (1997)




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

REVIEW - VINTAGE WINE "Thrashfolk" (2015)

Vintage Wine "Thrashfolk" Alfedus Music
Release date: June 23,2015
Running time: 35:14, 11 +1 tracks


The songwriting team Petr Polák-Radim Lapčik backed by their bandmates Jakub "Jayne" Boháč (guitar) , Martin Marek Menšík (drums) and Pavel "Pšenda" Pšeničk (bass) have just released their long-awaited follow-up to their "Selection of Grapes" EP from 2013. Even if accordionist  Honza "Peky" Pekárek is no longer with Vintage Wine, the band is as tight as ever. In fact Vintage Wine keep on developing their own brand of folk-rock blending influences from the celtic lands, the Scandinavian countries and Czech bands like Čechomor.

"Thrashfolk" consists of 8 original numbers, one ballad, one traditional song with self-penned lyrics and the cover of a song from the science fiction television series Firefly. The track that opens the album is titled "Whisky Trail": amazing mandolin and fantastic fiddling and percussion. The following number is called "Such is Life". Radim has written some lyrics to the music of "Auld Lang Syne", a tale about a musician who thought that he was the best and he ruined his life. 

After those kick-ass songs, Vintage Wine deliver a straight fiddle folk-rock number: "I Never Walk Around" and a different cover of "Star of the Co. Down" with rap vocals and excellent fiddle arrangements at the end. Then, they come back to the original numbers: "Radio Edith". The tale occurs in the XXI century, but the story is rooted in the folk tradition.

"Rocky Goes to Dublin" is a proof of Vintage Wine musicianship. A badass instrumental featuring Survivor "Eye of The Tiger". Not only are Vintage Wine brilliant musicians, but they also pick up the right covers. "Hero of Canton" comes from a TV series, but both music and lyrics have the folk touch. 

"Woodcutter" is one of my faves. Perfect vocals, and great mandolin and fiddle performances. Let alone the lyrics, with the usual Vintage Wine stamp. Poor old woodcutter, he lost his virility."After Life" is fiddle folk-punk at its best, a sort of a cross between Tricks Upon Travellers and Romanian gypsy bands. "Tree" is another fiddle-led upbeat song with sing-along chorus and the "last" song "Hangman" an epic mid-tempo number. The bonus track is  a Czech version of track no. 3.


"Thrashfolk" packaging is a digipack with a superb artwork. The 8 track booklet includes all the lyrics to the songs, pics of every band member, line-up, recording credits and band links. The album has been recorded at ExAvik studios by Pavel Brom and mastered at Studio Pyha by Přemek Haas. Therefore, Vintage Wine have worked again with the same people that recorded and mastered their previous recordings, and Jindra Polák has been once again in charge of the graphic design.

Vintage Wine found their own way a long time ago. Even if they are not as well-known as other European acts, I feel that these guys CDs are very interesting. Come on, grab a pint and buy "Thrashfolk"!

Tracklist:

01 - Whisky Trail (3:15)
02 - Such is Life (4:05)
03 - I Never Walk Around By (2:43)
04 - Star of the County Down (2:14)
05 - Radio Edith (2:48)
06 - Rocky Goes to Dublin (2:56)
07 - Hero of Canton (2:34)
08 - Woodcutter (1:54)
09 - Afterlife (2:41)
10 - Tree (3:43)
11 - Hangman (3:08)
12 - U Dunaje mezi poli (Bonus track, 2:43)

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Review by Kinksmarkham



Sunday, July 26, 2015

VIDEO - THE POKES "God Save The Pokes"

The Pokes have a new video that would have been shot in the Caribbean: "God Save The Pokes".



 



FREE DOWNLOAD: BOGGIN LEPRECHAUN "Crosses" (2015)

Boggin Leprechaun have just released their new EP "Crosses". The EP is available on Bandcamp (Name Your Price)

Boggin Leprechaun are:

Rusty Spoon
Moe D. McInch
Murphy "Def" DeValera
Roach O'Riley
Seamus McRumble
Paddy Bukowski

All songs written, arranged and performed by Boggin Leprechaun
Recorded, engineered &mixed by Jan Kerscher @ Ghostcity Recordings, Oberbreitenlohe in May, 2015
Mastered by Alex Adelhardt @ Ghostcity Recordings, Oberbreitenlohe

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

FEATURED CDs AT CELTIC-FOLK-PUNK RADIO (24-25 JULY 2015)

Bodh'aktan "Mixtape (covers)" and The Muddy States "Urban Legends EP" are  the featured CDs on Celtic-Folk-Punk Radio. A new song from the upcoming CD by Michael and The Wolfhounds will be played too.

Weekend schedule as follows:

Friday 23 July 2015

6h00, 10h00, 14h00, 18h00 and 22h00 (CEST, Paris-Berlin-Rome time)

Saturday 24 July 2015

2h00, 6h00, 10h00, 14h00, 18h00 and 22h00 (CEST, Paris-Berlin-Rome time)

Sunday 25 July 2015

2h00 (CEST, Paris-Berlin-Rome time)

There are two different playlists, and therefore every 4 hours the songs won't be the same. Besides, the order will be different every day. That is, if you can only listen to the radio on Friday,  for instance, at 22h00, you can listen again on Saturday at 22h00, since the songs won't be the same.

Tune in and enjoy!

http://celtic-folk-punk.playtheradio.com

http://www.radionomy.com/en/radio/celtic-folk-punk/index

The live album that willbe played on Saturday night at 20h00 is In Search of a Rose "Reels and Roses" (2012)
 
The essential album that will be played on Saturday night at 22h45  is Coinneach "Life in a Scottish Greenhouse" (1997)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

REVIEW - FOXES FAUX "Fox Tales" (2015)

Foxes Faux "Fox Tales"  Drawing Board Records / Bomber Music
Release date: February 6, 2015
Running time: 49:09, 13 tracks


Foxes Faux define themselves as a "folk rock band with a punk heart" the band was established in 2009 and began to busk and play PA-less gigs. After having released their self-titled EP in 2012, they added a rock rythm section. The current line-up is Ben Snowden (bass), Kurt Wood (vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo and percussion), Luke Parker (vocals, drums, saw, Stihl saw and bell), Luke Yates (vocals, violin, mandolin and acoustic guitar), Tim Rickaby (bouzouki, glockenspiel and melodica) and Will Quinn (vocals, 12 string guitar and banjo).

"Fox Tales" is their debut album and it has been released by the band's own label Drawing Board Records and published by Bomber Music (Smokey Bastard, Roughneck Riot ...). Four songs from their 2012 EP have been recorded again: "Isabella", "Mountains", "Do I Waste My Time" and "Rioters Queue Here". Among the thirteen tracks, different styles can be noticed: British folk-rock, Brit-pop, American folk, gypsy ... Sometimes the sound is a little bit polished, but I guess that this is what the lyrics need and clear vocals are always appreciated.

The first song is "Cops and Robbers", an infectious song with a gypsy part at the end. Track 2 is titled "Fidel Rocero" and it's a folk-pop number with amazing Brit-pop arrangements. The next song is "Isabella", a catchy upbeat song with great harmonies.

"Alien" is a fiddle driven cross between the Levellers and Roving Crows. "Do I Waste My Time?" is one of the standout songs on the album. And "Rioters Queue Here" showcases more gypsy fiddle stuff.

Foxes Faux shift to the polka end on "Jinxed". "Mountains" is an American folk infused number in the Barely Works vein. "Liars" is probably the angriest song on "Fox Tales" and "Banjoutro" is the perfect instrumental number to close the album.

"Fox Tales" is packed in a gateful album sleeve. The 6 page booklet includes the lyrics to all of the songs, line-up, guests and credits. The CD is a real labour of love. It has been produced by Kurt Wood and Luke Yates and recorded at Small World Studios and "in the attic". Kurt has also mixed and mastered the album. Ben Snowden has made the cover and disc paintings and Tim Rickaby has made the inner illustrations and the packaging design.

Even if Foxes Faux "Fox Tales"  is not a raucous album, it has plenty of interesting songs to enjoy. Watch the band's videos, listen to the full album on Bancamp and then buy a copy.

Tracklist:

01. Cops and Robbers 02:40   
02. Fidel Rocero 03:41   
03. Isabella 03:01
04. Alien 02:54   
05. Do I Waste My Time? 03:48
06. Rioters Queue Here 03:41
07. Jinxed 02:36
08. One By Two By Three 05:08
09. Mountains 03:06   
10. Tether 03:40
11. Fisticuffs With Magic Ben 03:52
12. Liars 04:12
13. Banjoutro 01:20


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Review by Kinksmarkham

Monday, July 20, 2015

REVIEW - POLKAHOLICS "Slijterij" (2015)

Folkaholics "Slijterij" Self-released
Release date: February 21, 2015
Running time: 46:28, 11 tracks


Folkaholics is a 7 piece band from The Netherlands. They are Pim van Bussel (lead vocals), Simon Berg (guitar, backing vocals), Twan Dekkers (bass, sax), Joris Barnier (marching drum, cajon, backing vocals), Mark Dirne (banjo, accordion, mandolin, 12 string guitar) Rick Fokkinga (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, banjolele) and Ben Groonen (accordion, fiddle, guitar). Folkaholics released a 7 track live demo CD in 2004, "Live at Jerry's" and a 10 tracks CD in 2006, "Folk You!". Their debut album can be downloaded for free from their website.

"Slijterij" is a studio album, but the atmosphere is that of a live show. It can be described as a cross between Craicheads and Keily's Folk with some "pirate" drops added to the mix: there are some Irish and American standards and some new "classics" (that is, Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys stuff).

"Slijterij" is also the title of the first song on the album. The song is sung in their mother tongue and is a sort of "business card". There are bits of "Galway Girl" and traditional tunes like "The Maid Behind the Bar", "St Anne's" and "McLeod's" reels. Songs such as "Rare Old Mountain Dew", "Whiskey in the Jar" and "Drunken Lullabies" are mentioned in the lyrics.

"The Night that Paddy Murphy Died" gets the Folkaholics treatment with interesting fiddle, accordion and banjo arrangements. "Pirates" is the first pirate song on the album. A passage of Flogging Molly "Devil's Dance Floor" can be heard along the song and "Drunken Sailor" is featured too. Then Folkaholics cover Dutch folk band Pater Moeskroen:"De Ark (Ahoy)" is another lively sing-along seafaring number.

The next song is the great Flogging Molly classic song "Drunken Lullabies", which is played respectfully. It's followed by "Galway Girl". The Steve Earle song has become a standard and Folkaholics deliver an awesome version featuring sax. "Cotton Eye Joe" is another highlight with brilliant banjo arrangements.

"In Your Arms" is a bridge between the covers featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, accordion and fiddle.

"Shipping Up to Carlow" obviously merges the  "Shipping Up to Boston" with Planxty's traditional song "Follow Me Up to Carlow". The song kicks off with the Dropkick's lines (banjo, fiddle and accordion) and then the band shifts to the "Carlow" song. Fiddle and sax arrangements are amazing and the rythm section shines too.

The album is coming to its end with "Wake Me Up!". Folkaholics cover Avicii's song and they do it quite well with acoustic guitar, sax, accordion and great backing vocals. By the way, another Celtic punk/rock band, Selfish Murphy from Romania,  covered another Avicii's song: "Hey Brother".

The last song on "Slijterij" is a poignant mandoliin led version of one of my favourite ballads: "The Town That I Loved So Well".

"Slijterij" comes in a 4 track digipack. There are no lyrics to the songs, but there's all sort of information such as the band's line-up, the studio credits, thank yous and all the links to contact the band.

Folkaholics are a suitable band for both pubs and festivals and "Slijterij" is a fantastic album for you Summer parties (and St. Patrick's Day, of course). Grab a Dutch beer (Trappist if possible) and enjoy!

Tracklist:

01 - Slijterij 4:39
02 - The Night that Paddy Murphy Died 4:15
03 - Pirates 4:10
04 - De ark (Ahoy!)2:49
05 - Drunken Lullabies 3:47
06 - Galway Girl 2:44
07 - Cotton Eye Joe 4:19
08 - In your Arms 3:39
09 - Shipping me up to Carlow 5:03
10 - Wake me up! 4:18
11 - The Town I Loved so Well 6:44

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Review by Kinksmarkham


Friday, July 17, 2015

VIDEO - FOXES FAUX "Cops and Robbers"


Foxes Faux video for "Cops and Robbers", off their debut album "Fox Tales".

Foxes Faux - Cops and Robbers





ROIO - THE MAHONES Live at the Shamrock-n-Roll Festival, Providence, RI (2011)


This show was taped in Providence in 2011 when The Mahones were playing with Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs and Stiff Little Fingers.

It's a short show that was shared yesterday by Finny on The Mahones Facebook group.

The tracklist is incomplete on Archive org and I've tried to fill the gaps. Track no. 4 is apparently a tin whistle intro to the following number, that sounds like an instrumental version of "Star of the County Down"

Enjoy!

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