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Thursday, July 31, 2014

VA "[Nuevos] Cantares de Chigre" Algamar Producciones (2014)

VA "[Nuevos] Cantares de Chigre" Algamar Producciones CDALG032
Release date: March 29, 2014
Running time: 54:50, 15 tracks

[Nuevos]  Cantares de Chigre” is a compilation of “pub songs” from Asturias,  a Celtic region in the North West of Spain, between Galicia and Cantabria. The word chigre refers to a traditional bar in which the main drink is cider. The guys of the label Algamar Producciones thought that it would be a fantastic idea to give a new lease of life to the songs that the Asturian people used to sing at the chigres. Then, they contacted 15 bands playing different genres and  “
[Nuevos]  Cantares de Chigre” was born. Nuevos (new) is put into brackets because the songs are old, but the arrangements are new.

For those who love rock’n’roll, the songs to pick up would be Crudo’s hard-rock rendition of “Baxaben cuatro ayeranos”, the Rolling Stones infused cover of “Chufa Xixon a súa playa” by Bacotexo and the punk-rock version of Laviana ‘s unofficial anthem “Chalaneru” by Fe de Ratas.

But if you like fun and fusion beats for dancing, jumping and enjoying a full bottle of cider, then you should try La TarranchaDe Tazones a Candás”, brilliant ska number in the Mano Negra vein featuring accordion and brass section,  Skama La Rede cover of “Rebolleres. Soi de Verdiciu”, another band playing ska-punk with bagpipes and trumpet, and the party folk rock number recorded by Spanta la Xente (whistle, pipes and fiddle together with electric instruments), the well-known “Dicen que van a poner (ferrocarril en Mieres)”.

Alfredo Gonzalez  has recorded a cover of  “Nel campu nacen flores”, a song that can also be found on Dixebra’s last CD. Alfredo’s song has a British folk-rock twist that could be linked to Alan Prosser (Oysterband’s guitarist). The miner’s unofficial anthem “Santa Barbara Bendita” (aka “Nel pozu María Luisa”) has been recorded by Bueno. Even if it’s not a rocking number, the rendition is very good. Tania Pereira sings an intimate rendition of “Carretera de Avilés” perfectly backed by guitarist Luke Bowman, who gives a Christy Moore atmosphere to the song.

And what about straight Celtic-punk numbers? OK, I admit that I should have written about this one at the beginning of the review. But surprises are always kept till the very last minute. The new Asturian Celtic punk band Cilvrnigans deliver a mandolin led fast-paced version of “La romería de San Andrés

Hats-off  to Pablo Quiroga (Algamar Producciones) and to all the bands for this brilliant project.


01 - Baxaben Cuatro Ayeranos - Crudo 4:21
02 - Nel Campu Nacen Flores - Alfredo González 2:00
03 - La Barca Marinera - Seu' 3:45
04 - Chufa Xixón a Súa Playa - Bacotexo 3:49
05 - Inés, Inés - Pablo Moro 3:55
06 - Gasta la Molinera - Duerna 2:51
07 - La Romería de San Andrés - Cilvrnigans 2:21
08 - Pastor Que Tas Nel Monte - Psycho Rubia 4:09
09 - Carretera D' Avilés - Tania Pereira 4:29
10 - Dicen Que Van a Poner - Spanta la Xente 3:32
11 - Chalaneru - Fe de Ratas 3:26
12 - Ayer Vite Na Fonte - La M de Matilde 4:18
13 - De Tazones a Candás - La Tarrancha 3:26
14 - Rebolleres. Soi de Verdiciu - Skama la Rede 3:37
15 - Santa Bárbara Bendita - Bueno 4:18   

Crudo Website
Crudo Facebook
Bacotexo Facebook
Cilvrnigans Facebook
Spanta la Xente Website
Spanta la Xente Facebook
Spanta la Xente Twitter

Pablo Quiroga interviewed at TPA (Television del Principado de Asturias)". A couple of song clips can be heard.

FREE DOWNLOAD - LOJAH "Pub songs on Palafox"

Lojah is a Native American-Irish folksinger from Pensacola, Florida. He describes his eclectic sound as Creolized Roots Music, influenced by Caribbean rhythms, Celtic melodies, and Southern American blues. His music is immersed in social realism, and arcane insight woven together with tongue-in-cheek witticism and a festive vibe. He is currently performing acoustic sets along the Gulf Coast.  


"Pub Songs on Palafox" is a four song, lo-fi, EP recorded in the raw as a live-air production that captures the energy and sound of a Lojah solo performance as executed while busking downtown in competition with the various sounds of a bustling city street.

Lojah begins with a rowdy Irish pub tune, "Dicey Reilly", about a lush of a woman who spends her life crawling from pub to pub; a sailor’s favorite. "The Black Velvet Band" is another classic Irish ballad about infatuation, deceit and injustice which takes us out of the pub and away from the Emerald Isle to a penal colony in Australia. Following up is "Looks Like Jesus", a rockabilly-blues styled piece and a Lojah original that tells the story illustrating the conflict between despair and ambition, shroud with esoteric imagery, set in the Southern atmosphere he calls home. "Miss Constance" concludes the record, a naughty Caribbean-styled tune about the perils of younger women.
Released 21 June 2013

Jay Moody (Lojah) - guitar, vocals
Recorded at Jinks Music Universe, Pensacola, FL

DOWNLOAD: (Name Your Price)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

VIDEO - LUGH "O que eu preciso"

Lugh have just released a video for the song "O que eu preciso"

Lugh - O que eu preciso

ROIO - BLAGGARDS Live at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar June 27th, 2014

A new bootleg available with kind permission of the band (they have uploaded their boots to

Blaggards is a Celtic rock band from Houston, TX, that was founded 10 years ago. They have released a couple of CDs.

Patrick Devlin - Vocals and guitar
Chad Smalley - Vocals and bass
Michael McAloon - Drums
Brittany Johnson - Fiddle


Blaggards Live at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar on June 27th, 2014


Blunderbuster released this 5 track EP last year. All the songs can be downloaded for free from Soundcloud.


Current line-up:

Benjamin Burns - Electric Guitar/Banjo/Vox
Jules Davies - Acoustic Guitar/Vox
Dave Morgan - Bass/Vox/Whistles
Chris 'Stretch' Manger - Electric Guitar/Harmonica/Keyboard/Vox
Daniel Heath - Fiddle/Mandolin
Josh Barrow - Drums

EP line-up:

Ben Burns - vocals, electric guitar and banjo
Jules Davies - vocals and acoustic guitar
Hywel Evans - fiddle
Loz Shaw - mandolin, and bass
Sam Johnson - drums, cajon

EP Tracklisting:

1. Dani's House Party
2. Old Macquarie
3. Picked Up & F***ed Up
4. Kick Arse
5. The Crucible



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW - THE IRISH McDRINKERS "Welcome to WhiskeyTown" (2104)

The Irish McDrinkers "Welcome to Whiskey Town" self-released
Release date: May 11, 2014
Running time: 20:49, 6 tracks

Usually, when I hear that a new band from Quebec  has released new stuff, I’m happy. I love Canadian bands and Canada is so big that every single province has a lot of interesting bands. However, only Quebec has the best of both worlds, the French and the Irish/Scottish heritage.

The Irish McDrinkers are a young band from Jonquière.: Louis Deschenes (lead vocals, bass), Jeff Gaudreault (guitar, background vocals), Catherine Boivin (guitar, mandolin), Jean-Benoit St-Germain (fiddle, background vocals) and Tommy Ouellet (drums, backing vocals). These guys (and girl) play an awesome brand of punk rock with an Irish twist.  Generally, new bands record some well-known standards or the odd Pogues cover. However, The Irish McDrinkers first work is full of original stuff. Six self-penned songs that cannot be filed under the usual labels (that is, the Dropkick Murphys end and the Flogging Molly end).

The sound is led by the fiddle and the guitar, and gang vocals are present throughout all the songs. Kick-ass mandolin playing can be heard on some numbers too. My faves: “Penny”, a song on which the fiddling has a Brighton folk punk flavour; “The Boozer Lament”, the single where mandolin truly shines; “Scotty McScottingham”, a fast-paced fiddle punk-rock song; and the closing number, the mid-tempo “Welcome to WhiskeyTown”.

The EP packaging is a jewel case with a 2 page booklet stating the line-up, the band’s facebook and youtube sites and the guy that has recorded the EP. The artwork covers the full Celtic punk iconography: 4 leaf shamrocks, skulls and anchors.

Maybe the production is a little bit rough at the edges, but The Irish McDrinkers’  songs show a lot of great ideas. So, if they are able to find a producer to help them to develop those ideas, I guess that their debut album will be amazing. In the meanwhile contact the band via Facebook to get this EP (7,00 Canadian dollars + P&P).


1 - Handfull of Mess 3.19
2 - Penny 2:56
3 - The Boozer Lament 3:28
4 - Dirty Rats 3:26
5 - Scotty McScottingham 3:47
6 - Welcome to Whiskeytown 3:41


Review by Kinksmarkham

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Uncle Bard and The Dirty Bastards video for "Rambling Bhoys"

Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards - "Rambling Bhoys"


Nobody Knows are releasing their new album "Kleinstadtrhapsodien" featuring only self-penned material next August 30th, 2014. This is the video for the 1st single, "Po". BTW, the mp3 single can be downloaded for free.

Nobody Knows - Po

Nobody Knows - Po

Monday, July 21, 2014

REVIEW - THE McNAUGHSTYS Self-titled EP (2014)

The McNaughstys - Self-titled EP
Released date: March 8th, 2014
Running time: 10:41, 4 tracks

The McNaughstys (MK I) hailed from Baltimore. They released an EP titled "Scraped Knuckles & Natty Boh's" and made a name for themselves at the Maryland scene with their Irish brand punk rock. In 2013 front man Shawn Callender moved to Los Angeles for a job in a music studio. Wherever he played the songs from that EP, his friends and acquaintances told him that they were a blast. So Shawn had to found new bandmates to re-record his material and The McNaughstys MK II were born.

The current line-up of The McNaughstys consists of Shan Callender (lead vocals, guitar), Max Gillespie (pipes, vocals), Troy Tucker (drums), Seth Hansen (fiddle, vocals) and Alexei Acosta (bass, vocals). The EP has 4 tracks and, after listening to them, one can’t wait for more. Two pipes standards have been included; however, this is not a full-album, but a first contact of the band with the LA Celtic punk audience. Besides, “Dundalk the Brave” is not exactly a “Scotland the Brave” cover, but a song with different lyrics based on the Scottish classic tune. If Green Day had decided to record a Celtic punk song  for their "Dookie" album, it would have sounded like The McNaughstysDundalk the Brave”.

On the next number the band shifts to the pirate punk end and they do it pretty well: "The Ship's Going Down". Track number 3, “Sheys Rebellion”,  is my favourite song on the EP, a kick-ass rocking number based on guitar and banjo.

The other standard on the EP is “Amazing Grace” and once again the song gets The McNaughstys brilliant treatment.

Regarding the packaging, The McNaughstys self-titled EP is delivered in a jewel case.

I recommend you to go to YouTube and watch The McNaughstys’ recent  live videos. Maybe the sound quality is not perfect, but you’ll see that this whiskey fueled bagpipes outfit kicks ass. Remember that most of The McNaughstys songs are available for free at Reverbnation, together with the lyrics for every single song. Grab a beer  (A Natty Boh if possible) and enjoy The McNaughstys EP.


1 - Dundalk the Brave 3:04
2 - The Ship's Going Down 2:30
3 - Sheys Rebellion 2:05
4 - Amazing Grace 3:05

Band's Soundcloud
Drummer's Soundcloud
Interview at Sound the Groove
Interview at PopVulture Entertainment

Send a PM to the band's Facebook account to buy the CD.

Review by Kinksmarkham

Friday, July 18, 2014


The Ceili Family were taped last June when they opened for The Roughneck Riot in Oberhausen (Germany).

Thanks to Minimax for recording the show and especially to Robin Hiermer a.k.a. Funkfuzzi for his kind permission to share this boot.

Please remember that The Ceili Family have recently released a two track digital single. It'd be rather nice if you could buy it. 

Click HERE to buy the single.

Salzer - Accordion, vocals
Robin - Guitar, vocals
Schröder - Guitar, mandolin, vocals
Whiskey Wiese - Bass
Matthi - Drums
Erik, der Wikinger - Fiddle


"Don't Eat Yellow Snow" (6 tracks, 2000)
"Tooraloo" (9 tracks, 2006)
"Tory Kings" (11 tracks, 2009)
"Keep Calm and Have a Ball with The Ceili Family" (2 track single, 2014)


Thursday, July 17, 2014


RATS (Riot at The Ship) hail from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and formed two years ago. Their virtual EP will be launched during 2 months till mid-August: 8 songs (4 originals and 4 covers), together with 2 videos. They have recently filmed the video for "Somos Nós".

These are tracks no. 1 and no. 2.



Kito Vilela - Guitar
Fernando Oliveira - Banjo
Bruno Pavio - Bass
Fernando Bastos - and vocals
Bernardo Machado Pança - Drums

RATS - Somos Nós

RATS - Bella Ciao


Download a brand new Roughneck Riot track for free!

Please share about and more importantly let them know what you think.

Also check out all the other local bands on there, s'a great free comp!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Robbing Vikes - 'We are "PIRATES" ' Minatomachi Records MMR-003
Release date: June 11th, 2014
Running time:16:00, 5 tracks

Japan has a vibrant Celtic/folk punk scene. Unfortunately, most of the bands break-up or, even if they are still alive, we don’t hear of them again. The only exception would be The Cherry Coke$, which are really a prolific band. We must feel happy now, since there is a new gem hailing from Japan: Robbing Vikes. These guys have just released a fecking brilliant EP whose sound is based on the mandolin, perfectly backed by the electric instruments and, sometimes, by the tin whistle. Although there are some Dropkick Murphys elements on some of their songs, Robbing Vikes are not the usual wannabe band. In fact, they are neither influenced by DKM, nor by Flogging Molly. And, to tell you the truth, this is a big compliment to them.

The Japanese pirates have recorded 5 self-penned top-notch songs.  On “Battle Field”, the opening track, the mandolin, tin whistle, guitar and gang vocals are really amazing. But the next song is even better, the fantastic “Captain Frogger”, where the guys give Flatfoot 56 a run for their money. I love the mandolin sound, similar to the songs that Asturian band The Cilvrnigans have released so far. Robbing Vikes don’t slow down in track no. 3, “Let’s Get Drunk”, which is a festive song that Paddy and The Rats fans will enjoy. The tin whistle is heard again on “Oretachi no utopia”. Finally, Robbing Vikes show us
on “Umi! Sake! Onna! Kurau!!! that they can become a sort of Japanese Bastards on Parade (without pipes, obviously) .

Robbing Vikes 'We are “PIRATES” ' EP is a great discovery. Try to grab a copy, since this will make the Top5 EPs of the year.


1 - Battle Field
2 - Captain Frogger
3 - Let's Get Drunk
4 - Oretachi no utopia
5 - Umi! Sake! Onna! Kurau!!!


Click to buy:

Amazon Japan
Diskunion Japan
HMV Japan
Tower Records Japan

Review by Kinksmarkham

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Drink Hunters are touring Europe from 16 to 29 July 2014. These are the dates that are confirmed so far. (Click on them to go to the Facebook event for further info)

Monday, July 14, 2014


Kilt the Messenger "Hero Punk" Self-released
Release date: March 13, 2014
Running time: 45:31, 12 tracks

Kilt the Messenger is a good name for a bagpipes punk band. However, the three guys and the two girls from Florida have evolved from “Celtic punk” to “Indie Punk with a lot of different instrumentation”. There are some straightforward Celtic punk numbers, but the 12 tracks from “Hero Punk” cover different genres.

Even if “Hero Punk” is not a concept album, front man and lyricist Bob Youhas feels that there is a theme all over the album: heroism. Bob has worked around 20 years as fireman and paramedic and therefore some of his experiences and/or thoughts are shown on his songwriting. “Waiting for the one” is about a woman who has had a mastectomy who meets on the dance floor a guy who has lost an arm in the war. “Roll On” is about a fireman who is carrying a woman down the stairwell of the World Trade Center. “Miserable Lifes” is about a small village whose citizens decide to fight rather than surrender to an invading army. And “Good to Go” is inspired by the attack to the US embassy in Benghazi in 2012 and the Navy Seals who helped rescue a lot of people.

As a bagpipes punk lover, my favourite songs are the opening number “Rotten Promises”, a kick-ass song with a martial Real McKenzies sound on the pipes; “Sadly Mistaken”, a top-notch song in the Farler’s Fury vein; “Miserable Lives”, an amazing number slightly reminiscent of The Black Tartan Clan sound because of the pipes, banjo and keyboards; “Hero Punk”, an interesting song featuring bagpipes too; and “Tithing Man”, with mandolin, keyboards and great backing vocals.

Apart from those songs, I‘d also pick up “Waiting for the One” with his R’n’R from the Fifties sound; “Long Goodbye”, a fast-paced song with an awesome guitar solo; and “Good to Go”, a song with a British folk rock twist à la Steeleye Span on which  Annie Padnuk viola can be heard.

Kilt the MessengerHero Punk” is a self-released album. The CD packaging is a black and white digipack including the lyrics to all of the songs and the full credits and liner notes. It's clearly stated that the the pipes tune in “Sadly Mistaken” is “The Crags of Tumbledown Mountain” by James Riddell and the pipes tune at the beginning of “Miserable Lives” is the traditional bagpipe tune “Wings”. All of the songs have been written by Bob Youhas and arranged by Kilt the Messenger. Congrats to Kilt the Messenger for this fantastic labour of love packaging.

Kilt the Messenger are not the only bagpipes rock band in Florida. But they don’t follow Seven Nation ad Rathkeltair’s footsteps, since Kilt the Messenger have created their own distinctive sound. Check them out!


01. Rotten Promises 4:54
02. Waiting for the One 4:08
03. Miserable Lives 3:51
04. Good to Go 3:20
05. Long Goodbye 3:17
06. Fall Away 3:16
07. Never Meant to Be 4:01
08. Tithing Man 4:06
09. Sadly Mistaken 2:59
10. Sayonara 3:33
11. Roll On 4:51
12. Hero Punk 2:52

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Review by Kinksmarkham

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