Creeds Cross are Bart Foley and Denis Dowling Flying the flag for Cork, Dublin and Kildare New album "Gods & Fighting men" is released March 3rd 2014.
“Gods & Fighting Men", the new album by Creeds Cross out March 3rd 2014
The album features an all star line up of musicians including Pete Jupp (FM) Drums, Bob Skeat (Wishbone Ash) Bass, Pat McManus (Mamas Boys and Celtus) Fiddle, and Brian Kelly (Shane McGowan) on Banjo.
Paddyrock takes on a new twist with this guitar driven traditionally influenced release. It’s a journey from mayhem to melancholy, stopping at every pub in between!
Written and Produced by Bart Foley, who’s background as a songwriter and a session player has seen him signed to some of the biggest music labels in the business, including Rondor Music and Peer Music International.
Regular trips to the songwriting capital of the US, Nashville, meant that he would learn about song crafting from some of the best writers in the world
Bart Foley was born in Co Cork, but grew up in Dublin and met guitarist, Denis Dowling, a Co Kildare native on the busy London music circuit. The spark for a different Irish rock album was born and "Gods & Fighting Men" is the result.
Drawing on inspiration from memories of growing up in Ireland and the rich and varied tapestry of Irish music, the songs are both autobiographical and fictional at the same time. With influences from the great Irish rock bands like Thin Lizzy and the Horslips and the more traditional Moving Hearts and Stocktons Wing, Creeds Cross have, in making the album "Gods & Fighting Men", created a new niche and genre of music.
The Tower of Dudes "Make Your Own Culture" Velvet Rut Records 003/TOD 004 Release date: 1 March 2014 Running time: 33:25, 12 tracks
“Make Your Own Culture” is the Tower of Dudes’ third album. The band was established in Prague (Czech Republic) by some US, Canadian and British expatriates and recently moved to Victoria, BC (Canada). The Towers of Dudes are Johnny Feelings (guitar, vocals), Urban Su (vibraphones, mandolin, background vocals), Friendly (drums, background vocals), Dirt MD (bass, background vocals), “Gentleman” Joel Fernandes (electric guitar, background vocals), Tarah Masu (accordion, background vocals) and Nick Jennings (banjo). They define their music as “Eastern European Accordion-Fronted Gypsy Cowpunk with Post Indie Hard Folk Punk Influences”.
Ecclectic? Sure. Upbeat gypsy numbers like the opening track “Make Your Own Culture”; polka on “10.000 Hours”; indie pop-rock on “Let it Go”; “Lower Shelf Taste” makes me think of Mano Negra’s “King Kong Five” 7” B-side, “Food Fight” … And the Tower of Dudes keep on exploring more territories on the best songs: the catchy song “We Never Learn Anything”, the cowpunk track “Party Like You Use to Could”, The Damned infused “Please Don’t Bury Me Alive” and “Station Wagon”, a song with a Talking Heads twist.
If you love gypsy music, polka and cowpunk, “Make Your Own Culture” is a good choice. These guys don’t try to copy other acts, but to create their own musical world. Enjoy the Tower of Dudes experience. Track listing:
01 - Make Your Own Culture 1:36 02 - Düm 3:26 03 - We Never Learn Anything 2:05 04 - Never Coming Down 2:14 05 - Station Wagon 2:57 06 - Pretty Special 4:01 07 - Lower Shelf Taste 2:47 08 - Party Like You Used to Could 1:51 09 - Let it Go 3:23 10 - 10.000 Hours 3.20 11 - Please Don't Bury Me Alive 2:44 12 - Morning 3:39
Only 9 days left to help Drink Hunters to reach their goal, 2.000,00 EUR, to release "Lurking Behind the Woods".
Go ahead and choose your reward HERE.
BTW, even if there is no "official" Saint Patrick's Day gig, the band will be playing a Punk and Celtic Punk Night at Casal de Cultura Robert Brilles in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) next March 14th, 2014.
The McGonagalls are a 3 piece Celtic/Punk band living in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Their debut album "The McGonagalls Greatest Hits Vol. I" will be out soon. Apparently they love the Cockney Rejects ;-)
"Sea Monster" is the second single from The Good Ship's third album 'The Seven Seas'. The B-side is an alternate version of album track "Misunderstood", featuring vocals by pianist and banjo player Brett Harris.
Rovers Ahead "Always the Sinner, Never the Saint" Cat. no. MMASR002 Release date: 7 February 2014 Running time: 44:07 13 tracks
What do Flogging Molly, Sir Reg and Rovers Ahead have in common? Yes, all of these bands are fronted by an Irish expat.
Rovers Ahead is an eight piece band hailing from Denmark. The band was established in 2007 and they delivered a couple of 3 track EPs in 2009 (“Candy Farm Sessions”) and 2010 (“Subversive Sessions”). Nevertheless, their album was not released till the beginning of February 2014. As the bands has stated in the digital booklet liner notes “This particular record has been through so many trials and tribulations and we are proud to finally be able to release it!”
We have been following the band from our very beginning and are happy to hear how the songs have evolved from their first live songs from Myspace heyday and the two EPs to the final studio cuts. Some musicians have gone and new members have joined the band, but the core of the band has not changed: Nathan Corcoran (vocals), Lasse Lund Elmer (guitar), Benjamin Hansen (banjo, mandolin, guitar), Niels Koch (fiddle) and Kaare Grasboll (accordion). And this is one of the band’s strengths, the songwriting and the musicianship is top-notch because Nathan, Lasse, Benjamin, Niels and Kaares have been together for a long time. The wait has been too long, but the effort has paid off.
As far as the lyrics are concerned, even if some of them have been written by Danes, the topics have a strong Irish pedigree: difficult relationships between a father and his son (“My Dear Father”), losers (“King of Nothing”), pub & booze life “One Mad Night at the Pub”, “Went Out to Get a Drink”), “difficult loves” ("Bonnie Lass", "Ghost of Anne Reily") … and an amazing punk/social number about being on the dole nowadays (“Lend Me This Month’s Rent”).
Rovers Ahead have followed an approach that I do really appreciate: almost all of the tracks are self-penned songs and one of them is an instrumental number, “Stingy Jack’s Rumble”. Besides, the only traditional track is a spoken number, “The Mouse on the Barroom Floor”. In other words, no standard drinking song can be found on their debut album. Hats-off to you, Rovers Ahead!
Musically, the sound of the band tries to go away from the Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys ends. They have an own sound with some Dubliners, Blood or Whiskey and Killigans drops. “Always the Sinner, Never the Saint” has been mixed and mastered by Göran Frid and Erik Dahlqvist at DFM Studios. Yes, the very same Erik Dahlqvist from Sir Reg. Then you can be aware that the album sound is perfect.
The highlights on the album IMHO would be “One Mad Night at the Pub”, “Stingy Jack’s Rumble”, “Bonnie Lass”, “Lend Me This Month’s Rent”, “My Dear Father”, “Day of Defeat”, “King of Nothing” and “Make Me a Saint”.
The album packaging is a digipack with no lyrics booklet. However, a link to the PDF booklet is stated on the credit notes. Once you have bought your CD and downloaded the digital booklet, you’lll get a further reward ;-)
What are you waiting for? Grab a Carlsberg bottle, a pint of stout or a bottle of whiskey and dance to “Always the Sinner, Never the Saint”
01 - My Dear Father 4:07 02 - Bonnie Lass 2:54 03 - Ghost of Anne Reily 3:29 04 - King of Nothing 3:08 05 - The Mouse on the Barroom Floor 0:20 06 - One Mad Night at the Pub 2:44 07 - Went Out to Get a Drink (But Ended Up in Jail) 2:35 08 - Rose Full of thorns 3:49 09 - Make Me a Saint 4:17 10 - Stingy Jack's Rumble 2:02 11 - Day of defeat 3:42 12 - Town I Love so Well 4:48 13 - Lend Me This Month's Rent 6:07
(Source: the band's mail-out and the band's website)
"That was the year that was 2013. So, quicker than downing a pint at closing time, the new year and 2014 is here and upon us. We have some plans by the way - the first of which is recording a new CD demo, which represents the 4 piece sans fiddle line-up and some new tunes. Well mostly new.
Said recording is done and dusted, mixed and mastered with the tunes being "Blackberry Riot", "Their World", and "Partisan".
Then we will get it out there to venues and festivals and stuff. We hope to post something up soon - probably via our facebook page because it means I don't have to do owt. Please go visit and say hello because I am told it's the new way to communicate, this social media thing. Me, I still prefer a pint in a pub and a chat.
Hopefully we will look at doing a low-budget lo-fi video to go with one of the tunes. Probably "Blackberry Riot". Why? Because we and it are fashionably un-cool and behind the times. Even though it is still in the news. If you know what the song is about you will know what I mean.
Some more gigs would be nice, and a helpful hand of acoustic gigs to break us in nicely, so check out the gig page regularly 'cus we have a plan. Did I say that already? Oh hum.
We are well excited about 2014 'cus it adds up to 7 and that is supposed to be lucky innit, and as everyone knows we are a well lucky band mostly, Glad 2B Alive and all that. We’re cooking on eco-gas now and raring to go...
2. PARTISAN - THE NEW ACOUSTIC(ISH) ALBUM
It's on hold for the time being. No cash. Sorry."
3. GIGS 1st March: The Horseshoes, 2 Heath End Road, Nuneaton UK (acoustic)
It’s Valentine’s Day again, and after another great year we’ve never felt more loved. Thanks for all your support in 2013!
As a special thank-you, today we’re releasing a free 4-song Valentine’s Day EP, recorded live on New Year’s Eve in Northampton, MA. These are older songs (and one cover) and none of them are available on any of our other live releases, so we hope you like them!
When you get there, enter the password WEHEARTYOU to access the EP.
Play it loud!
LIVE AT SAINT CLAIRE (THE FILM)
We’re pleased to announce the release of a new 45-minute concert/documentary film on our digital store . Shot, directed and edited by Daniel Roher, this is a great mix of live performances, exclusive interviews and hilarious archival footage. Check it out by following this link:
As always, we’ve got lots of exciting shows coming up in March, including a return to the Turning Stone, a number of St. Patrick’s Week shows and a bunch of awesome venues throughout the northeastern US. To see when we'll be closest to you, check our tour schedule!"
Ferocious Dog s/t - Weird Sounds cat no. WSR0002 and self-released limited edition Release date: 5 April 2013 Running time: 52:44, 15 tracks
British folk punk has always had a strong following in the mainland, particularly in Germany and Austria. Levellers are the band at the forefront of that scene since they were the first British fiddle folk punk band. Other acts such as Tofu Love Frogs, Tricks Upon Travellers or Bleeding Hearts also became popular in the festival circuit. Ferocious Dog was also there, but fans have had to wait till their latest reincarnation to get their first recordings (some EPs in 2011-2012). Ferocious Dog hail from Nottinghamshire and their current line-up is Ken Bonsall (lead singer, guitar), Dan Booth (fiddle), Kyle Peters (guitar), Ellis Waring (mandolin, guitar, banjo), Dave Drury (bass) and Brad Drury (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 2013. And, surprise, surprise … the album has been released by a German label, Weird Sounds.
As a fiddle folk punk band, the obvious comparison is the Levellers. You know, a fiddle-led band and songs titled “Freeborn John” or “Criminal Justice”. But, if one listens carefully to the songs, a different approach can be found. I would say that sometimes Ken’s vocals resemble Mark’s way of singing; however, I don’t hear the fiddle and bass sonic wall that Jon and Jeremy used to build on their early albums. In fact, the fiddling on some tracks is closer to Goats Don’t Shave “Out in the Open” era. Just listen to “On the Rocks” or “Criminal Justice”.
So, Ferocious Dog’s debut album is an interesting British folk punk CD with a Celtic twist. Together with tracks 3 and 8, the outstanding numbers would be “Blind Leading the Blind” (some McDermott’s 2 Hours touch on this), the kick-ass rendition of “Paddy on the Railway”, “Quiet Paddy”, “Too Late” (amazing song with two different parts), “Mairi’s Wedding Part II” (with a reggae part) , and the first songs on the album, “The Glass” (an anti-war song) and “Lee’s Tune”, both of them featuring banjo.
Their debut album has had two different pressings: the German edition, Weird Sounds cat no. WSR0002, and the limited edition released by the band. Apart from the different artwork, the limited edition CD has a track called “Verse for Lee” (the album was recorded in loving memory of Ken’s song, Lee Bonsall, 1987-2012). As it’s not listed on the German edition I don´t know if it has been included as a hidden track or not.
A piece of advice: Buy this CD and then the 3 piece acoustic album that Ferocious Dog are releasing soon.
01 - The Glass 2:37 02 - Lee's Tune 2:25 03 - On The Rocks 2:41 04 - Too Late 3:21 05 - Freeborn John 3:11 06 - Hell Hounds 3:25 07 - Quiet Paddy 4:40
08 - Lyla 5:57 09 - Criminal Justice 4:30 10 - Pocket Of Madness 3:31 11 - Blind Leading The Blind 3:30 12 - Freethinker 4:46 13 - Mairi's Wedding Part II 3:17 14 - Paddy On The Railway 3:45 15 - Verse for Lee 1:01
The Shambolics (Adelaide, Australia) play raucous rollickin’ roots music, with tunes from Dublin Bay to Vladivostok and songs inspired by a lost weekend in a sheebeen in downtown Birmingham; England not Alabama.
All sorts of instruments will be on the stage and some of them might actually be played – pipes, whistles, banjo, accordion, guitars, harps and even a bodhran to get the feet stompin...
The lads hammer out mainly rollickin’ original tunes but might even do a few tunes by the Pogues, DKM, Floggin Molly and Celine Dion – just jokin - we don’t do any Floggin Molly!!
Put on Yer dancing clogs on and get down to a Shambos gig – or we’ll come and get yeh!!
The folk-punk in the Basque country has a long history. Even if there are no full albums blending folk with punk or rock from the mid eighties, some seminal bands wrote several folk-punk numbers (Celtic and Non-Celtic). Probably the first song would be Hertzainak’s self-titled song whose single was given away with the first copies of their second album “Hau dena aldatu nahi nuke” (1985). The next songs would be ” Jaungoikoa eta lege zarra” off “El estado de las cosas” (1986), the second album released by Kortatu and Baldin Bada’s Ibilaldia single “Zirt Zart”. La Polla Records’s song “No somos nada” that opened their third album in 1986 was the first song featuring the Asturian bagpipes.
But the first band blending Celtic and Basque folk music with pop-rock would be Sorotan Bele, whose first and second Capercaillie infused albums from 1993 and 1994 sold a huge amount of copies. Later, bands from both sides of the Spanish-French border released some Celtic rock albums in the Celtas Cortos vein (Rhune and Zapozain). More recently, Bizardunak have become quite popular merging The Pogues and Wolfe Tones influences. And don’t forget Deiedra, with their acoustic rebel music straight from the pub.
McOnak are a young band from Lekitto (Lekeitio), a Basque fishing port in Biscay. Even if these lads share a strong nationalist rebel side with Bizardunak, their music is less aggressive and more diverse.
“Piraten Matxinada” (“The pirate rebellion”) is a fresh album that musically looks to Hertzainak and Sorotan Bele. There is a small Dropkick Murphys twist on “Traizio balada” and some Celtic influences, but the sound is more Basque than Celtic. The instrumentation is based on diatonic accordion, whistle and/or sax and harmonica together with guest musicians on fiddle, keyboards and pedal steel.
The opening cut is called “Zerbezien Komandua” ("The Beer Commando”) a catchy song featuring Ager Isunza on fiddle. The following number is a slow number about the band, “McOnak”. The third track, “Zure garaiak”, is an upbeat song with an in yer face tin whistle featuring Andoni Basterretxea (Delirium Tremens) on vocals.
The fourth song, "Traizio balada", features another well-known vocalist, Aritz Artola from Bizardunak. Banjo can be heard on this amazing number.
The following cut is “Ireki botila” (“Open the Bottle”). It’s a fantastic Sorotan Bele meets The Men They Couldn’t Hang song featuring Ager Isunza on pedal steel. A great cow-punk number.
“Altxa lagun” is a tribute song to Iñigo Cavacas, an Athletic Bilbao fan that died when he was hit “accidentally” by a rubber bullet shot by the police after a football game.
“Espekulazioa” is another kick ass song. At the beginning it’s an acoustic number and then it goes electric. Billiant in yer face tin whistle once again.
The following number, “Kateak apurtu” (“Break the chains”) showcases accordion, fiddle (guest Esther Gabiola) and banjo. An infectious fast-paced song.
“Beste egun bat” (“Another Day”) is a Caribbean rythms song featuring keyboards (Olatz Salvador from Skaiketan) and Sax.
Finally, a couple of quieter numbers. “Tabernako argiak” (“The Tavern Lights”) is one of my fave cuts on the album. It’s a top-notch ballad with a Loquillo y Los Trogloditas twist. "Banoa" is a back to basics Bob Dylan infused folk-rock number featuring harmonica.
So, I strongly recommend “Piraten matxinada” by McOnak. The lads from Lekitto have delivered an appealing folk-punk-rock album that both Celtic and non-Celtic audiences will enjoy.
Last Summer the band released a 13 track CD-R "En attendant la gloire" featuring 10 cuts from a live show at Dynamo (Toulouse) last January 2013 and 3 songs from their debut album. At the end of 2013 they released the 11 track debut album "(C'est) pour la gloire". A digital version is available at Bandcamp (Price: at least 5 Euros).
Old recordings can be downloaded for free from their website: a 14 track live show from July 2011 and a 5 track demo.
Auld Corn Brigade "Rebels till the End" Bad Dog Records BD60 Release date: 28 December 2013 Running time: 49:50, 14 tracks
Auld Corn Brigade have been around for a while, blending the Wolfe Tones and streetpunk. If their debut album “A Fighter’s Lullaby” was full of Rebel songs, their follow-up, the 4 track EP “Our Flag, proved that the boys and girls from Nordhausen were able to defend their own material.
“Rebels till the End” is obviously their most mature effort to date. The album lists 14 tracks and 10 of them are self-penned songs. The main songwriter is lead vocalist/guitarist/bass player Nico, but fellow member Marko has co-written one song with him, “Old Lullaby”. A small change in the line-up can be noticed. Bassist Klaus is no longer on board but there is a new member playing accordion, piano, tin whistle and fiddle: Eric.
Yes, there is a musical evolution, but the band’s DNA has not varied. Lyrics are rebel songs; from the XXIst century, but as rebel as ever. The lyrics cover Irish topics (emigration in “Sheila and Shawn”, fighters for freedom in “Graves of the Fallen Soldiers”), but there are also numbers about worldwide “problems” (“Financial Times”), underlying racism (“Idyllic Small Town”), rugby anthems (“Seamrog Song” and “Come Back Home”), a tribute to Sankt Pauli football club and neighbourhood (“Forza Sankt Pauli”) and even a drinking song (“Old Lullaby”).
My fave numbers, following the track order: “1605” (a song about Guy Fawkes day), ”Sheila and Shawn” (fantastic chorus to sing-along and excellent guitar work), “Seamrog Song” (one of the best songs on the album), “Come Back Home” (featuring “Auld Lang Syne” on tin whistle at the end of the song), “Old Lullaby” (an infectious number. At the beginning Nico sings a capella, then the rest of the band joins. Excellent banjo picking and clapping at the end), “Ydillic Small Town” (another street punk anthem), “Day to Day” (the single, ACB covering Gary Bolstad), “Forza Sankt Pauli” (a live favourite), “Donny brook Fair” (ACB return to their beloved territory, Irish ballads), “Rose of No Man’s Land” (another cover about the Red Cross nurses in WW I) and their amazing rendition of “South Australia”. Maybe a couple of details could have been improved. Fiddle and tin whistle get the right treatment, but perhaps the accordion is a little bit hidden in the mix. Besides, I feel that in some songs the electric instruments sound stronger than Nicole Vocals.
Auld Corn Brigade have remained faithful to Bad Dog Records and their label has released the CD in a digipack once again. As you can see, the artwork is awesome. I guess that Auld Corn Brigade will sell a lot of t-shirts with the skeleton-fiddler.
Congrats to Auld Corn Brigade for their evolution as a Celtic streetpunk band. If they keep on growing in future releases, they’ll become an essential band.
1. 1605 4:27 2. Sheila And Shawn 2:34 3. Seamrog Song 3:23 4. Come Back Home 3:37 5. Old Lullaby 3:25 6. Financial Times 4:41 7. Idyllic Small Town 4:00 8. Graves Of The Fallen Soldiers 5:08 9. Day To Day 2:37 10. Rebels We Are 3:17 11. Forza Sankt Pauli 3:13 12. Donnybrook Fair 3:20 13. Rose Of No Mans Land 2:53 14. South Australia 3.09
The Fatty Farmers started yesterday their Refarmatory Tour 2014. There is an Italian St. Patrick's Day leg, as four shows will be played in Padova, (14 March), Bologna (15 March), Brescia (16 March) and Pesaro (17 March).
The Moorings "La Cigale Unplugged" BIP02013 Release date: 9 November 2013 Running time: 29:06, 8 tracks
It’s difficult to understand why a band that has only released one EP and one album decides to issue an unplugged album. Normally, live albums are delivered after having released several studio records. However, the answer becomes obvious when one takes into account that The Moorings were offered to open for The Dubliners at their 50th anniversary concert at La Cigale in Paris.
“La Cigale Unplugged” features everything one can expect from a Celtic (punk)-rock live album: a set of tunes, the band’s greatest hits and some standards. The weakest points, IMHO, are the running time (less than 30 minutes) and the feeling that some songs have been performed at a slower tempo than studio takes. I admit that it’s an unplugged album and The Moorings were opening for a non-electric band, then I guess that it’s the approach that was needed for that evening.
Four out of eight songs were previously recorded on “Pints & Glory” (“Away from Home”, “The Nightingale”, “The Wild Rover” and “Friendship”) an the other half are never previously released numbers (“Nicky’s Kick/The Lads of Clifden/Draughty Petticoats”, “Broken Hearted Man”, “A Posy of Lily” and “The Mariner I Used to Be”). BTW, all of the new tracks are self-penned songs. Regarding the line-up, The Moorings have evolved from a seven piece band to a quintet . Besides, guitarist Nicky has shifted from guitar to banjo, at least for this album. Although there is no permanent whistler on the band, a tin whistle can be heard on one of the songs. I guess that Anne-Sophie switched from fiddle to tin whistle, since nothing is mentioned on the credits.
The digipack packaging is amazing and the album cover reminds me of Flogging Molly’s debut album.
My picks: the excellent set of tunes “Nicky’s Kick/The Lads of Clifden/Draughty Petticoats”, The Pogues infused song “The Mariner I Used to Be”, their kick ass rendition of “The Wild Rover” and their well-known anthem “Friendship”, which is really played at a fast pace.
For those who love vinyls, the album is available both in CD and vinyl.
1 - Nicky's Kick / the Lads of Clifden / Draughty Petticoats 3:37 2 - Broken Hearted Man 4:31 3 - Away from Home 3:02 4 - A Posy of Lily 3:43 5 - The Mariner I Used to Be 3:46 6 - The Nightingale 3:45 7 - The Wild Rover 2:58 8 - Friendship 3:42
Thank you for purchasing our albums by which you support the completion of the further Firkin songs.
On 22nd February, 2014 a huge party will take place in Barba Negra Music Club with all the brand new songs of Firkin's 5th record entitled "Finger in the Pie"! Don't miss out on the first tunes of the spring; several amiable musician friends will join us in the merriment: Attila Szabó (Csík zenekar), Judit Bonyár (NeoFolk), Nóra Fehér (Kormorán) Pál Göttinger (honorary Firkin member), Csongor Turáni (M.É.Z.).
Pre-sale tickets: HUF 2200 Tickets at the evening box office HUF 2900
Tickets are available
- at ticket offices: at the Ticket Express (TEX) offices countrywide
- at the venue: Barba Negra Music Club (1117 Budapest, Prielle Kornélia u. 4). Opening hours: Mon-Sat 14:00 - 20:00; Tel.: +36 20 563 2254
- in pubs: Čech In Sörtár (1065 Budapest, Lázár u. 7.). Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16:00-01:00. Those, who purchase 4 tickets - or more - will be given a free glass of Jezek beer.
- at the Firkin concerts (look for the merchandise desk!)
- online: TEX.hu (if you choose Print@Home service and your order does not exceed HUF 7999, there will be NO handling charge!)