Saturday, February 27, 2010

ENTER THE HAGGIS - March 2010 Newsletter


Hey all! Hard to believe it's already that time of year again, but we're heading out for the bulk of March and we've got a few cool things to tell you about before we do. Read on!


We're very excited to announce the launch of our very own official iPhone/iPod Touch app - and it's free!

Now you can keep track of ETH's tour dates, Twitter posts, new photos and videos and more, right from your phone. There's even a lyrics database to help solve those bar arguments before they turn violent. Best of all, if you tag your Flickr photos or YouTube videos with "Enter The Haggis", they'll show up right in the app, ready to be shown off!

Did we mention it's free? Click the following link to get it now (or just search for "ETH" on the app store):

Before you ask - yes, we're hoping to have Android and Windows Mobile versions available eventually, so caress your CrackBerry equivalent and be patient. What next? Maybe an ETH-themed OS. And our own W3C compliant markup language. Is he joking? Hmmm...


Yes. I'm joking.


We're pleased to announce the launch of the official ETH Community Initiative Facebook Group! For those of you who don't know, ETHCI is something we've been doing for a few months now - basically we partner with a food bank or shelter in every town we play, then a couple of volunteers collect non-perishable food and other helpful items (like long underwear, diapers, baby formula etc) and deliver it after the show. If you'd like to help out, or just learn more about the ETHCI, follow this link:

Thanks for your help!


We're all over the place this month - first we've got a bunch of dates in the northeast (including a huge St Patrick's Day show in Foxborough, MA) and we end the month by playing just about every city and town in New Mexico. There are a bunch of NY shows; a Pearl St party in Northampton; a trip up to Waterville, ME; a return to the Main Pub in Manchester, CT and our very first appearance at Shamrock Fest in Washington DC (with Icewagon Flu, Seven Nations, Carbon Leaf and many more!) To top it off, our buddies Hoots and Hellmouth will be joining us for a bunch of dates - check them out here:

We've also got new t-shirts and hoodies we're really excited about.

Look for the new designs on an ETH merch table near you!

Here's the way the whole tour looks:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Gilligan's Getaway
7160 State Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (United States)
Set: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Adv / $ 18 Door

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Parting Glass
40-42 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (United States)
(518) 583-1916
Set: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15

Friday, March 5, 2010
The Electric Company
700 Varick Street, Utica, NY 13502 (United States)
Set: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10

Saturday, March 6, 2010
Pearl Street
10 Pearl St, Northampton, MA 01060 (United States)
(413) 586-2632
Set: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $17.50 adv / $20 door

Sunday, March 7, 2010
Turning Point
468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 10968 (United States)
(845) 359-1089
Set: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
413 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850 (United States)
(607) 272-1370
Set: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Adv / $ 12 Door

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Main Pub
306 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040 (United States)
(860) 647-1551
Set: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $12

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Enter the Haggis @ Bridgewater Irish Pub, Kingston, NY @ Bridgewater Irish Pub
50 Abeel Street, Kingston, NY 12401 (United States)
Set: 9:00 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $15 adv/$20 door

Friday, March 12, 2010
Enter the Haggis in Waterville, ME @ Waterville Opera House
93 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901 (United States)
(207) 873-5381
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $20

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Shamrock Festival - RFK Stadium Grounds
2400 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003 (United States)
Set: 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 14, 2010
The Playwright
144 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510 (United States)
Set: 3:30 PM

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Showcase Live!
1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035 (United States)
Set: 6:00 PM
Tickets: $20 Adv / $25 Door / $45 VIP

Friday, March 19, 2010
Enter the Haggis in Farmington, NM @ Henderson Fine Arts Center
4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM (United States)
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Enter the Haggis in Raton, NM @ Shuler Theater
131 N 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740 (United States)
Set: 7:30 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $12 adv/$16 door

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Enter the Haggis in Clovis, NM @ Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Blvd, Clovis, NM 88101 (United States)
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Enter the Haggis in Artesia, NM @ Ocotillo Performing Arts Center
310 W Main St, Artesia, NM 88210 (United States)
Set: 7:30 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $15

Friday, March 26, 2010
Enter the Haggis in Socorro, NM @ Macey Center
801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States)
(505) 835-5342
Set: 7:30 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $16

Saturday, March 27, 2010
South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 BRdway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (United States)
(505) 848-1320
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages
Tickets: $6

As always, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube! And don't forget to check out our brand new DVD on our online store:

See you on the road!


BRUTUS' DAUGHTERS - "When the Pubs Are Dying" out next March 13th 2010

Brutus' Daughters "When the Pubs Are Dying ..." release party will be held next Saturday March 13th 2010. The other bands that will be playing that day are Drink Hunters and Drunken Provos, a covers group which consists of members of Ebri Knight and Drink Hunters.

Venue: Sala The Bank, Madrid, Spain
Time: 22h00
Price: 6 Euros (including a drink)

Some of the tracks from "When the Pubs Are Dying ..." can be heard at MySpace:

"Old Drunken Jig"
"Time Has Gone By"
"Barrios Mestizos"

BLACK47 - Live in Lewiston, August 2009

01 Green Suede Shoes
02 The Big Fellah
03 Queen of Colombia (?)
04 Three Little Birds -> Desperate
05 One Starry Night
06 Rockin' The Bronx
07 Different Drummer
08 Banter
09 Ramadi
10 Downtown Baghdad Blues
11 James Connolly
12 Celtic Rocker
13 Izzy's Irish Rose
14 Funky Ceili
15 I got Laid On James Joyce's Grave

320 kbps

(Taken from Wikipedia)

Based in New York City, Black 47 is often described as a Celtic rock band though they use many different influences in their music, including Reggae, Hip Hop, Modern and Trad Jazz, Lower East Side Noise and other sounds from the streets of New York City. The band is made up of Irish, British and American citizens, and was formed in the Bronx, by Larry Kirwan and Chris Byrne in 1989. Their name is derived from 1847, the worst year of the Great Irish Famine.


Black 47 began as a two-piece with Larry Kirwan on vocals, electric guitar and drum machine, and Chris Byrne on uilleann pipes, tin whistles and bodhran. Their first performance was in the Bronx on October 2, 1989. During the first year a horn section was added with Fred Parcells on trombone and Geoffrey Blythe Dexy's Midnight Runners on saxophones. Later they were joined by Thomas Hamlin of Chill Faction on African percussion.

The band was in the studio within months of forming and released a cassette, Home of the Brave, in February 1990. This was heard by Frank Murray, manager of The Pogues, who signed them up for a new label he was forming. He took them over to London where they opened for The Pogues in Brixton Academy in December 1990. One can hear the vociferously mixed-reception they received on another self-released cassette, Live in London. Due to personal tragedy, Murray scrapped the label and in 1991 the band released an eponymous independent album.

They went into the studio with The Cars' Ric Ocasek who produced a five song eponymous CD released in Oct. 1992 on EMI Records which spawned the hit, Funky Ceili. Fire of Freedom a 14 song CD was released in 1993. Home of the Brave followed in 1994 with Jerry Harrison serving as producer. In 1996 the band shifted from EMI to Mercury Records with whom they released Green Suede Shoes.

The band continued to play over 150 dates every year touring the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK but hit some stormy personal weather. Because of their independent stance on affairs in the North of Ireland, their UK record companies refused to give them any support, thus cutting off the lucrative European market. Then beginning in 1996 a series of events shook them. Their sound man/recording engineer,Johnny Byrne, fell from his fourth story apartment window on E. Third Street, NYC, and was killed. The band crashed on black ice Interstate 95 near Old Lyme, Connecticut, coming home from a gig at The Strand in Providence. On St. Patrick's Day, a New York City policeman accidentally shot himself at their concert in The Academy, NYC - the policeman was killed, and two people close to the band were seriously injured. Soon after, John Murphy, a close friend and associate, was injured in a motorcycle accident in New Orleans and remained in a coma until passing away some years later. Thomas Hamlin's apartment burned down and he escaped with only his cat and passport. Most of this is summed up in their song "Those Saints" from the 2000 CD release, Trouble in the Land.

In their tenth year together, Black 47 released a limited edition compilation Ten Bloody Years and their first live recording Live In New York City which took place in the now defunct Wetlands nightclub. The band's appeared in the Matt Dillon/Danny Glover film, Saint of Fort Washington. Their cinematic music has been featured in many films and TV shows.

In 2000, founding member Chris Byrne left the band to focus on his solo music project Seanchaí and the Unity Squad.

New York Town (2004) is a tribute to their home base and focuses on the city right before and after the 9/11 tragedy when many Black 47 fans lost their lives, including FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge whom the band celebrated in the song Mychal.

Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes was a companion piece to Kirwan's memoir Green Suede Shoes - An Irish-American Odyssey.

Bittersweet 16 was released in their 16th year and is a collection of fan favorites and rare tracks - one for each year of the band's existence up to then.

Political as ever, Black 47 protested the Iraq War before there even was one. On March 17, 2003, the night war was declared, at The Knitting Factory they performed a version of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" after a vitriolic denunciation of President Bush that led to scuffles in the audience and a walk out by some of their supporters. The band soon followed this with Downtown Baghdad Blues often mentioned as the most powerful song about the conflict. Because of its appeal to working class and Lower Middle Class youth, the band traditionally has fans in the armed services. Kirwan began collecting emails from these service men and women stationed in Iraq and turned the raw material into visceral songs about the troops' experiences. Songs like Stars and Stripes and Southside Chicago Waltz songs received a tumultuous reception for the first three years of the war with many people protesting and others cheering. All the songs were collected on the critically well received CD, IRAQ, in 2008.

Black 47's new release, Bankers and Gangsters is a return to their eclectic roots mixing the passionate and political in various styles of music. Produced by Kirwan at the Carriage House in Stamford, CT.

Black 47's CD, Trouble in the Land was recently voted the Top Album of the Decade (2000's) in a poll by readers of

Black 47 have made many television appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Gay Byrne's Late Late Show in Ireland.


* 1989 - Home of the Brave/Live in London
* 1991 - Black 47
* 1992 - Black 47 (EP)
* 1993 - Fire of Freedom
* 1994 - Home of the Brave
* 1996 - Green Suede Shoes
* 1999 - Live in New York City
* 2000 - Trouble in the Land
* 2001 - On Fire (live)
* 2004 - New York Town
* 2005 - Elvis Murphys' Green Suede Shoes
* 2006 - Bittersweet Sixteen (popular songs & rarities collection)
* 2008 - Iraq
* 2010 - Bankers and Gangsters

Band members

* Geoffrey Blythe : tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet
* Joe Burcaw : bass, vocals
* Thomas Hamlin : drums, percussion
* Larry Kirwan : lead vocals, guitar
* Joseph Mulvanerty : uilleann pipes, flute, bodhrán
* Fred Parcells : trombone, tin whistle

Early members

* Chris Byrne : uilleann pipes, tin whistle, bodhrán and vocals (1989–2000)
* David Conrad : bass (1991–1993)
* Kevin Jenkins : bass (1993–1995)
* Andrew Goodsight: bass (1995–2006)

DOWNLOAD: (Part I) (Part II) (Part III)

Friday, February 26, 2010


Brutus' Daughters is a punk-folk band which was born in a southern county of Madrid. Having a classic punk band formation, they introduced both an Asturian bagpipe and a fiddle as a way to create the kind of music from which they have taken great influence. All of the members once belonged to other national punk, hxc, oi! and folk bands coming from different parts of Spain , and that's why their influences are so many.

The songs are written in languages such as Castilian, Asturian and English, not being narrow-minded if having to deal with other dialects. Concerning the subjects, some of the lyrics reflect the value of friendship involved in the 'shebeen' culture, while others contain a socio-political message, dennouncing the mistreat underpriviledged people has to suffer because of the abuse of authority. Literature from ethnical minorities, autobiographies, and traces from mythology deeply rooted in celt tradition have served as a source for many of them. The rescue of endangered languages is one of their concerns, the cultural richness and the linguistic variety is such that the need of preserving them, together with a social view of what is around them, is a must for their song's inspiration.

Also, the Irish influence is undeniable,taking bands like The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, or The Chieftains as a path to follow. As a consequence, it is easy to find in their repertoire melodies shaped in jigs, reels, and hornpipes, as well as sea shanties.

Paula - Vocals
Rebe - Drums, Vocals
Charly - Bass
Pablo - Rythm Guitar
Pitxe - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Noel - Fiddle, Tin Whistle and Low Whistle
Xipla - Bagpipes

The band is releasing "When the Pubs are Dying ..." in March 2010. They have just posted three tracks to their MySpace page. Here you will find some vids:

Brutus' Daughters "Barrios Mestizos"

Brutus Daughters live at Gruta 77 , Madrid December 4th,2009

Concierto II Priegorock (Cuenca) 28/03/09 Against the imperialism created by the white empire based upon crimes and slavery.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

FIRE IN THE PUB - Sampler February 2010

01 - SIR REG - Feck the Celtic Tiger (Taken from "This is Sir Reg") 3:03
02 - SIR REG - Arrive on St. Patrick's Day (Taken from "This is Sir Reg") 3:16
03 - SIR REG - 17 Coffins (Taken from "This is Sir Reg") 2:53
04 - SIR REG - Drink Up Ya Sinners 2:53
05 - MALTZ - Sweet Home Caldas Novas (Taken from "Do lúpulo ao coice") 2:50
06 - MALTZ - Levante a Caneca (Taken from "Do lúpulo ao coice") 2:33
07 - MALTZ - Aceite o Fato (Taken from "Do lúpulo ao coice") 2:28
08 - MALTZ - Hey Garota (Taken from "Do lúpulo ao coice") 3:25
09 - MALTZ - Ave Pirata (Recorded live at the Blackout Bar, Brasilia) 4:43
10 - IL POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO - Space Cake (Taken from "Altri Tempi") 5:53
11 - IL POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO - Dirty Old Town (Taken from "Hard Folk Café") 3:20
12 - IL POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO - Mediterraneamente parlando (Taken from "Hard Folk Café") 3:22
13 - IL POZZO DI SAN PATRIZIO - Cosa succede in citta (Taken from "Hard Folk Café") 3:10
14 - BOTE - Drunken Sailor (Taken from "Work and Worry") 2:25
15 - BOTE - The Bonnie Ship the Diamond (Taken from "Work and Worry") 3:29
16 - BOTE - Barnacles on the Hull (Taken from "Work and Worry") 2:30
17 - BOTE - All Day Long (Taken from "Work and Worry") 2:47
18 - THE WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED - Last Refrain (Taken from "Craic Agus Whiskey") 2:20


Tracks 1-4, Sir Reg
Track 5, Ed King/Gary Rossington/Van Zant/Ronnie Van Zant, arr. Maltz
Tracks 6-9, Maltz
Track 10, traditional, arr. Il Pozzo di San Patrizio
Track 11, Ewan McColl, arr. Il Pozzo di San Patrizio
Tracks 12-13, Il Pozzo di San Patrizio
Tracks 14-15, traditional, arr. Bote
Track 16, Tim Keeley
Track 17, Lyricks Tim Keeley/Brendan Poole, Music Tim Keeley
Track 18 The Whiskey of the Damned


1) Sir Reg (Dublin, Stockholm & Köping, Sweden)

Robin Rönnlund - Mandolin, Whistles, Keyboards
Brendan Sheehy - Guitar & Vocals
Karin Ullvin - Fiddle
Erik Ullvin - Drums, Vocals, Banjo
Juba - Electric bass
Palle Svensson - Electric guitar


"This is Sir Reg" (6 track EP, 2009)

Click on the EP title to buy the mp3 from Amazon

"Made up of musicians from Ireland & Sweden, SIR REG is a band that took a long time in the making. For many years under the name The Barcrawlers, the core of the band gigged it's ass off all over Scandinavia playing Irish pub songs at every venue imaginable. We'd felt we had achieved everything we'd set out to achieve as a "pub band" so decided it was about time to start making music that we ourselves wanted to make. Therefore, armed a bunch of original compositions we decided to hit the studio and create something we would be proud of. Music we ourselves would listen to. We threw all of our influences into a melting pot and created a sound that represented each of us.

We're only in our infancy at the moment & have a will to progress further as time goes on but feel we've laid the foundations for what our idea of SIR REG is."

2) Maltz (Brasilia, DF, Brasil)

Bruno Formiga - guitar, vocals, fiddle
Regis Matsumoto - guitar, vocals
Kadu - vocals, banjo, pipes
César Garrafa - drums, vocals
César Pirata - bass, vocals


"Do Lúpulo ao Coice" (4 track demo, 2008)

O Maltz não é mais uma banda nova cantando sobre as mesmas desilusões de sempre. É justamente o contrário! A proposta é cantar sobre as mulheres que passam por suas vidas, as cervejas que os integrantes tomam enquanto assistem seus times jogarem e o dinheiro que desperdiçam quando não estão fazendo estas coisas. Se trata de um grupo que não faz mal a ninguém, afinal eles querem te divertir.

Formado por Bruno Formiga (guitarra, violões, talento, atrasos e coros), Cadu Tomazzetti (banjo, gaita, organização, talento e coros), César Garrafa (bateria, boléia, talento e coros), César Pirata (baixo, coros e canecas de cerveja) e Régis Matsumoto (guitarra, insanidades e voz principal), o Maltz mistura elementos de música country/folk com punk rock.

As influências vão desde Johnny Cash e Hank Williams a Dropkick Murphys, Ramones e Flogging Molly.

Em junho de 2008 o grupo lançou seu primeiro trabalho, que é intitulado "Do lúpulo ao coice" - nome que surgiu enquanto era debatido como a banda deveria ser batizada. Ufa! Eles escaparam do pior! Enfim, a demo contém 4 músicas e pode ser baixada exclusivamente na Tramavirtual.

3) Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (Salerno, Italia)

Tony D'Alessio - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dario De Nicola - Vocals, Accordion, Backing Vocals
Antonella Manzo - Vocals, Flute, Tin Whistle, Backing Vocals
Alessandro De Marino - Clarinet, Midi Sax
Dario Triestino - Bass, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Luca Buoninfante - Drums, Percussion


"Il Pozzo di San Patrizio" (8 tracks, 2001)
"Altri Tempi" (10 tracks, 2003)
"Lucidamente" (12 tracks, 2006)
"Hard Folk Café" (10 tracks, 2008)

"Il Pozzo di San Patrizio was started in winter 1998 in Salerno (Campania, Italy) and it is one of the most appreciated folk rock band in Europe. This is proved by the great success obtained in the Altri Tempi European Tour 2004, the tour in the Netherlands and Germany in Dicember 2005 and the partecipations at important continental manifestations: F.I.M.U., Folkwoods and Oerol Festival.

After a first approach to folk music, the band developed a style characterized by different musical influences, that create an amazing show.

The actual musical research want to reach a modern sound trough the use of acustic instruments fused to analogic effects, so a little bit of electronics, folk, upbeat guitars, but also a lot of funny rock.

The first cd is the homonym "Il Pozzo di San Patrizio" a self-production of 2001.

In 2003 the band pubblished the second CD "Altri Tempi" and, in summer 2006, the third one, "Lucidamente", for the prestigious Milan label Ethnoworld with Venus distribution.

In May 2008 Il Pozzo di San Patrizio pubblished for UPR/EDEL, the most important Italian folk rock label, the CD "Hard Folk Cafè", which contains some of the most loved hits of the band and an homage to Vasco Rossi, with the song Cosa Succede in Città, sung with Lino Vairetti, the Osanna's singer, historycal band of Italian Prog."

4) Bote (Greer, South Carolina, U.S.A.)

Tim Keeley - vocals; bodhran/world percussion; concertina; pennywhistle; keys; dulcimer; harmonica
Eric Berthold - backing vocals; guitar; mandolin
Eddie Hipps - vocals; bass
Brandon New- vocals and guitar
Vincent Seabrook- drums and world percussion

"When Bides the Tide" (10 tracks live and 1 studio track, 2008)
"Work and Worry" (15 tracks, 2009)
"Live at the Elbow Room" (2009)

Click on the title to buy the first recording

"Bote is a five piece original folk rock set based out of the greater Upstate, SC. With a diverse lineup of members with many differing backgrounds, the band spans many genre and utilises its unique sound to please crowds of all ages.

Bote is best described as folk-rock/celtic/fusion with hints of reggae, blues, rockabilly, and funk mixed in. Many different bands have influenced all of our members, and the end result is a solid mix of everything and anything you'd hear from hundreds of different musicians, past and present. With dueling guitars and solid rhythm, combined with melodic songs and powerful vocals, Bote is a solid tribute to both past, present, and [ideally] future folk songs and social issues.

Whether it's reeling to Tim Finnegan's Wake or waltzing through slow, rolling ballads like Harbour LeCou, Bote gives individual attention to each song we address and play live or in the studio. Our debut album, "Work and Worry," is now available directly through the band's websites and highlights a more modern acoustic folk/pop sound as a whole, although there's a good mix of about everything in our unplugged guitars too.

Our live show tends to merge into a more powerfully electric showpiece, however, and we play songs that everyone knows, and most everyone loves. We also write our own material, the highlight of our shows being our regular closing number "All Day Long."

We hope you enjoy what you hear and give a listen to more of our upcoming live cuts and, again, hopefully our follow up sophomore studio project."

"The album starts out with a roaring rendition of the timeless classic "Drunken Sailor." Layered with acoustic and electric guitars, bodhran, drums, bass, and lots of vocals, it's a fitting prelude for what is to come. Eric lights up the recording with countless takes on his guitar, the driving force behind the song. (...)

Barnacles on the Hull, another original, has been a pretty popular song since its induction into the set list last year. Though there's been a few arrangements, this one proves the most endearing to me as it feels more so like a humorous sing along than an actual song taking itself seriously. (...)

We close the album with All Day Long. This is unanimously our favourite song we did. It's not technically reggae, though some moron will no doubt toss it into that category without much thought. It's actually an original song, believe it or not, and has nothing to do with anything we sung about before it. I think it works well at the end, bashing all things commerical, political, and popular. Tom Cruise makes a surprise appearance in there. So does Oprah. And no, I'm not singing their praises."

5) The Whiskey of the Damned (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.)

Eoin McCarthy - Guitar, Vocals
Blaine McQuinn - Fiddle, Bagpipes, Banjo, Vocals
Michael Favaro - Accordion, Mandolin, Piano
Tim McQuinn - Drums
Shawn Hoffman - Bass


"Craic agus Whiskey" (to be released soon)

To buy the album, contact the band. They have just uploaded new track to their MySpace page.

"The Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece Celtic influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. Located in Milwaukee WI, The Whiskey of the Damned are a fast rising group of talented musicians dedicated to playing high energy, raucous concerts filled with an unmistakable mixture of American and Irish rock. The band is currently recording their debut album and booking a full summer and fall tour, which even though the band is relatively new has already landed prime spots in festivals such as Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Manhattan Illinois Irish fest, and Milwaukee Irish Fest to name a few. Described as a mix of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and Flogging Molly you do not want to miss this act perform live.

Fronted by Eoin McCarthy and Blaine McQuinn, the show never stops. Eoin has been lucky enough to be in a host of other bands and shared bills with or opened for the likes of The Violent Femmes, Dropkick Murphys, Bucket Head, Van Hunt, Gin Blossoms, Dinosaur Jr., Soul Asylum, even Flyleaf. And has been featured in movies such as The Harley 100th on brand x films, The last Dispatch and acted in a pilot for ABC called “Playback”.

Blaine McQuinn is an accomplished fiddle player, banjo and bagpipe player. He has played the violin since the age of four equaling 18 years of experience. He was introduced to the art of fiddle playing at a young age as well. His primary outlet is Irish music but has played everything from blues to country, old time to bluegrass. Blaine has a knack for wanting to learn new instruments as well which include piano, banjo, saxophone, guitar and bagpipes. Blaine has played with many different groups over the years which include Odd End Out, The Groggers, the Gadjo Players, The Cathouse Drifters, and (This Is The) Squirrel Hunters. Blaine has played at such venues as The Milwaukee Irish, Summerfest, the Miramar Theater, and The Overture Center of Madison.

On bass guitar Mr. Shawn Hoffman, Shawn comes from the sleepy northern Milwaukee suburb of Port Washington. Inspired young by the generations Punk rock culture, he knew that music was his life. Although only joining the band late summer in 2009, Shawn is no stranger to working bands. Formerly in one of the Midwest’s premier touring pop/punk bands, He feels his only home is on the road in the back of a van. Shawn has shared the stage with suck acts as "Blindside," "The Starting Line, "The Morning After," "Ludo," and "Reliant K" just to name a few. He brings his influence and energy into a band that is already overflowing with charisma and musicianship. The energy he brings from the bass that makes your stomach feel tingly will leave you pumped wanting more, and wondering "does he need a stretcher."

From the small town of Delavan WI, Timothy (T.J.) McQuinn started his drumming career at a very young age. He first picked up drumsticks at 7, now 13years later he is the solid backbone of the band. From Ska bands in high school to the whiskeys back line he has amassed a punk folk style all his own. His excitement and energy help drive the live performance from beginning to end.

An amazingly talented musician, Michael Favaro is classically trained pianist who has taken up the accordion for this band. Michael began taking classical piano lessons at the age of eight and continues to study today. Entered into several State competitions and was awarded the highest honors. He is currently enrolled in the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. He continues studying the piano, taking both classical and jazz lessons."



CIRCLE J - Video "Roadtrip Asturias"

(E-Mail received from Remco, Circle J's drummer)

"We've posted a video shot at our release party, together with Bastards on Parade, last Saturday in Ekko, Utrecht, Holanda. The underlying song is Roadtrip Asturias, a song about our tour in Spain in 2008. Berto and Gonza from Skontra are singing a well!
This one has to become a big hit in Spain, of course ;-) "

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DROPKICK MURPHYS - Pre-Order "Live on Lansdowne"

(Taken from DKM's Mail-Out)


Dropkick Murphys latest release "Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA - Seven Shows, Six Nights" featuring a whole new collection of St Patrick's Day anthem will be available on Tuesday March 16th, 2010. You can order "Live On Lansdowne" direct from us through the DKM website. More details here;

The album will be available in three different formats;

+ Single CD package

+ Deluxe double disc package CD and DVD

+ Gatefold double disc green LP vinyl with bonus audio CD

As a special offer to our fans & friends pre-order your copy before midnight on March 15th & you will automatically go into a draw for some fantastic prizes. Your order must be placed through the DKM website before midnight on March 15th, 2010 to go into the running.

This is what you could get if you order your copy today:

+ A trip for 2 people to see Dropkick Murphys play live in Dublin at the Olympia Theater April 22, 2010. Trip includes round trip tickets & airport transfers for two people, plus two nights at U2's Clarence Hotel on The Liffey and of course two tickets and VIP backstage passes for the show at the Olympia.

+ A signed guitar signed by all the members of DKM.

+ A merch shopping spree, we'll give you $500 credit to spend at our online store.

+ And for our Boston area fans a $200 bar tab at McGreevy's, you pick the night & we'll buy the drinks.

+ Also all orders placed before midnight on Monday March 15th will receive a free download of a track from the album! The music file will be sent to the email address used to place the order for the album.

Order your copy now;

Limited edition autographed copies of the album are also available from Newbury Comics. Click here for more details;

BLEEDING HEARTS - February 2010 Newsletter

Latest Stuff

NEWSFLASH: Mr Mark ‘madfiddler’ Knight has committed himself to Bleeding Hearts and become a full-time member. What’s more, we plan to do some shows with Ewan too, so there will be 5 of us rocking out at some gigs! Welcome aboard boys!

That’s not all, as Mark has some pre-existing commitments he must honour and we respect that as good upstanding chaps – so, Lizzie (ex Blue Horses) will be joining us on fiddle from time to time too.

2010 looks exciting and quite mad dunit?! We is well chuffed!


I am going to have reflect these changes on our site but bear with me as I have 1 paid job, 2 volunteer jobs, a political career to run and a band to organise it might take a bit of time – but I will get there in the end. We plan some other changes to our online profile too which should see you being able to buy old albums online for download etc.

New Album Planned

We boys have been laying plans for 2010 and are preparing to go back in the rehearsal room to do some new tunes. I have a bagful of them so we’ll choose the best and then run with them. Hopefully, we can debut some of them in the second half of 2010 as we shake them down. Expect to see some scoffing at politics, some facing up to the big issues and some silliness too! We are the only REAL artists/band that does this stuff – all the others are pretenders to our throne! Yup, same old message, brand new delivery!

The plan is to record a new album “Folk & Glory” late 2010 for a 2011 release. It will be half full-on and half acoustic double album money permitting. We are still bankrupt presently hence the ‘money permitting’ bit!


Vote for something new in 2010, despite what the Tories say we are deffo not all in this together! Labour needs to re-discover socialism, the Libs have formed alliances with Tories in many local councils (yea the assholes)…….. And most important of all………. fuck the nazi’s - don’t vote BNP!

GIGS 2010

25 February: WABE, Danziger Str, Berlin, Germany

26 February: Killiwilly, Karl-Liebknecht Str 44, Leipzig, Germany

27 February: McMullers, Neusser Str 54, Linnich-Kofferen, Germany

1st May: Katie Fitzgeralds, Wollaston, Stourbridge, UK

30 May: Off The Tracks Festival, Donington, Leics, UK

19 June: Kunstof Friedrichsrode, In Friedrichsrode 14, Helbedundorf, Germany

16 July: Vogelwald Festival, Laimnau bei Tettnang, Germany

13 August: Folk Klub Venne, Haupstr 29, Venne (nr. Osnabruck), Germany

14 August: Shamrock Festival, Burg Waischenfeld, Waischenfeld, Germany

28 August: Burgfolk Festival, Mulheim, Germany

18 September: Alchemy Festival, Lincs, UK (full details tbc).


DIRTY FILTHY MUGS - New album "All Yobs In" out March 16th!

Dirty Filthy Mugs are releasing their debut album "All Yobs In" next March 16th.

Monday, February 22, 2010

THE DRUNK BUTCHERS - New album "Davanti a un bicchiere di vita"

The Italian band The Drunk Butchers has a new album, "Davanti a un bicchiere di vita".

Sunday, February 21, 2010

THE RIGHS - Full album credits for "Roses"

(Taken from the band's MySpace)

"....In order to save money on CD printing, we ended up not retaining enough space for full credits on song-writing and who sings what on what song. So here's some more details. This is meant to help potential reviewers as well as anyone curious about it.

1. "Double-Edged Sword" - Lyrics and music by Nate Williams, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
2. "You're Drunk You Limey Bastard!" - Lyrics and music by Jackson Smith, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Jackson Smith and Nate Williams.
3. "The Man With Nickel Plating Makes All The Rules" - Lyrics and music by Jackson Smith, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Jackson Smith.
4. "Two Cents" - Lyrics and music by Omid Nowrouzi, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Omid Nowrouzi.
5. "The Day Booze Saved Humanity" - Lyrics and music by Jackson Smith, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Jackson Smith, Nate Williams and Omid Nowrouzi.
6. "Poseidon's Wrath" - Lyrics and music by Nate Williams, Jackson Smith and John Slawson, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
7. "My Dear Molly" - Lyrics and music by Nate Williams, arranged by The Righs.
8. "A Dog Named Job" - Lyrics and music by Omid Nowrouzi, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Omid Nowrouzi.
9. "The Prisoner" - Lyrics and music by Nate Williams, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
10. "Mother Knows Best" - Lyrics and music by Omid Nowrouzi, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Omid Nowrouzi.
11. "And So It Goes" - Lyrics and music by Jackson Smith, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Alicia Williams and Nate Williams.
12. "The Sword That Broke The Demon's Back" - Lyrics and music by Jackson Smith, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Jackson Smith.
13. "The Valley (Billy's Song)" - Lyrics and music by Nate Williams, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
14. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" - Traditional, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
15. "Renunciator" - Lyrics and music by Omid Nowrouzi, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Omid Nowrouzi.
16. "What Good Is Death?" - Lyrics and music by Nate Williams, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
17. "A Moment of Silence"
18. "A Blessing" - Traditional, arranged by Nate Williams. Lead vocals by Nate Williams.
19. "Roses" - Lyrics and music by Jackson Smith, arranged by The Righs. Lead vocals by Jackson Smith.

Yeah, you can see how we couldn't fit all this onto that one little sheet of paper, huh?"

Saturday, February 20, 2010

THE RUMJACKS - "Sound as a Pound" (2009)

A lot of effort has been made by many bands to evolve the sound of Celtic Folk-Punk music. Newer and newer bands are seeking to stand out and do something different to be the next big thing. And more often than not, the steps taken to achieve this goal are taken from the most current development in the genre.

This is where the Rumjacks differ. Their E.P., Sound as a Pound, seems to have started over. By that I mean that it is almost as if the band looked at the scene and decided to go back to the early days of the genre’s development and take their steps from there. Not surprisingly, the music here is very reminiscent of The Pogues, with a dash or two of Roaring Jack. This is not just in instrumentation, (with the inclusion of accordion and tin whistle, alongside the standard rock three-piece of guitar, bass, and drums,) but also in song structure, melody, and lyrics. And the top-notch production assures that every element here is crystal-clear.

For a collection of serious-looking, tattooed, flat-cappers, the music presented on Sound as a Pound is not what I would have expected. The attitude is not a tough-guy, “in-your-face” assault, but an attitude that seems generally respectful of the music. The end result is a refreshing and familiar reminder as to why the whole Celtic Folk-Punk sound is as great as it is.

The Rumjacks’ E.P., Sound as a Pound recently made the Number 1 position in the Shite ‘n’ Onions Ten Best of 2009. Give it a listen and you’ll know why.

Review by Christopher P. Toler, THE Blathering Gommel




Friday, February 19, 2010


(Taken from the band's MYspace)

Street Dogs from Boston, MA (USA) are playing their only show in Austria at the Gerberei in Pinkafeld, Burgenland. Denny's Drive-In will be supporting them together with the great Liberation Service.

The date will be 24th April 2010!

For everyone who doesn't already know them: the frontman of the Street Dogs is a former member of the famous Dropkick Murphys from Boston, MA (USA).


ACROSS THE BORDER - Newsletter 01/2010

(Taken from the band's MySpace. Translation: Kinksmarkham)

Across the Border debut album „Hag Songs“ (1994) has been re-issued. The album is available since 22 January 2010 and can be purchased, for instance, from Amazon. The re-issue has a new front cover and one bonus track, a new version of “Can’t Love this Country Anymore” featuring ChaozeOne. The album can be bought directly from the band, the cost is 10,00 EUR + P&P.

Contact e-mail:

Apart from that, the band has been working on the mp3 shop. Soon it will be possible to buy the mp3 from their last CD “Loyalty”.

Finally, some gigs:

Date: Saturday 13 March 2010
Venue: Fabrik, Bruchsal (Germany)
Time: 20h00
Price: VVK 8,00 EUR / AK 10,00 EUR
Support-Band: The March Project

Date: Saturday 17 April 2010
Venue: Beatbaracke, Leonberg (Germany)
Time: 20h00
Price: 7,00 EUR

THE RIGHS - "Roses"

The Righs, (pronounced “RIGZ,”) have returned to confound those who would dare to describe them, with "Roses", the band’s second full-length release, (“full-length” and then some, actually, with over seventy minutes of music and 18 tracks!) since 2008’s eclectic “The Rivers Run Deep.”

This time around, the Oklahoma-based Righs continue to write their own rules and then, (based on the amount of departure from the norm included on this release,) promptly set out into breaking them.

In fact, The Righs are so set apart from other bands in the Celtic Folk Punk realm that a point of reference is not readily available. Even the term “Celtic” may not necessarily apply in same ways it does in other bands of the genre. On "Roses", it could describe some of the instrumentation, with the inclusion of the fiddle, and mandolin, but that is about all. The band seems fairly entrenched in a direction of its own, and possessive of its own compass.

The CD itself doesn’t have a weak moment on it (impressive considering the amount of material!) but does have a few tracks that stand out. And So It Goes is an immediately accessible song that grabs the listener immediately and doesn’t let go for an instant. It also features guest vocalist, Alicia Williams, a formidable set of pipes in her own right, sharing lead vocals duties.

Another track worthy of special mention is Two Cents, a song with enough mood and atmosphere to blur the line between music and horror movie,, with mandolinist, Omid Nowrouzi, twisting his voice into a banshee-esque wail, (that would make Marilyn Manson sleep with the lights on!) and the pervasive “nervous energy”-meandering of the over-caffeinated mandolin, providing tangible chills.

But it is The Man with Nickel-Plating Makes All the Rules, that is possibly my favorite track on "Roses". The song has a manic quality that is almost overwhelming at its start, but for some reason seems to best encapsulate The Righs sound for me.

As with their debut, The Righs are able to pull off a rough and ragged finish on some well written, well arranged and generally polished songs, giving the CD a close approximation to what the band’s live performances must be like.

I am not sure if it was an intentional attempt to carve out an identity, or to start a whole new style, but the The Righs have most definitely created a sound all their own with "Roses," albeit one that is almost impossible to accurately describe.

Highly recommended for repeated listenings.

Review by Christopher P. Toler, THE Blathering Gommel.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

PADDY'S FUNERAL - New album soon

The boys from the German Celtic punk band from Göttingen Paddy's Funeral are releasing their debut album next Saint Patrick's Day.

Jan - Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin/Bouzouki
Grischa - Guitar/ Backing vocals
Marvin - Drums
Sascha - Bass
Fiedler Knauf - Fiddle

For further information, please visit the band's Myspace:

CIRCLE J + BASTARDS ON PARADE - Gig in Utrecht, Februar 20th, 2010

Circle J + Bastards on Parade together this Saturday.

Circle J "Weekend Warriors" release party in Utrecht:

Date. Saturday, February 20th, 2010
Time: 20h30
Venue: Ekko, Bermuurde Weerd WZ 3, 3513 BH Utrecht, Netherlands

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BASTARDS ON PARADE - Gig in Kassel, Germany, February 19,2010

Bastards on Parade
will be playing on Friday 19th February in Kassel, Alemania, Germany,together with Kings and Boozers (former Lady Godiva).

Day: Friday February 19th, 2010
Time: 21h00 (dors open at 20h30)
Venue: K19, Moritzstrasse 19, 34125 Kassel, Germany

FIDDLER'S GREEN - Live at Musa 16 January 2009

01 - Sports Day Theme
02 - Life Full Of Pain
03 - Sporting Day
04 - Empty Pockets, Empty Fridge
05 - Folk's Not Dead
06 - Highland Road
07 - Bold O'Donahue
08 - Instrumental
09 - Change
10 - Drive Me Mad
11 - Instrumental
12 - Bottom Of Our Glass
13 - Captain Song
14 - Down By The Hillside
15 - Rose In The Heather
16 - The Night Pat Murphy Died
17 - This Old Man
18 - Once In A While
19 - Marie's Wedding
20 - The Rocky Road To Dublin
21 - Instrumental
22 - Mrs. McGrath
23 - Banter
24 - Shut Up And Dance
25 - The Creel
26 - Banter
27 - Bugger Off
28 - Encore Break
29 - Into The Sunset Again
30 - Rollin´
31 - Irish Air
32 - Bonnie Ship The Diamond
33 - Banter
34 - Blarney Roses

Fiddler’s Green is a German ‘Irish Independent Speedfolk’ band. Mixing traditional Irish/Scottish tunes with punk, rock, reggae and ska elements they earned an excellent reputation as a live act.

The band was formed in 1990. Their first concert under the name of Fiddlers Green was at the Newcomer-Festival in Erlangen in November 1990, where the band came second. The first album, entitled "Fiddler's Green", was released in 1992, and was a mixture of live and studio tracks and of traditional and self-written songs. It was released on their own label, Deaf Shepherd Recordings. The band has been signed to a major label, but chose to go back to being independent.

Fiddler's Green has kept up the mix of traditional Irish or Scottish songs and self-written tracks, though the self-written tracks have progressively become less and less folky. The band's influences are wide and varied, but obviously heavily influenced by Celtic rock bands like The Pogues, The Waterboys and Great Big Sea. Recent albums also see a clear influence from Gothic rock bands like Nine Inch Nails. Having enjoyed growing success in and around Germany, the band reached 1000 played concerts in 2004 (the only band member to play them all is bass player, Rainer Schulz), which was celebrated with a concert at Castle Hoheneck. This concert was filmed and released on two DVDs: "Celebrate!" and "Jubilate!" The concert saw participation from former band members and other guest musicians. Main lyric and music writer Peter Pathos left the band in summer 2006 and was replaced by Patrick 'Pat' Prziwara.

The band consists of:

Ralf ‘Albi’ Albers - Guitar, vocals, mandola
Tobi Heindl (Tobias Anton Heindl) - Fiddle
Rainer Schulz - Bass
Stefan Klug - Accordion, bodhrán
Frank Jooss - Drums, percussion
Patrick ‘Pat’ Prziwara - Guitar, vocals

Former members:

Dr. Robert Oppel (1990 - 1991) - Fiddle
Eric Obst (1990 - 1995) - Drums
Wolfram Kellner (1995 - 2000) -Drums
Tobias Rempe (1991 - 1995) - Fiddle
Tobias Schäfer (1995 - 2000) - Fiddle
Peter Pathos (Peter Müller) (1990 - 2006) - Guitar, whistle, mandola

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