Sunday, June 27, 2010

GARY MILLER - Videos


1) Gary Miller and the Volunteers "Twa Scotts Soldiers"Maltings, Berwick, 16.04.10





2) Gary Miller "Bold as Brass" , Neckartenzlingen Gymnasium 04.05.10





3) Gary Miller "Sisters of Mercy", Neckartenzlingen Gymnasium 04.05.10





4) Gary Miller "One Soldiers' Thoughts", Neckartenzlingen Gymnasium 04.05.10





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Saturday, June 26, 2010

GARY MILLER - "Reflections on War" (Whippet Records)


If you have downloaded our last sampler, you will know that Gary Miller (Whisky Priests) has recently released his solo album. This is the info that Gary has forwarded about his new project:

"After several unforeseen delays, my debut solo album ‘Reflections on War’ is soon to be officially released on Whippet Records (WPTCD22) the independent record label I set up in 1988 with my twin brother Glenn for Whisky Priests and related releases.

Reflections on War’ came out of my involvement with the community arts project of the same name at York Art Gallery, as part of the Territories Project for York Museums Trust in 2009. I facilitated a series of songwriting and poetry workshops, as I worked with a wonderful group of people in developing an exhibition based on war-themed art and memorabilia, aswell as personal recollections. I came to write a series of songs inspired by selections of artwork and memorabilia from the exhibition, alongside personal stories related to me by various workshop participants.

The full track listing is:

01 - Twa Scots Soldiers
02 - Bold as Brass
03 - Sister of Mercy
04 - Somewhere at the Front, Somewhere
05 - Grandpa Mill
06 - Battleships
07 - A Hospital Ship at Tobruk
08 - Yellow Bird
09 - Soldiers of the Lord
10 - One Soldier’s Thoughts

I am currently in the process of establishing a new professional official website for all my musical activities as ‘Gary Miller Songs’ at: www.garymillersongs.com (coming soon). This website will include a Whippet Records Shop Page for direct ordering of various Gary Miller, Whisky Priests and related CD’s.

In the meantime, I am now taking orders for ‘Reflections on War’. The only ways for me to do this at the moment are as follows:


1. UK orders can be made direct to me via a cheque for £12 (including P&P) made out to Gary Miller at Gary Miller Songs / Whippet Records, 29 The Green, Swinton, Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3JQ, Scotland UK.

2. Via Paypal (£12 or €15 or $22US or $23CA or $26AU or ¥2,000 per CD including P&P) as follows:

- Go to Paypal and log in
- insert the email address gary.miller3@virgin.net and fill in the total amount
(£12 or €15 or $22US or $23CA or $26AU or ¥2,000)
- click on the 'send money' tab at the top of the page
- click 'continue'
- before you send payment, scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill in details of your purchase(s)
in the box marked 'message'
- click the 'send money' button and I will send your order as soon as I get confirmation"
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

FREE DOWNLOADS - The Rummies STHML


Almost 70 songs free for download at www.rummies.se

All the songs are available to be downloaded under the FTAA License.

The Rummies is a swedish punkrock and/or rock and/or folkmusic act sprung out of bands like [sic], Mansic and Hate Is Just A Feeling. The history makes the future but even more important; The Rummies is more punkrock than ever, more folk than ever and hungry as hell!

All the tunes are written by the band with influences in everything from old school punkrock, irish and swedish folkmusic, old shantys and other cool shit. In the material can interpretations of swedish poets be found and small musical winks are added just for the fun of it.

Marc
Nixx of the band. You might find him naked in a stream before you know it, fiddling anarchy in the u.k. Former violin of Två Fisk & En Fläsk and guitarhero in Nepente. Started in [sic] for the Poland tour and has been stuck since.

Nick
This is where the spotlight aims, or maybe the other way around. With a history in the 80's punkrock scene and bands like Sighstens Grannar and Nepente. Formed [sic] together with Mick.

Mick
This hooligan from Roslagen threatens the audience when they are to close. Started up [sic] together with Nick and after a short break also hung with Mansic and Hate is Just a Feeling.

Rats
This rat has no wit leaving a ship about to sink. Rat has his history with Nick and bands like Nepente and other strange acts . Has been working in different pop projects and as singer-songwriter. Started as drummer for Hate is Just a Feeling.


DOWNLOAD:

http://rummies.se/?p=music2.php
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THE MAHONES - Song featured in upcoming film




The Mahones can officially confirm that one of their songs will be featured in the upcoming film "The Fighter", starring Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) and Christian Bale (Batman)
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Monday, June 21, 2010

FIRE IN THE PUB - Sampler June 2010


01 - GARY MILLER - Twa Scotts Soldiers (from "Reflections on War") 4:26

02 - THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY - No Rest for the Wicked (Demo) 3:14
03 - THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY - Mandall Ave. (Demo) 2:43
04 - THE RUMMIES - If it Wasn't for Charlotte (Rough Mix 2010) 2:31
05 - THE RUMMIES - Punkrock Show (Rough Mix 2010) 2:23
06 - THE RUMMIES - Whale Island Shanty (Rough Mix 2010) 5:23
07 - THE RUMMIES - No Clue-Live (Rough Mix 2010) 2:59
08 - THE RUMMIES - Ginger Lady (Rough Mix 2010) 3:24
09 - DIRTY ARTICHOKES - Brighi's March (from "The Perfect Irish Boy" Demo) 1:13
10 - DIRTY ARTICHOKES - Feet in the Mud (from "The Perfect Irish Boy" Demo) 2:38
11 - DIRTY ARTICHOKES - I Pay with Vomit (from "The Perfect Irish Boy" Demo) 3:39
12 - DIRTY ARTICHOKES - Worms Society (from "The Perfect Irish Boy" Demo) 3:22
13 - THE VANDON ARMS - Tell Me Ma (from "Health to the Company") 1:31
14 - THE VANDON ARMS - Blaydon Races (from "The Sent-Off EP" 2:59
15 - THE ANGELMAKERS - The Die Song (from "American Eyes") 2:28

Track 1: Gary Miller
Tracks 2-3: The Ramshackle Army
Tracks 4-8: The Rummies. Distributed under FTAA License
Tracks 9-12: Gabriele Bunino
Tracks 13-14: Traditional, arr. The Vandon Arms
Track 15: Buz



1) Gary Miller (England)

www.myspace.com/garymillersongs

Who is Gary Miller? Gary was 50% of the Whisky Priests (the other half was his twin brother Glenn). Fortunately Gary is back with his solo album. IMHO, Gary Miller (Whisky Priests) and Paul Simmonds (The Men They Couldn't Hang) together with Billy Bragg are the best English songwriters.

"In 2002 The Whisky Priests officially ended (although throughout 2003 and 2004, due to demand, the band reunited for a handful of festival appearances but there have been no further shows since then) because at that time my twin brother Glenn and I were both utterly burnt out physically, mentally and emotionally from the whole 17-year experience. We had been screwed by management, record companies, fellow musicians and the whole dirty business of the music industry and felt it was time to move on in our personal lives at that time and focus on our families. Unfortunately, the band just kind of drifted along for the last year of its life and then unceremoniously ‘fizzled’ out without any kind of fanfare or warranted farewell tour. It would have been great to go out in ‘a blaze of glory’ but this was not to be and has seemingly led to all sorts of dramatic conspiracy theories amongst the more diehard elements of our loyal fan base. So, sorry guys but it’s really simple; we just called it a day and moved on. Glenn put his accordions back in their cases, stowed them in his loft to collect dust and made the wise decision to get on with his life outside of the music industry and since then he has successfully followed a non-musical path.

In the meantime, I went through a major upheaval in my personal life and a long period of illness. As a result I lost all desire to perform live or record music professionally but my inbuilt creative impulses meant I could not escape music totally. Here are some examples of what I was up to during my ‘wilderness years’ …

In 2002 I re-established my creative links with Keith Armstrong www.myspace.com/keitharmstrongjinglinggeordie (my long-time friend and poet whose lyrics the Whisky Priests set to song for the band’s 1995 album ‘Bleeding Sketches’) and wrote an epic song cycle for a project we worked on together called ‘Mad Martins’ about the notorious Martin Brothers of 18th Century Tynedale; William (the self-styled "philosophical conqueror of all nations"), Jonathan ("the notorious incendiary" of York Minster), John (internationally renowned painter). Unfortunately, my illness at the time prevented further development of this project. I hope one day that these songs can finally be recorded for CD and that the project can be revived. I still continue collaborating with Keith. We have toured Germany and the Netherlands regularly together in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010, with further trips planned to both these countries aswell as a trip to Ireland in 2010. We have also worked on songs together for a project about the life of the 18th Century radical thinker Thomas Spence of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

In 2003 I became proactively involved as a community musician for the first time leading me to work on a wide variety of songwriting projects for a wide mix of organizations throughout different parts of the UK.

In 2003-04, after 6 months living in Durham, I lived in East Yorkshire, in Pocklington and Beverley, and worked as a music agent for Adastra (“the UK’s largest Folk, Roots and World Music Agency”). I also led various songwriting projects in the local community.

Between 2004 and 2006 I lived in York, where I worked as a part-time music industry tutor at York College attempting to help would be future rock stars avoid all the pitfalls I had fallen into (!). I also developed, instigated and led a number of songwriting projects throughout the local community in York and as a management committee member helped to establish a new arts & community centre in the city.

In 2005 I recorded an album (‘Stand Fast, Stand Steady’, Whippet Records WPTCD21) in Germany with German accordionist Ralf Weihrauch (my friend and ex-Whisky Priests agent for Germany). We toured Germany as a duo in 2005 in support of the album’s release. But it was the wrong thing at the wrong time for me. I simply was not ready for it and I was unable to give it my best shot. The album fitted in with Ralf’s vision more than mine as I was too ill in hindsight to give it my full attention. Check out Ralf’s official website at: www.ralfweihrauch.de

I relocated to the Scottish Borders in 2007 for major personal reasons. Since then I have worked on various community-based songwriting projects aswell as other forms of community work and am an active management committee member and regular workshop leader with an artists network in Berwick-upon-Tweed called ‘Think Make Grow Ltd’ www.thinkmakegrow.co.uk based at the Maltings Theatre and Arts Centre.

In 2009 I felt that I had finally put my long illness behind me and was at last able to move my life forward more constructively and creatively. I figured it was time to ‘come in from the wilderness’.

Also in 2009 I was involved with the community arts project ‘Reflections on War’ at York Art Gallery, as part of the Territories Project for York Museums Trust in 2009. I facilitated a series of songwriting and poetry workshops, as I worked with a wonderful group of people in developing an exhibition based on war-themed art and memorabilia, aswell as personal recollections. I came to write a series of songs inspired by selections of artwork and memorabilia from the exhibition, alongside personal stories related to me by various workshop participants. The opportunity was there to record the songs for a CD.

Around that time I made a great new friend in Iain Petrie www.myspace.com/iainpetriemusic. I invited Iain to produce the songs I had written for the ‘Reflections on War’ project. He came on board and not only produced but played many of the instruments on the album, and brought in some great additional musicians, including his brother Ali on keyboards, and his mother Barbara on lead vocals on one of the songs, all adding greatly to the overall flavour. The recording exceeded my initial expectations and convinced me to release it commercially and with Iain’s encouragement, I realised I was ready to step back into live performance again. Everything had finally come full circle.

The CD came to be recorded under very difficult personal circumstances and at times I wondered if it would ever be completed. But it was and it has become my debut solo album release on Whippet Records (WPTCD22) entitled ‘Gary Miller – Reflections on War’ and is hopefully my first stepping-stone back into recording and performing professionally again. It’s exciting, daunting and overwhelming all at the same time.

Where it will all lead – who knows?"

Gary Miller - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolins, etc

Additional musicians:

Iain Petrie - Various Instruments
Ali Petrie - Keyboards
Graeme Kennedy - Brass on "Bold as Brass"
Barbara Petrie - Lead Vocals on "Grandpa Mill"
Arthur Cross - Tin Whistle on "Twa Scott Soldiers"
Rachel Cross - Fiddle, Vocals on "Twa Scott Soldiers"
Sheila Cross - Vocals on "Twa Scott Soldiers"

Discography:

The Whisky Priests: Full discography
Gary Miller & Ralf Weihrauch "Stand Fast, Stand Steady" (12 tracks,2005)
Gary Miller "Reflections on War" ( 10 tracks, 2010)


2) The Ramshackle Army (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

www.theramshacklearmy.com

www.myspace.com/theramshacklearmy

www.triplejunearthed.com/theramshacklearmy


The Ramshackle Army comes from the ashes of The Hornswagglers.

"Six Plastic Paddies walk into a pub… “What is this? A joke?” but alas this is nothing which will tickle your funny bone. This is the story of a band…a band which aims not for the funny bone but to shoot straight for other sensitive and often private areas of your person.

The Ramshackle Army as they shall hence forth be known have come to provide Celtic infused Punk Rock sustenance to an undernourished but thirsty audience. Armed with more 4 stringed instruments than 6, the Shacklers have come to deliver a service. That is, to provide an outlet for all those drunken bums who wish nothing more than to sing loud with mates even when they have no idea about the lyrics. Music designed to bring listeners out of the cold, shout “whoa whoa!” to the heavens and yell at the guy next to them that “it’s your round!”

From the bleak backstreets of ol' Melbourne town, the band have been furiously working behind the scenes to build up a fearsome reputation without even having graced the stage! Having recently recorded their demo at 3 Phase Studios with Samuel J Johnson (Awayfromnow, A Death in The Family, Horsell Common, Mindsnare etc) the Ramshackle crew are raring to take their love of music and good times on the road and to the pub.

Formed in 2010, all members have served hard time in many other notorious local outfits (The Hornswagglers, MDK, Catgut Mary, Lach Sparrer, Ol' Man Gaz's Good Time Folk Emporium, Jigger and the Juggernauts) that have covered the length and breadth of this nation. This has led to the Ramshackles citing influence not only though Australia's rich and diverse music heritage but also from the dark, brooding power of The Dubliners; the gritty punk of Rancid; the drunken poetic debauchery of Shane McGowan; and the raw emotion and heart-wrenching stories of our own distinct Celtic backgrounds.

This raw and energetic sound can be heard in the combination of the banjo, mandolin and fiddle which drive layers of melody over a fast and furious backline, the result of which give the feel of traditional jigs force-fed dynamic, punch in the face, edge. The Ramshackle Army aim to add their own unique ingredients to the punk rock cocktail, while still maintaining the high energy DIY punk spirit and the meaningfulness of folk to give the punters a once in a lifetime experience of pure musical mayhem… unless you see them more than once of course.

Now enough with the wankery… I’m pretty sure it’s your round."


Gaz - Vocals
Kat - Fiddle
Jig - Bass
Nathan - Guitar
Adrian - Drums
Loc - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo

Discography:

"Demo" (2010)


3) The Rummies STHLM (Stockholm, Sweden)

www.rummies.se

www.myspace.com/rummiesmusic

Do you remember Hate is Just a Feeling? They were featured last year on the Swedish bands sampler. Now they are The Rummies.

"The Rummies STHLM are throwing party and fun with its folkmusic - punkrock mix. The band comes from Mansic / Hate Is Just A Feeling and have, on several occasions made tours in europe. Now we're looking for gigs all over for the summer and autumn of 2010.

Listen to our material and book us today. We love out music and we love to play. The band has a history in the 80's swedish punkscene and bands like "Sigstens Grannar" (the members later started "Nepente" and "De Lyckliga Kompisarna") and folkmusic bands like "Två Fisk & En Fläsk".

The Rummies Stockholm want to create a reason to dance, scream and have fun. We're happy if our audience is.

The Rummies STHLM is fróm Stockholm, Sweden. The band actually started as [sic] in 1999 and have changed name a couple of times to Mansic and Hate Is Just A Feeling. The band have toured europe several times and released records in Sweden, Portugal and USA. They changed name to The Rummies STHLM after a decision to give folkmusic even more focus in their punkrock."

Nick- Guitar and lead vocals
Mick - Bass
Marc - Violin
Rats - Drums and vocals

Discography:

"Everyday is a Tragedy" (12 track album, 2003 as "Mansic")
"Punk Rock Paperdoll" (as "Mansic)
"Beautygone" (album as "Mansic")
"The Road to Kingdom Come" (12 tracks, 2007 as "Hate is Just a Feeling")
"Land of Glory" (4 track Vynil EP, 2008 as "Hate is Just a Feeling")
"Rough Mixes (2010)



4) Dirty Artichokes (Italy)

www.myspace.com/dirtyartichokesband

Dirty Artichokes are a young Celtic punk band from Italy. Enjoy the tracks from their demo!

Gabriele (Budo) - Lead Vocals
Davide (Dade) - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, Background Vocals
Martina - Fiddle, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Horn
Mattia (Tio) - Drums, Frying Pan
Michela (Brighela) - Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Cymba
Alice (Pave) - Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marco - Bass, Euphonium
Andrei - Electric guitar

Discography:

"The Perfect Irish Boy" (5 track Demo, 2010)



5) The Vandom Arms (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

www.thevandonarms.com

www.myspace.com/thevandonarms

www.reverbnation.com/thevandonarms

www.purevolume.com/thevandonarms

"The Vandon Arms are a Celtic Punk band out of the heartland of America.

We are a punk band... We started the band to get free beer.

We've played with the likes of The Tossers, Reel Big Fish, The Unseen, Angel City Outcasts, Flatfoot 56, The Quakes, Agent Orange, The Toasters, and Westbound Train, just to name a few...

We've just finished up 'Down the Boozer' for the upcoming tribute CD for legendary celtic punk band The Mahones."

Buz - Mandolin
Clint - Guitar
Elliot - Bass
Hutch - Drums
Craig

"Loosers and Boozers" (6 track EP, 2006)
"Health to the Company" (8 track EP, 2008)
"Live and Worse than Ever" (2009)
"The Sent-off EP" (2010)


6) The Angelmakers (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

www.myspace.com/theangelmakers

"The Angelmakers are a midwest folk rock band with stuck-in-your-brain-melodies and dark lyrical twists. With songs influenced by life, love, death, alcohol, and infamous serial killers, their debut full length, American Eyes, will not disappoint those who are fans of The Pogues, The Tossers, or Pete Seeger. This unique sound comes deep from the underbelly of America 's heartland in a sexfilled marriage of Celtic folk, bluegrass, and Americana, and will leave you with a lit cigarette and a smile. Lead by the frontman of celtic punk rock band, The Vandon Arms, Buz and The Angelmakers are unappologetic for their raw, yet charming sound. One listen and you too willing be singing the die song..."


Buz - Vocals, Mandolin
Albert Fish - Accordion, Concertina, Melodica
Keith Hunter Jesperson - Banjo
Belle Gunness - Tin Whistle
Dennis Rader - Guitar
Herb Mullin - Bass
Randy Kraft - Drums
H.H. Holmes - Tamborine

"American Eyes" (11 tracks, 2009)

(Click to buy the mp3 from Amazon)


DOWNLOAD:

www.mediafire.com/?w5jlw5owydy


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

VIDEOS - FIGGY DUFF


Figgy Duff was a Celtic rock band from Newfoundland (Canada) that released four albums between 1980 and 1993. I have enjoyed particularly their self titled album and the follow-up, "After the Tempest".

This is the biography of the band written by Pamela Morgan (Lead vocals) in 1995:


"The 1970's heralded an era of newfound discovery and pride in Newfoundland culture and identity. The Folklore department at M.U.N. was thriving, people stopped being ashamed of the way they spoke, and rebelled against the newfie joke. We were in sync with a roots movement all over the world, as people began to look inward to their own people for inspiration.

Noel Dinn, who had defied all odds and led his 60's rock band, Lukey's Boat, from Newfoundland to Montreal, on to London England, now began to assemble a group of musicians to carry on his vision of greatness, a band that would mingle his incredible powerful rock drumming with the music of the people. This group became Figgy Duff.

But our source of uniqueness and strength was also our obstacle. There was no music industry on this windswept island in the North Atlantic in the 60's and 70's. The energy, courage and determination it took to blaze the Celtic trail across Canada and abroad in the 1970's is utterly astonishing.

In the very early years we traveled what seemed like every square inch of Newfoundland, seeking songs and music from people. We played community halls, clubs, festivals, kitchens, full houses, empty houses, to audiences indifferent, hostile, enraptured. In St. John's we were eyed with suspicion by the folklore set who were re-discovering their uncle's oil skins and boots and cape-anns battened down. We favored velvet and lace, and were vegetarians who smelled strongly of garlic and had a taste of poetry and copious amounts of fine wine. I remember a maze of diner parties with songs, music, laughter, and discussions far into the night of Blake & Yeats and Newfoundland nationalism, with Neil, Nelson, Genevieve, John, Patricia, Anita, Mike, Peter & more. Some of the folk purists were downright outraged that their precious folk music was being tampered with by long haired "urban intellectuals" using drums and amps. But in those years we were measured our success by the joy we brought to the people from whom we learned the music - who instinctively understood that you can't cram a delicate and beautiful modal melody into a three-chord country format.

The road became a way of life. We thought nothing then of picking up and hopping aboard the old Chevy van, perched on and between P.A. speakers, and driving to Toronto and beyond, gone for months on end, picking up gigs as we went. We crisscrossed Canada more times than I care to remember, sometimes on organized, well-paid tours, but more often on a wing and a prayer.

In later years we began to turn our attention more to original music. Noel in particular needed more forms of expression - his poetry and original music were crying for a voice. Times got hard - the record industry was unkind to us. The traditional players fell away to pursue their own interests - Dave formed Rawlins Cross and Kelly and Frank The Plankerdown Band and on July 26, 1993, Noel Dinn passed away. But not before he had accomplished more in his 45 years then most do in a lifetime. In the last two years of his life he produced three albums with ex-members and close friends of The Duff - the exquisite "Color of Amber", the joyful and spirited "Vive La Rose" and the dark and poignant "Downstream".

Pamela Morgan, Topsail Nfld., February 1995"


The following videos can be found at YouTube:


Tarry Trousers





Weather Out the Storm





Woman of Labrador





Freedom





Some audio tracks are available at the band's page:


www.ambermusic.ca/artist_figgyduff.htm


I have put them together at mediafire, including other info about the band.


DOWNLOAD:


www.mediafire.com/?mmommrdywnu
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Friday, June 18, 2010

BOOTLEG : THE CROFTERS



The Crofters were a band from Glengarry (Canada) founded by the bothers McIntosh, Ewen and Stephen, who have played in bands such as The Glengarry Bhoys, The Peelers and The Mahones.

This Recording of Independent Origin includes some tracks that were available at their website: two tracks at a radio show, one track live and one demo track.


"The Crofters were a trapeze act. Widely regarded as one of the hardest working bands in Eastern Ontario, the group played too hard, drove too hard, lived too hard, and ultimately fell from the heights they so quickly scaled. The latest release “It Was Easier When We Were Kids” is a reflection from the band’s founder and principal Ewen McIntosh on the years spent scrambling blindly towards fame and fortune.

“It came as no surprise to many that the Crofters have come to where they are today.” says Ewen, “I started the band so I could play my songs live, but it all changed. It really was easier when we were kids. It just became too difficult to move forward, and we could all see our impending stratification.” Currently facing a lineup re-tool and two albums’ worth of material gathering dust, the Crofters are a skeleton screw not unlike their early days.

The idea to start the Crofters began in 1997, when brothers Ewen and Stephen McIntosh began to explore and push the limits of the traditional Scottish tunes passed down to them through a long ancestry of Glengarry musicians.

In 1998 Ewen offered his services to well known Celtic performers ‘The Glengarry Bhoys,' and played bass with them for three years. During that time he traveled much of the U.S. and Canada, performed on their third release 'The Gathering' and provided musical direction as co-producer on their fourth record 'Exile.' His yearning to share music on his own terms grew over time, eventually marking a part with the Bhoys to pursue his own creative aspirations. With a basement studio, much coffee and little sleep, Ewen self-recorded 'Unit no. 1'. This first solo effort is a collection of original songs and a few traditional tunes; all of the instruments on the recording were played and mixed by Ewen, thus achieving a truly 'solo' work.

Stephen, meanwhile, had been playing bass, mandolin, tin whistle and bagpipes with celto-ska-punkers 'The Peelers,' and had shared the stage with many Celtic acts, notably as support for the Mahones on the Eastern leg of their Canadian tour. Both Stephen and Ewen have played on various Peelers recordings.

After having gained much experience both on the road and in the studio, Ewen formed the Crofters in early 2002. He recruited obvious-foundational member Stephen to handle the challenges of a mulit-instrumentalist role. They recruited long-time friend (there's baby pictures to prove it) William McKiver to play drums and Jeff Dewar for bass duties.

With this preliminary lineup, The Crofters quickly tore up the Canadian bar scene with their reckless renditions of traditional Celtic tunes. Shortly after their first summer, the band added Kenton McBean to their roster to help cope with Stephen's absence (both Ewen and Stephen bore full-time university schedules at the time). Throughout the fall of 2002 and spring of 2003 the band's reach grew, leading to longer road trips and extended days away from home.

Stephen’s return from school in the spring marked Kenton’s departure and the band began a more fervent tour schedule as well as rehearsals for their next album. One late night in Fredricton, New Brunswick, the band overheard some testosterone-laden bravado that became the title of the record: Hold My Beer While I Kiss Your Girlfriend. Armed with such a catchy (if not cheeky) title, the band’s release went on to sell over 2000 copies worldwide. Their version of “Scotland the Brave” is rated as one of the most popular selections on Apples’ Itunes.

Everything seemed to be looking up for The Crofters, but the band caught a number of snags shortly thereafter. Ewen and Stephen lost their father, Donald, to lymphoma on September 30th. The fall was tough; Ewen had previously signed on to play tours with Universal Music’s “The Mahones” on both their Canadian and European tours. After the brothers’ loss and Ewen’s grueling tours, the Crofters had trouble returning to the party antics for which they had become known. This change also brought to light more subversive problems plaguing the band. The Crofters were no longer a vehicle for Ewen’s music, and the expectations for the band became scattered.

The band soldiered on into 2004 armed with a new record, a new van and a hundred thousand kilometers of tour dates. Their popularity grew over the spring, and by summer of ’04, the band was playing sold-out shows at home and abroad. While they enjoyed the benefits of their success, the blank stares on the faces of both leader and bandmates during performances told otherwise.
Pushed to grow their faithful fanbase, the group toured the US in the fall of 2004. After a successful tour, the band tried to go into the studio to complete their first full-band recording (prior to this Ewen did most of the studio work). After some efforts the record was mothballed. Thinking that touring would reignite some enthusiasm, Ewen steered the band back into the road for 2005.

The pattern of growth continued in 2005; the boys played to thousands across the countryside and continued to spread their name. They found themselves on Ottawa and Kingston radio stations, as well as interest from major-label distributors. The overt incline did not balance the inner decline, however, and Ewen decided to end the cycle by July. Chris Benton and Willie McKiver started the now-popular “Casting Fadora.” Ewen went into his home studio and recorded “It Was Easier When We Were Kids” in the fall and released the album in the dying days of 2005.

The original members- Ewen, Stephen, Jeff and Willie- got together to play a New Years Eve show at D’Arcy McGee’s in Ottawa. The 250-seat show was a sold out affair. The band played a full night from 10pm ‘till 1am, and covered their entire 80-plus song catalogue as well as selections from the new album.

Currently Ewen is writing new music that will build the basis for the new incarnation of The Crofters. Jeff and Steve hang around, eat chips, and nod in approval."

Discography:

"Hold My Beer While I Kiss Your Girlfriend" (10 tracks, 2003)

"It Was easier When We Were Kids" (13 tracks, 2005)


(click on the title to purchase the CDs from CDBaby)



www.ewenmcintosh.com/2005.htm (The Crofters' website)



"About 120 nights a year, Ewen plays mandolin and bass in a bunch of Folk and Celtic bands in Eastern Ontario and from time-to-time writes and records his own songs and then plays them live.

A while back he played bass for Terry Woods and Phil Chevron of The Pogues and toured Europe and Canada with The Mahones. Before that he toured a couple times across the US with The Peelers and The Glengarry Bhoys.

Ewen founded The Crofters, a band that logged in about 330 nights across Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Seaboard of America. They made two records, one of which was written and recorded entirely by Ewen.

During the day he teaches kids to play better than what he can muster from his lead hands as a high school music teacher. "


http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Ewen-McIntosh


DOWNLOAD:

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

FEATURED BAND - FLEUR MAINVILLE


At the left side there is a Reverbnation widget. This month's artist is Fleur Mainville, a Canadian fiddler who was a member of the sadly defunct Celtic rock band MacKeel.

"Fleur began playing the violin at the age of 5. Her love of music at such a young age led her to study classical violin for 10 years under the instruction of Peter Dunn of Halifax Nova Scotia. She continued her passion for classical music by also taking piano and voice training. She participated in the Pictou Academy Junior and Senior High School Band, playing both the flute and percussion. Fleur then joined the HeatherBell's Girls Pipes and Drums band where she was a touring member and at a young age represented the group and traveled to Ontario to play for the Queen of England and then to the United States to represent Nova Scotia's traditional style of music.

At the age of 14 she began playing at local pubs within Pictou County with local talents such as John Spyder MacDonald and Dave Gunning. She quickly became a local favorite and began playing for fiddle matinees for "standing room only" audiences.

In 1996 she won the Overall High Score Awards for the River John Fiddling Competition and Pictou North Colchester Exhibition Fiddling Competition.

Before graduating from Pictou Academy as Valedictorian of her class she became the 6th member of Pictou County's celtic rock group MacKeel. She played the acoustic fiddle as well as a five string yellow electric Vector violin. Contributing with background vocals, her energetic stage performances allowed her to tour all over North America with the sensational music group.

With the release of MacKeel's debut CD Plaid, the group was nominated for two East Coast Music Awards and in 1996 Plaid was given the title by Sam the Record Man as the highest independent selling CD in the Maritimes. Joining the management team of Jones' and Co. in 1998, they received an A&M record deal with Turtle Music Records. MacKeel is still credited with taking Celtic music to the next level. Their performances included sharing the stage with such artists as The Bare Naked Ladies, Junk House, Great Big Sea, Tea Party, The Irish Descendents, Rawlin's Cross, Natalie MacMaster, Leahy, The Mahon's (sic), Seven Nations, The Tragically Hip, Crash Test Dummies, Ashley MacIsaac, Honeymoon Suite, Barney Bental, Glass Tiger, The Rankin Family, Mary Jane Lamond, Clandestine and The Barra MacNeil's to name a few.

In 1999 they secured a record deal in the United States and then a publishing deal with Belmure publishing. MacKeel performed on Canada AM, The Dini Petty Show, Mike Bullard, Much Music and more. The album Plaid was re-released and the music video for "Star of the County Down" did well on rotation on both Much Music and CMT. "Heaved Away" was also used during two episodes of Dawson's Creek and the band's popularity grew to a large fan base in the United States. In 2002 the band parted ways and Fleur Mainville began her solo career. Her debut independent CD Finding Treasures was recorded by Dave Gunning in the Wee House of Music. Her fan base has grown to include followers from all over the world. She has toured with many groups and continues to perform as a solo artist and as a contributing musician with groups such as Dave Gunning, Steve Bower's, Kilt, The Stadacona Band, George Canyon.... and has provided her talent to many recording artists such as Dave Gunning, John Spyder MacDonald, Maurice Poirier, Steve Bowers, Rudy, and others. She has continued to share the stage with many artists and is in high demand as a performer who can play in many different styles and with a flare on stage that demands attention and recognition.

She was asked to perform as a special guest at the 2004 Maritime Fiddling Competition, performs at the Decoste Center in Pictou and the Pictou Lodge on a regular basis and at many of the Pictou County and Maritime Festivals. She currently has numerous violin students and has begun fiddle programs at most of the local elementary schools. She is credited to having helped in the resurgence of traditional music in Pictou County.

Her second CD, It's About Time, released in 2006, was recorded by Georges Hebert at the Music Room it is a live off the floor recording full of high spirited energy and wonderful acoustics.

In November 2008, Fleur released the anticipated Christmas recording, Fleurries, featuring some of her favourite traditional Christmas songs with some of her favourite Pictou County musicians.

Fleur was nominated for the 2008 Rock Star Award for the Pictou County Tourist Association and was a feature performer in showcases and in the finale of the Nova Scotia Music Week Gala Awards Show with George Canyon and Dave Gunning in November 2008. She is the third member of the newest female trio to come out of Pictou County, Ferrona. Sandra DeCoste-MacMaster and Lynn DeCoste have an eclectic, folk rock sound with original compositions and are performing around Nova Scotia. Fleur can also be found performing with her long time friend, Ashley George, a member of the rock band Beyond Ash, who is currently working on his solo project. For an evening of maritime fiddle music and fine dining, you can also enjoy Fleur at Hebel's Restaurant in New Glasgow, most Friday evenings.

Her original tunes are now being used by HBO and by other fiddlers from all over. Her latest project "My Rare One", with the release date set for the end of September 2009, promises to be a loud and rockin' Celtic album. With long time friend Ashley George playing electric guitar, Dan Baird playing bass along with Dale Wilson on drums this album is going to kick some celtic rock! It was recorded at St. Cecilia's studio in Halifax NS by Hayward Parrott who worked with Mainville during her MacKeel days. He produced their only album "Plaid". Mainville's up coming album "My Rare One" promises to follow in their roots. With loud instrumentals and some great traditional songs. This album is going to make some noise." (biography taken from her websites)

Fleur Mainville - lead vocals, acoustic/electric fiddle, tin whistle
Ashley George - electric guitar
Dan Baird - bass,
Dale Wilson - drums


www.fleurmainville.ca

www.myspace.com/fleurmainville

www.reverbnation.com/fleurmainville


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

THE SHAMROCK - "Novi Dom" Video


The Shamrock new video, "Novi Dom"







The Shamrock -- Novi Dom (New Home) [2010]

www.myspace.com/shamrocklovran

www.theshamrockofficial.com


NOVI DOM (NEW HOME)

Boney was a warrior
away - ay -- ah,
A warrior and a terrior
John Fran Swor!

Spavao je tiho u milom domu svom,
čekao je sunce da obasja njegov dom.
Granulo je ono al' sve čudno je bilo
nije to ni slično onom što mu je se snilo.

Sve je bilo pusto, nestala je šuma,
ostala praznina, nema niti ptice.
Gdjegod da je krenuo, kud god da je prošao,
nije našao mjesta zbog kojeg je pošao.

REF:

SAMOĆA MU JE SRCE STEGLA, OSTAO JE SAM,
BEZ SVOGA DOMA OSTARIT ĆE ZNA.
U PIVU JEDINU UTJEHU PRONAŠAO JE ON
I SJEĆANJU NA LIVADE, NJEGOV JEDINI DOM!

Našao je novu šumu i bila mu je lijepa,
poznavao ju je kao svoju maramu iz džepa,
ipak bila mu je strana nepoznata divljina
ni slična onoj doma gdje se zeleni djetelina.

Kratko bio je tamo, već počeo je piti,
svake noći pod mjesečinom gorke suze liti.
Jer falilo mu nešto u toj šumi dalekoj
i u livadi stranoj, tužnoj, bezbojnoj.

REF.

Tužan svaki dan, a utjehe nema,
šuma njegova mu fali, ali se nikome ne žali.
Stisnuti će zube, krenuti će dalje,
možda novu šumu opet sebi nađe.

Ali šume takve samo, samo jednom ima,
koja je zelena i kad oživi zima.
Umoran je bio, i legao je da spava,
al ne probudi se više, nastupila je tama.

REF.

Lalala lalalala lalalala lalaaaaa,
lalala lalalala lala lala lalaaaaa.
Lalala lalalala lalalala lalaaaaa,
lalala lalalala lala lala lalaaaaa!!

Boney was a warrior
away - ay -- ah....
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SIR REG needs your help


We need your help! Keyboardist or mandolin/banjo/whistle player needed for our upcoming European tours.

Mail us if interested.

Cheers!

SIR REG

sir.reg.band@gmail.com
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

HELP COMO LAKE ROVERS

If you enjoy the Italian band Como Lake Rovers music, please help them and vote for his song here:


http://www.musicainretecomo.com/Cercoband/Canzoni.aspx?id=10


You can vote only one vote per day.

Thank you for your support to the European Celtic punk scene!
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THE PUGS - New EP "Barnburner" Out Soon!


The Pugs EP launch! Featuring our favourite Brisbane acts - Sled, The Flangipanis & Dead Arm.

Date: Saturday June 19th, 2010 at 20h00
Venue: Fat Louie’s, Albert St, Brisbane, Queensland 4000
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

BOOTLEG: THE RUFFIANS


This bootleg features songs recorded in different venues and years. It is not the album that the band recorded at CBGB in New York City.

"The Ruffians are a NYC based band formed in 1997. They have an approach to music that is all their own. The Ruffians combine many elements to their music, Irish, Rock, Punk. Their songs are about the human experience and a celebration of life. It's toe tapping fighting, f***ing, drinking music. Wrapped up in songs that will leave you going home with a swagger in your step and whistling away. The Ruffians are the genuine article. Not just another Pogue sound a like or Wolftones wanna be's, The Ruffians are NYC answer to Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphys" (taken from the band's MySpace)

Line-up

Dan Griffin - Bones, Singing, Dancing, Drinking
Sean Griffin - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bodhran
Jerome Morris - Drums, Backing Vocals
Kevin "Mad Dog" Meehan - Button Accordion
Joseph Mulvanerty - Pipes, Whistles, Vocals
Sean P. Sheridan - Bass Guitar,Backing Vocals

Discography:

"Naked and Famous" (6 track EP, 2001)
"Together for Christmas" (5 track EP, 2002)
"Live at CBGB: The Official Bootleg" (13 tracks, 2004)

(click on the title to buy it from CDbaby)

www.theruffians.com

www.myspace.com/ruffiansband

DOWNLOAD:

www.mediafire.com/?mdwme2m0d
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THE REAL McKENZIES - "Shine not Burn" out next June 22nd


The new
Real McKenzies acoustic album will be released next June 22nd. The track list is as follows:

01 Nessie
02 Drink The Way I Do
03 10,000 Shots
04 Pickled
05 Auld Mrs. Hunt
06 Bastards
07 My Bonnie
08 Chip
09 Scots Wha' Ha'e
10 Droppin' Like Flies
11 Pour Decisions
12 The Skeleton And The Tailor
13 Best Day Until Tomorrow
14 Bitch Off The Money
15 Get Lost
16 Wild Mountain Thyme
17 Whisky Scotch Whisky
18 Sawney Beane Clan
19 Kings O' Glasgow
20 Taylor Made II
21 Bugger Off


Pre-order can be made from Interpunk

"Shine Not Burn (the motto of the McKenzie Clan) is the first release that captures and delivers the essence of a Real McKenzies live performance. Recorded in August 2009 at Wild at Heart in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Shine Not Burn utilizes acoustic instrumentation to add an intimate aspect that has not been heard on any previous McKenzies releases. Exploiting the incredible talents of the band’s roster (including former members of the legendary bands Descendents, Good Riddance, and DOA), while adding a second set of bagpipes to the mix, the music on Shine Not Burn is the perfect complement to Paul’s trademark banter and passionate singing. For the listener it brings to life the experience of a Real McKenzies show without actually being there."
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DIRTY FILTHY MUGS - New Video "All Yobs In"


This is the "All Yobs In" video:


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BOOTLEG: THE BIBLECODE SUNDAYS


This ROIO has 5 acoustic tracks at a radio show and 2 tracks at the Craic Night in 2006. I think that all of them were available at the band's website in the past.

This is the biography that can be found at the band's MySpace: "The Irish as a race have given the world some of the most important and influential people in rocknroll history - the likes of Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, U2 and, through descension, The Beatles, The Smiths and more recently Oasis. The influence of traditional music is well acknowledged by all these artists, many of them citing the more traditional artists like The Chieftains, Luke Kelly and The Dubliners as mentors with The Pogues landing somewhere between the two styles. Still nobody to this day has truly married all these into one as naturally and effortlessly as The BibleCodeSundays, with the added influence of growing up in a multicultural London, surrounded by a strong Irish community. This breeds a unique branch of the worlds vast Irish population.

The stories, poems and songs that speak of a beautiful landscape and glorious heroes mixed in with the aggressive, dirty streets of day to day London. The BibleCodeSundays debut album Ghosts of Our Past was born mostly out of frustration that no one band was really hitting the mark. The Pogues had opened a door and nobody was stepping through and carrying on their work as so many bands had done with The Beatles. Included on this debut album are three songs written for Mike O'Dea's Boston-Irish movie Code of Silence which will be produced by Michael Z Gordon, the producer of the movie Narc which starred Ray Liotta.

The band proved to be a popular one on the London Irish scene and were voted winners by readers of The Irish World newspaper for the award of 'Best Band on London Circuit 2006'. The lads picked up the award at a huge ceremony and after their performance on the night were described as "a breath of fresh air for Irish music." They were never content to just be a local band playing other people's music and harboured ambitions of reaching a world-wide audience.

The BibleCodeSundays name came about from regular sunday gigs and drink-fuelled conversations about conspiracy theories. These weekly gigs/sessions became known as 'BibleCode Sundays'. Since then, as well as recording a second album Boots or No Boots, The BibleCodeSundays have played on the pitch of both Celtic Park in Glasgow before 62 000 people and the Madjeski Stadium - home to London Irish RFC. They have shared the stage with Chicago Irish punk band The Tossers on their UK tour, along with Damien Dempsey and Aslan.

The year 2009 was an even greater year for the band after signing to New York record label Cosmic Trigger and supporting The Dropkick Murphys in Boston on St. Patrick's Night! Now in 2010 the band are made up of

Ronan MacManus (son of Ross & brother of Declan aka Elvis Costello)
Andy Nolan (ex Shane MacGowan & the Popes)
Carlton Hunt (ex Bad Manners)
Enda Mulloy (son of Tom from the legendary Mulloy Brothers)
Patrick Franklin (
one of the best young fiddle players in London)
Kian Chanter on guitars

This remarkable band represents both the history and the future of Irish music. The mix of traditional Irish and modern music forms the unique sound which is The BibleCodeSundays.

OUR DEBUT ALBUM 'GHOSTS OF OUR PAST' WAS VOTED '2006 ALBUM OF THE YEAR' ON BOSTON BASED IRISH PUNK ROCK WEBSITE 'SHITE'N'ONIONS'!!!!

OUR FOLLOW UP ALBUM 'BOOTS OR NO BOOTS' WAS VOTED '2007 ALBUM OF THE YEAR' BY 'SHITE'N'ONIONS'
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www.biblecodesundays.co.uk

www.myspace.com/biblecodesundays


DOWNLOAD:


www.mediafire.com/?jntifnmkedj
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Friday, June 4, 2010

DENNY'S DRIVE-IN - Split


Unfortunately, the Austrian band Denny's Drive-In has broken up two months ago. The band had released a couple of EPs during the last five years:

The Fiddler (2005)
Raise the Anchors (2006)

Some of their tracks are available on their website or in LastFM. All of them were included in The Celtic Punk Sampler-Austrian bands. I have found two extra tracks that are available at a Spanish website in which a review of a gig in Austria in 2009 was posted.


http://www.vidaperra.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1750


Anyhow, as a tribute I have put together all those tracks (6) at mediafire


DOWNLOAD

www.mediafire.com/?fzguydmnzit


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