The Shillelaghs

Name: The Shillelaghs

Country: Canada

Formed in: 2006

Status: Active

The Shillelaghs are a band that hails from Calgary, Canada. The band brings a hard hitting and original sound to the celtic punk scene.

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Band members

  • Dave Anderson – vocal
  • Kyle Libbus – guitar
  • Van Vandenberg – drums
  • Andrew Shannon – bass
  • Lisa Graham – piccolo
  • Greg Devine – accordion

Discography

Albums:

  • Bury Me At Sea (2015)
  • Ripples in the Rye (2019)

EPs:

  • Wastedly (2009)

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Alternative Ulster

Name: Alternative Ulster

Country: USA

Formed in: 2015

Status: Active

Founded in March 2015, Alternative Ulster hails from NY State’s Catskill’s region. After the release of their debut album the band went through personnel changes leading to the next two CDs line-up of John McGovern on bagpipes and banjo, Todd Henry on vocals and drums and Jay Anderson on guitar and bass as well as all recording and mixing. While recording their Christmas CD, the lads needed a lady for the female lines of Fairytale of NY. Wendy’s singing so blew them away that she’s now a full member of the band and has greatly enriched their sound. For live dates, Steve Hoelter joins in on bass and as the back-up drummer.

Back in 2015, John described the band’s sound as 1916 meets 1977, referencing both the Irish Uprising and the heyday of Old School Punk Rock. Influential Celtic Punk podcast, Shite&Onions, described the band’s style as “snot, spit and safety-pins punk rock of the 1982 variety being held ransom by a manic, whiskey swigging highland piper.”

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Band members

  • John McGovern – bagpipes, banjo
  • Todd Henry – drums, vocal
  • Jay Andersen – guitar, bass, drums
  • Wendy Henry – vocal
  • Steve Hoelter – bass

Discography

Albums:

  • Rebellion! (2016)
  • Boobies, Bagpipes, Banjos & Beer (2018)
  • Pog Mo Thoin (2018)
  • Merry Feckin’ Christmas! (2018)
  • Craic Agus Ceol (2019)

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Gang of Devils

Name: Gang of Devils

Country: USA

Formed in: 2018

Status: Active

The Pogues tribute band from USA.

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Band members

  • Dameon Merkl – vocals
  • Gary Lee Baker – guitar
  • Cary Haun – bass
  • Dave Garner – banjo
  • Mike Gorzelanski – drums
  • Esmerelda Strange – accordion
  • Jon T Flesh – tin whistle

Discography

EPs:

  • Demo (2019)

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Malasañers

Name: Malasañers

Country: Germany

Formed in: 2012

Status: Active

Malasañers history is a complicated one and begins back in working-class Madrid where due to the financial crisis at home Carlos del Pino makes the journey across Europe to move to the mid-German town of Bamberg to start a new life. Inspired by his father’s vinyl album’s of Irish and Celtic music Carlos develops an enthusiasm for the music of the green isle and mixed with early influences of the Ramones, Beatles and Elvis the scene is set for the early beginnings of Malasañers. Formed in Madrid in 2012 the band are cheerful and folky taking in influences from Spain as well as broader Rock and Indie music but with the band going nowhere at home and frustrated by the economic crisis Carlos moves to Germany in 2014 reignites Malasañers and gathering around him some of the areas best musicians Carlos burning passion for Irish punk finds a happy home in the beer metropolis of Bamberg with the active music scene.

London Celtic Punks

Band members

  • Carlos del Pino – vocal, acoustic guitar, bass, banjo
  • Cornelius Appun – vocal, electric guitar
  • Frau Vau – fiddle
  • Teemu Salo – keyboards
  • Philipp Renz – drums

Discography

Albums:

  • Spanish Eyes (2014)
  • Footprints (2018)

Splits:

  • Welcome to The Folk Punk Show (2014)

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Tortilla Flat

Name: Tortilla Flat

Country: Switzerland

Formed in: 1991

Status: Active

Band from Switzerland, one of the oldest in the genre.

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Band members

  • Chris – guitar, vocal
  • Ritchie – bass, harp
  • Lexu – drums, acoustic guitar

Discography

Albums:

  • In The Grup Of The Grape (1996)
  • As Usual (1999)
  • At The Tavern (2005)
  • From Vine to Wine (2008)
  • A Trainload Full Of Stout (2009)
  • The Great Escape (2015)
  • Forward To The Past (2017)

EPs:

  • All Hail The W (2002)
  • Dirty Old Town (2004)

Live:

  • Live At Old Capital (2019)

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