Fri, 21 June 2013
Sat, 11 May 2013
After The Union
The Peelers - Repeal Of Licensing Laws (the closest we could get to a Repel Of The Union)
Roll on the 1800's. Things can only get better. Right? One of the intentions of British Prime Mister, William Pitt (rhymes with shit) was to bring in Catholic emancipation with the union (the right to vote and take a seat in parliament). He believed it would be easier to achieve emancipation for Catholics if they were a minority in a United Kingdom rather then a majority in the Kingdom of Ireland - though what's the point of your vote means nothing? Unfortunately the king was George lll. Remember him? The loonie German that lost the Americas - well Georgie Porgie was as king also head of the Anglican church and would not allow emancipation so Pitt quit (rhymes with shit). Within 4 years Pitt was back but the moment had passed and he was busy dealing with a short French trouble maker.
George III lays down the law. No friend of freedom or democracy
Daniel O'Connell and Catholic emancipation: AD 1823-29
While the penal laws were still in effect they had diminished in severity since the late 1700s - Catholics could now serve in the army, property rights improved and importantly some Catholics could vote....men with certain property rights. This was seized up by a crafty (a cute whoore in local speak) Kerry born lawyer called Daniel O'Connell - Danny Bhoy knew there was nothing in the law that could stop him running for election, the problem was if he won as a Catholic he could not take the oath of allegiance to the inheritor of the bollox of Henry the 8th as Defender of the Faith. So Danny throws his hat in the ring and faces off against the hand picked candidate of the Duke of Wellington and whips his arse. The Brits have a problem now, there is an elected member of Parliament who won't take the oath and his core supporters a generation before rebelled massively and bloodily. The Brits blink and the oath is gone. DOC in MP for county Clare.
O'Connell - The original Kerry politician
Healy Rae- Today's Kerry Politician
Daniel O'Connell and the monster meetings: 1842-1844
With O'Connell now in the Houses of Parliament others were elected and soon O`O'Connell was heading up the movement to repel the Act of Union. O'Connell was quite the political organizer and through church gate collections a war chest of funds was build that would put an American presidential candidate to shame, he also organized in-conjunction with the Young Ireland movement monster meetings to agitate and show support for repel of the union. The first Million Man March was to be organized at Clontarf in 1843 (see part 1 for the significance of Clontarf) a good 150 years before Spike Lee. Peel the then Prime Minister wasn't going to let this happen and sent in troops with cannons. DOC being the Gandhi like statesman backed down and for his trouble was arrested, tried and jailed along with the leaders of the Young Ireland movement. He spent almost a year in the can before the House of Lords had him sprung.
The Great Famine: 1845-1850
Sun, 28 April 2013
Shite'n'Onions Podcast#71 featuring 21st Century Loser the new album from Sir Reg.
Sir Reg - 21st Century Loser
Sir Reg - Emigrate
Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers - 5 Weeks 5 Days
Handsome Young Strangers - Thunderbolt
Black 47 - Home Of The Brave
Black Friday - Got To Go
Muirsheen Durkin & Friends - Have A Drink Ya Bastard
Sir Reg - We'll Rise Again
Catgut Mary - Melbourne Tram Song
Currency - Port Song
Roaring Jack - Buy Us A Drink
Fri, 29 March 2013
Shite'n'Onions Podcast#70 feature the new albums from The Tossers (The Emerald City) and Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers (The Broken Pavement of Avondale) plus music by fellow Chicago Celts - Sharky Doyles, The Fisticuffs and Flatfoot 56 along with a song about Chicago by NYCs Black 47.
The Tossers - Emerald City
The Tossers - The South Side Of Town
Sharky Doyles - Back Of The Yards
Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers - Pope Of The Windy City
Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers - Don't Bury Me Outside Of Chicago
The Fisticuffs - Silent On The South Side
The Tossers - Chicago
The Tossers - The Fermoy Lasses And Sporting Paddy
The Fisticuffs - Dublin's Coming Home
Flatfoot 56 - Courage
Black 47 - Southside Chicago Waltz
Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers - A Portrait Of The City (As A Neighborhood)
T. Duggans - (The City Of) Chicago
Sun, 10 March 2013
Shite'n'Onions 2013 Paddy's Day Podcast. The worlds loudest and fastest Celtic music. The true Celtic thunder.
The Mahones - Shakespeare Road
Blaggard - Irish Rover
Kilmaine Saints - Póg Mo Thóin
The Tossers - St. Patrick's Day
The Gobshites - Seven Drunken Nights
Lexington Field - Galway Bay
Bastards on Parade - St Patrick's Day
Neck - Every Day's St Patrick's Day
McDermott's 2 Hours vs Levellers - Laying The Sligo Maid
Charm City Saints - Dicey Riley
Porters - The Leaving Of Liverpool
The Langer's Ball - Real Old Mountain Dew
The Bucks - Courtin' In The Kitchen
Black 47 - Rockin' The Bronx (Live)
The Bloody Irish Boys - The Parting Glass
Mon, 18 February 2013
Shite'n'Onions Podcast#68 - We'll take a break from our history of Ireland series with this podcast and spin some tracks from recently received CDs and a few of old ones.
Blood Or Whiskey - Frank
Fri, 8 February 2013
Part 2 of Mustard Finnagans history of Ireland. Full text at www.shitenonions.com
So you thought the last 600 years of Irish history was crappy, well those were actually the good 'oul days. With the Irish Catholic army in France and William light footed elsewhere the fully Protestant parliament in Dublin break every agreement in the treaty using the excuse that the Pope now was recognizing Jimmy Deuce as the rightfully King of Ireland and England, allowing them to consolidate their power and destroy any remaining Catholic power in the country.,,,,,,,,www.shitenonions.com
Kilmaine Saints - Wearing of the Green
Auld Corn Brigade - Irish soldier laddie
The Brazen Heads - Wind That Shakes The Barley
Black 47 - Vinegar Hill
Barney Murray - Glory, Glory Oh
The Battering Ram - Henry Joy
The Town Pants - Kelly The Boy From Killanne
The Battering Ram - General Munro
Shane MacGowan and the Popes - Roddy McCorley
Neck - Back Home In Derry
Sat, 19 January 2013
Battle of Clontarf
The Prodigals - Boru's March
Ceann - Blame The Viking
1014 is the best place to start Mustard Finnegan’s history of Ireland. It that year Brian Boru defeated the Danes. For hundreds of years, Ireland was known as the Isle of Saints and Scholars – the image of monks in monasteries; smoking pot, lovingly illustrating copies of the gospels, praying and guiding the heathens in Europe outta of the Dark Ages. Though not all of that is necessarily the true Ireland. Ireland was made up of a bunch of small kingdoms with kings more like Afghan warlords or the Bloods and Crips – I’m the king of from here to that rock over there and I’m gonna steal your cattle and run back to my ring fort. Ireland had big problem with the Vikings. The Vikings were a bunch of dudes from Scandinavia with helmets with horns sticking out of them who loved to vacation in Ireland and plunder the Irish monasteries and murder the monks. After a few hundred years of this the Vikings started to stay around and started, like all the cities in Ireland and meddled in Irish politics (bit like the EU these days).
Brian was an ambitious sort of fella and conquered one Irish kingdom after another and made them pay tribute to him (this is not like Michael Jackson's Tribute, Brian would take hostage of the kid of the lesser kings and if the lesser king didn’t do his bidding and pay taxes and send solders when Brian needed them then that was the end of the young fella). Once the Irish were under his heal he went after the meddling Vikings of Dublin. Coming face to face for battle on Clontarf beach on Good Friday 1014 – the Irish warriors kicked serious Viking ass along with kicking the asses of the Dublin Viking’s mates from the Isle of Mann and Denmark - many of whom after the beat down drown in Dublin Bay trying to escape the Celtic axemen starting the long tradition of pollution in Dublin bay. Unfortunately, for Brian, who being wicked old (he was about 73) and was praying in his tent as the battle rage so he did not notice a sneaky Viking who snuck up on the big B and buried an axe in Brian's back and that was the end of him.
Vikings. Horny fellows coming to rape and pillage comely Irish maidens
The Norman Invasion
Belfast Andi - Irish Ways Irish Laws
After 1014, Ireland went back to it petty warlords fighting with each other over this bit of bog and that sheep over there and all was good and dandy until a woman got in the picture. In 1167, Diarmait Mac Murchada (that’s Murphy in English), King of Leinster (the east bit of Ireland) ran off with Derval (the woman in question), the daughter of the King of Meath (the rich bit of Ireland in them days and these day) and the wife of Tighearnán Mór Ua Ruairc (Terry O'Rourke in English), King of Bréifne (a strip of fields and bogs that ran from Meath to Sligo these days called Leitrim). Tighearnán was pissed of course and with the help of the High King, Rory O’Conner, they ran old Diarmait outta the country. Diarmait being a schemer and a general a-hole approached a Norman Knight called Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke also known by the name Strongbow (Strongbow is much more Knightly and Ciderish name, Richard de Clare sound more like the name of the owner of chain of ladies hair saloons). Diarmait promised Strongbow his daughters hand in marriage, who by all accounts was a pretty hot chick as well as succession rights as King of Leinster if he’d help him out. Strongbow not having much going on as King of England when not hammering the Scots was beating up on his own Knights, took him up on the offer and arrived with his mates (Fitzgerald, Fitzgibbon, Burke, Butler and Prendergast) and the best in 12th century military technology gold pieces could buy. Shortly there after Diarmait was back being King of Leinster but over olf England, old Henry II didn’t like the idea of one of his knights becoming a king of anything and setting up a rival kingdom so he called up the Pope and asked for the OK to invade Ireland (of course this is the one time the Pope is a bloody Englishman) and once permission given Henry arrives and declares himself Overlord of Ireland.
Diarmait does the dirty deed dirt cheap
Strongbow gets the girl and the Kingdom
The Pale and Beyond
Blood or Whiskey - Follow Me up to Carlow/Holt's Way
BibleCodeSundays - Clew Bay Pirates
The Dreadnoughts - Grace O'Malley
We can skip ahead to the 1590’s now, the Norman Knight have gone native (more Irish then the Irish themselves) and the English rule is now pushed back to the general Dublin Area – known as The Pale. Ever heard the expression “Beyond The Pale”? Meaning being outside proper behavior, well that was where the wild Irish lived with their new Norman mates, fighting with each other over this bog and that bog and the odd goat.
One of those Chieftains was a woman called Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen who was so fearsome that she show up bare breasted in Queen Lizzy's court in London to demand the removal of the Queens representative in Connacht.
Grace O'Malley telling Lizzie 1 to stuff it.
The Flight Of The Earls
Black 47 - Red Hugh
Queen Elizabeth was a tough old boot in her own right and took a leaf outta ol’ Brian’s book raising the sons of the Gaelic Chieftains in her court. One of these lads was Red Hugh O’Donnell of the Tyrone. Hugh and his mate O’Neill of Ulster (The O'Neills are the oldest and biggest family in Europe, there is something like 3,000,000 descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages the original Neill running about, the O' meaning descended from, talk about virile) played a good game with the Queen. When in her court they played along by English rules and when back home in Ulster they did what ever they bloody pleased. But Lizzie's henchmen in Ireland keep pushing in on O’Neill and O’Donnell business and enough to piss’ em off that they stopped playing the game and rebelled. The Irish chieftains were able to push the Perfidious Albion almost out of the country but were finally defeated a the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 – Kinsale is as far as you can get from Ulster, being on the south coast in Cork. O’Neill and O’Donnell and most of the other O’s fled the country for Spain and that was the end of Gaelic Ireland.
Red Hugh O'Donnell not looking so red
The Plantation Of Ulster
Being traitors to the crown, all of the land of the O'Neill and O'Donnell went to the crown who decided that the best way to control the Irish was to get rid of ‘em and replace ‘em with good English protestants - this was after the reformation off course.
"Here's a health to the Protestant Minister And his church without meaning or faith For the foundation stones of his temple are The bollocks of Henry the Eight" - Brendan Behan
This plan didn’t work out so well as most of the smart English with ambitions for advancement went to the America’s and stole the Indians land so in Ulster the numbers had to be made up with low class, lowland Scots. The Irish got kicked out and the planters got the good land (and the natives the views).
Cromwell in Ireland
The Fisticuffs - Young Ned of The Hill
The 1600's was an ugly time to live in Ireland. When the civil war broke out in England the Catholics of Ireland, Gaelic and Old English supported the cause of Charles I and took the opportunity to try and get their lands back from the planters – much slaughter followed. With the end of the war in England and Chuck's head on a spike Cromwell turned his eye on Ireland and took revenge in the Irish for rebelling and waged holy war on the population. Cromwell was by far the biggest Fu#ker in Irish history, his soldiers laid wasted to much of the county, butchering the citizens of Wexford and Drogheda when the garrison of those cities didn’t surrender fast enough. When he didn’t murder you, then he transported you to Barbados to your death as a slave in the sugar plantations or worse to Connacht and eternity as a bogger. Allegedly Rihanna is descended from one of those Irish transported to Barbados.....I told you Cromwell was a fu#ker. Cromwell eventually dies (of malaria of all things) and the Stuarts are back on the throne of England. Cromwell's body exhumed, hung, drawn and quartered.
Ollie Cromwell, Lord Protector and general bastard. Warts'n'all
The Battle Of The Boyne
Roaring Jack - The Old Divide And Rule
Hugh Morrison - Ye Jacobites By Name
Prydein - Minstrel Boy
The Tossers - Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
The Stuarts were bad new. It would have been in everyone's favor if Guy Fawkes had his way......BOOM! Things calmed down under Chuck II but there are problem when his brother Jimmy II replaces him. Well wee Jimmy was a Celtic support and the England parliament, Huns. They manage to live with him until a son was born and then they realism the Catholics won't be going away. Jimmy is given short shift and exiled to France with his daughter Mary and her Dutch son-in-law William of Orange put in his place. Jimmy II raises any army with the support of the King of France and sales for Ireland to join up with his Irish supporters.
James II and William of Orange (only one of these guys was was in Poison)
James manages to set back peace, love and understanding 1,000 years in Ireland when he lays siege to the walled city of
Irish revenge for Limerick at Fontenoy
"Cuimhnigidh ar Luimnech agus feall na Sassonach!" – "Remember Limerick and Saxon Perfidy"
Sat, 12 January 2013
This past Thursday the Irish rock and roll family had lost a great brother. Singer, song writer, guitar player and front man of the Mickey Finns passed away suddenly. It saddens us to report news like this as it’s never good feeling to lose a member of this tight knit community of singers, songwriters, artists and fans. Ray Kelly was quick with a smile, always willing to chat and had one of those personalities that would light up a room. Going to a Finns show was always a joy, between the band members there was such a closeness you could tell they all really loved what they were doing and who they were doing it with. The passion in each and every song was always highlighted by that raspy brogue Ray bellowed the lyrics through.
Ray leaves behind an impressive body of work with The Mickey Finns and his previous bands including The Prodigals. It does leave a giant hole in this fans heart though that his signature guitar picking and distinct voice will never again be heard. From loving his live shows to playing Mickey Finns CD’s so much I was afraid I was going to burn a hole through it, I was hooked by the style sound and energy they put into every song.
The Mickey Finn - It's Not The Whiskey
Direct download: ShitenOnions_Podcast65_A_Tribute_To_Ray_Kelly_of__The_Mickey_Finns.mp3
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Sat, 5 January 2013
Podcast #64 freatures tracks from our best of 2012 list. Full list at www.shitenonions.com
Sharks Come Cruisin' - Blow-the-Man-Down - Hardtack EP Murder