That time of the month again! Odds’n’Sods our regular monthly feature of all the Celtic-Punk news that’s fit to print. Band news, record releases, videos, tours (not individual gigs though yet sadly), live streams, crowd funders etc., send it into us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Contact Us page. All will get a mention but I need YOU to help if it’s going to work.
We kick off this month with some sad news that THE MAHONES are retiring from touring. Easily the busiest band in the Celtic-Punk world they’ve been just about everywhere there is to go… and several times too! I think for many out there they are the only out of town Celtic-Punk band people will have seen. They will pop up for the occasional local gig or festival but that’s yer lot.
“After 30 years, it’s time for The Mighty Mahones to stop touring. There…
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By Jess Readett–
Music and politics went hand in hand throughout the ‘Troubles’. From the unionist Lambeg drum beating on Orange Day, to Bobby Sands’ lyrics scrawled on the cigarette packets smuggled out of Long Kesh – the ‘Troubles’ had a soundtrack that served as more than mere background music to its players.
In the current literature this is yet to be fully acknowledged and rarely is the idea that music existed as anything other than a creative outlet explored. When it is, there is often a narrow focus on specific aspects of music such as rebel songs and parades. These only provide detailed pockets of information, limited to one time period, group, or event.
Yet historians can learn a lot from studying all the music of the ‘Troubles’. Music had the potential to unite and divide, it controlled and critiqued narratives, was subject to censorship and…
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Ooft! This run up to the Holyrood elections just gets more bizarre by the minute.
I’ve just caught up there with the man that’s had mair parties than Shug Hefner, George ‘indefatigability’ Galloway’s party political broadcast for his latest ego platform ‘All In ItFor the Onions’.
Wow, just wow!
First things first I hope he’s weighed the RAF in wae a bung for using their roundels as his party symbol.
How a guy who once allegedly despised everything about the former imperial power that rules our country can now attempt to be even remotely credible with views which are at a 180 degrees to his apparent original views I’ll never know.
He had always considered himself, in his own wee egotistical lunchtime, to be something of an orator, of Churchillian proportions in fact, which might explain the phoatie of the symbol of British nationalist hero worship over his left…
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The Grand Old Duke of Edinburgh He had ten million pounds
By Fra Hughes
So the Duke is dead and to be buried on the afternoon of April 17 2021.
I am not a Royalist in fact I am a Republican.
The time has long since passed when Monarchies should have been condemned to the dustbin of history as a feudal anachronistic parasite that is long past its use-by date.
The history of the Monarchs and their divine god-given right to rule has been overthrown in many societies, while some may claim they are a modern figurehead which promotes consistency in society while governments come and go, we must always challenge their origins their history of slavery brutality theft colonisation and genocides.
The Famine Queen, Victoria let two million people die or immigrate while exporting food grain and cattle from Ireland for profit between 1847 and 1857 while under the…
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This is a quick revisit to a previous post on undocumented burials around Belfast. A while ago I’d looked at reports of human remains uncovered at two locations coinciding with an apparent cemetery and a ‘death pit’ marked on a 1696 map of Belfast. So technically, they aren’t undocumented, but they are forgotten and overlooked.
The Peters Hill burial ground appears to cover the area from the Boyd Street/Peters Hill corner back along Peters Hill and extending down an unknown distance towards Millfield. The locations of key streets etc are shown below including Peters Hill (which becomes the Shankill Road (beyond the right hand side of the picture), Boyd Street is shown, plus Millfield, North Street and Carrickhill. The area with recorded burials is shown as a red box.
Here’s an older map which has been updated to include names of smaller streets around Peters Hill/Boyd Street/Brown Square. The inset…
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