Review: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – “Irish Goodbye”

When this album and band came up, I had to check it out – and not just because they’re from Austin, TX. A band called Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead describing themselves as: Irish Punk Rock with bagpipes and balls? I have to know what this is, so I jumped on it.
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a five piece whirlwind of Celtic Music. They’re about to release their debut album, Irish Goodbye, in September. They sent me some pre-release tracks to listen to – to get a feel for what this band is all about.
They’re loud. They’re fast. And they’re tight. This is NOT your traditional Irish music. This is raucous, irreverent and exhausting (in a good way). This is high energy, fast paced, well-played music that will get you moving. The vocals are raw and primal but skilled and talented.
In the true tradition of Punk Rock, these songs are aggressive and rebellious with titles like “Bad Decision”, and” Rebel Songs” – it’s a clue we’re heading off the “traditional” Celtic music tracks. There are overtones of other styles, as well. “Kind of Wake” has a SKA feel (without the brass section) to me which I like. But they’re not just loud, tight, and raucous. Their song, “Samhain” is a haunting ballad with dark overtones. “Rebel Songs” is the other ballad-esque track with haunting lyrics. They also like to lure you in with a hint of tradition before taking off on a wild romp – like with “Russian Roulette” which starts out with classic bagpipes then kicks it up to eleven.

I can’t wait to hear the full album when they have it done.

Artist: On Facebook and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Buy Album: Release Date is scheduled for Mid-September, 2014.

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on

MP3: “Tis Believed That This Harp” by Seraphina


Seraphina is a vibrant new Canadian ensemble made up of Susan Toman (celtic harp & harpsichord) and Dawn Bailey (soprano). They specialize in Celtic and Baroque repertoire, and enjoy fusing the two genres wherever possible. They’ve been praised for an engaging manner of musical storytelling, appropriate for all ages.

Band: Seraphina

Buy CD: Road to the Isles

Download MP3: Tis believed that this harp

Website: Seraphina

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Similar Artists: Puirt a Baroque, The Broadside Band, La Nef,  loreena mckennitt, David Greenberg, Andrew Lawrence-King


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CD Review: Katie’s Randy Cat

Katie's Randy CatThe Self-Titled CD from Katie’s Randy Cat out of Toledo, OH is a short (Only 4 tracks) but jammed packed album that fans of groups like Dropkick Murphys, The Young Dubliners and Flogging Molly will enjoy

The album kicks off with a kicked up version of “The Irish Rover” filled with lots of accordion, drums, guitars and just general fun mayhem.

It then kicks into an equally kicked up version of “A Nation Once Again.” This is my favorite Irish Rebel song, and I always find it unique to see how many different ways this song is redone.

Probably my favorite track out of all four is actually the one that is the LEAST like the others. KRC’s version of “Foggy Dew” is a very slow and mellow but brought in a very strong and soulful way. I’d love to see these guys perform other Irish ballads in this way.

The album ends with what is pretty much a jam session which turns into “Drunken Sailor” Very fun to listen to….

Overall, a solid album that is worth a listen to. Should be fun to see what these guys come up with in the future!!


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New Celtic CDs from Harmony Glen, Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier, Men of Worth, Christine Sparks

Got the urge to sing, dance, or disappear into a great Celtic legacy?


Harmony Glen - The Cure for Anything

The Cure for Anything
by Harmony Glen
Warning: Listening to this album full of Irish feelgood folk might cause a severe urge to dance and sing and generally behave in ways that are not by default approved of my the general public. It might leave you with an everlasting smile on your face!
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
Release Date: 2014

Two Men On a Boat
by Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier
A mixture of contemporary and Traditional Scottish and English folk music and song accompanied by acoustic guitar and concertina and all recorded live on a 64″ Humber Keel canal boat.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

Men of Worth 1997-1999
by Men of Worth
A collection of traditional, contemporary and original Irish and Scottish Folk Music. Two previously released albums repackaged as a double CD.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
Release Date: 2012

by Christine Sparks
A mix of traditional Scottish and contemporary Scottish folk songs. 12 beautiful songs sung by The truly Sensational Christine Sparks. Her pure voice and the stripped back production create a breathtaking album that is truly created with love.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

New Celtic CDs from Kieran O’Hare & John Skelton, Tonnta Ceoil, Randal Bays and Family, The McDeviants

Traditional Irish music with some tin whistles, fiddles, flutes, concertinas and some Irish drinking songs.


Kieran O'Hare & John Skelton - Two Tone

Two Tone
by Kieran O’Hare & John Skelton
Exciting fist-in-glove duet playing of Irish traditional music on flute and tinwhistle–driving and powerful, with guest John Blake on guitar and piano.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

Lucky for Some
by Tonnta Ceoil
Tonnta Ceoil are a modern Irish trad group from the heart of Co. Clare fusing old and new musical styles in an exciting mix of music and song.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

A Rake of Tunes
by Randal Bays and Family
A collection of unaccompanied Irish traditional music played on fiddles, flute and concertina by Randal Bays and family… reels, jigs, hornpipes plus a few live recordings from concerts and sessions.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

Seven Long Years
by The McDeviants
Irish drinking and folk songs. Sometimes naughty, sometimes nice. Always fun.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
Release Date: 2014