Photo by Sorcha Frances Ryder
It's always great to hear Irish folk/punk outside of March. The latest from The Mary Wallopers, aka "The Clancy Brothers meets The Dead Kennedys," is everything we want from the genre. "The Blarney Stone" is very traditional Irish folk, but with an odd pop sensibility and the attitude and edge of punk. The choruses are basically gang vocals, albeit (mostly) sung and not shouted. This one is just pure fun, if you're into the genre. Even if you're not, "The Blarney Stone" is still worth a listen as The Mary Wallopers truly know what they're doing.
The Mary Wallopers say of their new single:
“The Blarney Stone is a famous monument in Ireland. It’s said if you kiss it you get the gift of the gab. More business minded Irish people over the years have made their own blarney stones charging unsuspecting tourists for a kiss, this is their story.”
You can watch the video for "The Blarney Stone" below. Irish Rock 'n' Roll is due out October 13 via BC Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on The Mary Wallopers, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.