Nine tracks of full-bodied Celtic anthemry – BILLBOARD
A nuanced take on Celtic punk..Irish folk in a pub rock setting, never to rowdy to swamp the tunes – MOJO
James Fearnley of The Pogues has a new band and it’s magic – BOING BOING
May make you want to grab a Guinness in celebration! – WFPK
Top ten song of the week – The Alternate Root
The Walker Roaders are:
James Fearnley, co-founder and accordionist The Pogues,
Ted Hutt, co-founder and guitarist/producer Flogging Molly
Marc Orrell, guitarist Dropkick Murphys
In the course of a widely celebrated thirty-year career, the sound of seminal London-Irish band The Pogues launched a generation of rowdy and explosive Celtic-Punk bands. James Fearnley, co-founder and long-time accordion player in that legendary group, has now teamed with two of its most notable devotees, Flogging Molly co-founder and Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt and Dropkick Murphys’ multi-instrumentalist Marc Orrell, forming The Walker Roaders whose music splices anthems of Celtic-Punk with the exalted poetry of The Pogues. Named for a menacing street gang known to Fearnley as a youth in Manchester, their self-titled debut full length is released today via Ginger Man/Beverly Martel label group.
The nine original songs on the album were co-written by Hutt, Fearnley and Orrell with lyrics by Fearnley. Recorded at various Los Angeles studios, it was produced by Hutt with additional musicians including bassist Brad Wood (producer of Liz Phair’s ‘Exile in Guyville’), fiddle-player Kieran Mulroney (Low And Sweet Orchestra, Cranky George) and drummer Bryan Head (Dick Dale, John Doe, Jill Sobule).
The album spans the genre – from a scathing breakneck ballad of defiance and dread (“Lord Randall’s Bastard Son” which hews close to Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”), through songs with spacious melodies, such as the Korea-inspired “Seo Yun” telling a tale of dispossession and desire, including an homage to Rod Stewart and The Faces (at a latitude well north of balmy as in “Here Comes The Ice”) and a tolling waltz – “The Blackbird Only Knows One Song” – drawn from that well in The Pogues’ repertoire from which were winched such songs as “Kitty” and “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.”
2019 U.S. Tour dates to be announced soon.