The Lost Shamrock Sessions

The Lost Shamrock Sessions

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Rare, limited edition, collector's item! This 5 song, high energy album, was recorded and engineered by the very talented, and handsome Sean Sheridan.

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  1. 1 My True Love 03:10
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  2. 2 If 02:14
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  3. 3 The Banker 03:28
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  4. 4 More to Life 02:23
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  5. 5 The Lovers Waltz 05:56
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Naked and Famous

Naked and Famous

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Review from Shite n'Onions- “Naked & Famous” is a six-track (well five and a half really) EP début. The first couple of tracks sound like they are live favorite’s (especially “More To Life”, a tale of Saturday night drinking and Sunday morning Catholicism). Things start getting interesting on the third track “Drunk Again”, with it’s Brit Pop crossed with Irish sound, imagine the Pogues kidnapping Morrissey, getting him real drunk and making him sing for them. “The Banker” is the best original, a slow powerful one with some really great uileann pipes. “All The Girls”, the half-track and introduction for “Never Will Marry” is similar to Flogging Molly’s “Grace Of God Go I” (with vocals almost as powerful as Mr. King’s). The final track is “Never Will Marry” an American/Irish folk standard but this version is a riff driven fuckin rocker with uileann pipes replacing the guitar solo, Linda Ronstadt never played it like this – excellent.

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  1. 1 More to Life 02:08
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  2. 2 She Married Him For The Money 02:59
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  3. 3 Drunk Again 02:58
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  4. 4 The Banker 03:39
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  5. 5 All The Girls 00:30
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  6. 6 Never Will Marry 03:48
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Live at CBGB's

Live at CBGB's

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The Ruffians “Official Bootleg; Live at CBGB’s” Off the Record by Mike Farragher, Irish Voice - November 2004

If you like your Irish music delivered on a speeding Guinness truck that has lost its breaks, I’ve got a disc for you. The Ruffians have released Live at CBGBs, and it finds the band worthy of gracing the stage that launched the likes of the Ramones and Talking Heads at Manhattan’s temple of punk. This is 43:27 of gloriously ragged playing, in the style of the Pogues and Popes.

“We did it at CBGBS one night, pressed it, and put it out a week later,” explains singer Sean Griffin. “There’s no studio overdubbing; it’s right from the board. It really does capture the Ruffians sound, so if there are people out there that have recordings from our past shows, throw those out and put this on!”

The band offers a decidedly Irish American take on standards like “Jug O Punch,” which sounds like it was shot out of a cannon to an unsuspecting crowd.

“I Never Will Marry” should be an anthem for perpetual bachelorhood, and it is indicative of the devilish take on traditional music that permeates this collection. This love of Celtic culture can be attributed to the deep cultural ties that brothers Sean and Danny share.

“We were always around Irish music,” says Sean. “My mother played the accordion and my father is an Irish singer. We did all the step dancing and everything, so we were always right in the middle of Irishness growing up. I think mom had this vision of all of us singing the way we did at church, so she’s had to get used to the punk thing!”

A big name producer will probably propel this great band into greatness, so pick up Live at CBGBs while you can still say “I knew them when.”

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  1. 1 My True Love 03:10
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  2. 2 If 02:14
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  3. 3 Moving On 03:02
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  4. 4 The Banker 03:39
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  5. 5 The Lovers Waltz 05:56
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  6. 6 Fishy 04:11
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  7. 7 Jug O Punch 02:23
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  8. 8 Rains of June 03:37
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  9. 9 Fall From Grace 03:43
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  10. 10 Be My Girl 04:56
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  11. 11 Never Will Marry 03:08
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  12. 12 More to Life 02:52
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  13. 13 Bonus Track 02:57
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Together for Christmas

Together for Christmas

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(3 and a half stars out of four) Now this is my idea of a rockin’ Xmas disc! Irish punk-rockers the Ruffians (think of an American, Gen Y version of the Pogues) keep a running theme through the five songs on this seasonal EP – it opens with “Sleep It Off, Gramps” and closes with “(Christmas is Cancelled) Sucks to Be Sober” – and the music (as well as the sentiments) will still sound fresh in every sense of that word by mid-January, which is when the hangover should be wearing off. -by Tim DeGrogatis (Chicago Sun Times December 2002)

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  1. 1 Sleep It Off, Gramps (Intro) 00:18 Free
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  2. 2 Christmas in Killarney 03:27
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  3. 3 Together at Christmas 03:28
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  4. 4 Naughty List 02:29
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  5. 5 (Christmas is Cancelled) Sucks to be Sober 03:35
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  6. 6 Bonus 01:25
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