The Mahones' mellower brand of Celtic madness returns Sunday

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Drunken Lazy Bastard. Drunken Night In Dublin. Shake Hands With The Devil.

Song titles like these bespeak The Mahones'  booze-soaked brand of Celtic-rock returning to the Duncan Garage Showroom Sunday.

But wait — impresario Longevity John Falkner notes there's "an acoustic side to this punk/Irish/beer-swilling band from Kingston, Ontario."

Locals can tap that take, and compare it to the band's November 2011 visit to the valley — and with their rollicking Cowichan debut a decade or so ago at Vimy Hall.

The Mahones are an Irish-born, Canadian Celtic-punk band, widely believed to have pioneered the Irish-punk genre, having debuted in 1990, prior to other modern Irish Punk bands, their website states.

The band was formed in 1990 by Fintan (Finny) McConnell, and Barry Williams as a one-off for a St. Patrick's Day party.

But since then The Mahones have distilled 10 albums, spanning Draggin' The Days, Rise Again, The Hellfire Club Sessions, and Here Comes Lucky, to Paint The Town Red - The Best Of, Live At The Horseshoe, Take No Prisoners, The Irish Punk Collection, Whiskey Devils - A Tribute To The Mahones.

There's also that very-rare cassette Clear The Way.

The Black Irish Album, The Mahones' seventh studio album, was released with a tribute album in 2011, featuring 20 international bands covering Mahones' songs.

Bandmates cite influences from The Clash, The Pogues, The Who, The Waterboys and Hüsker Dü.

Despite line-up changes, McConnell and Williams remain, noting Pogues' Terry Woods and Phil Chevron joined their 2003 tour.

The Mahones have also shared global stages with The Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, Billy Bragg, Chuck Ragan, The UK Subs, Sick Of It All, The Defects, Agnostic Front, The Buzzcocks, and D.O.A.


Your ticket

What: The Mahones

When: Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

Where: Duncan Garage Showroom

Tickets: $25, $20 advance. Call 250-748-7246




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