Band Profile

The Mahones

The Mahones
Hometown: Ontario, Canada Current Label: Whiskey Devil Records Websites: MySpace Profile
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Band Members: Finny McConnell - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Songwriter
Dom "The Bomb" Whelan - Drums, Vocals
Kevan Williams - Bass, Vocals
Sean Winter - Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals
Katie McConnell - Accordion, Vocals

The Mahones Bio:

Canada's favorite Irish Punk Rockers The Mahones were formed in 1990 at the end of the bar at the now legendary Toucan Irish Pub in Kingston, (Ontario, Canada), over 100's of pints of Guinness Irish Stout and 1000's of shots of Jamesons Irish Whiskey. It was the brilliant idea of Dublin-born Finny McConnell and his musical brother/mentor Barry Williams to put together a band that sounded like The Clash, The Pogues, The Who, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, The Waterboys, Husker Du and The Dubliners with a dash of Social Distortion and The Replacements and a name that rhymed with The Ramones. Once this Irish rock and roll stew was complete and with the band motto "Give it all you got, or forget about it" (Joe Strummer) , a one off gig was booked on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. Go figure. The world has never been the same since that day!! AAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!

Eight cd's have now been released (Draggin' The Days, Rise Again, The Hellfire Club Sessions, Here Comes Lucky, Paint The Town Red, Live At The Horseshoe, Take No Prisoners and The Irish Punk Collection). Many of our friends have made guest appearances on these recordings including Mary Margaret O'Hara, Johnny Fay and Gord Sinclair (Tragically Hip), Ian D'Sa (Billy Talent), Scruffy Wallace (Dropkick Murphy's), Colin Cripps (Crash Vegas, Kathleen Edwards), Ian Thornley (Big Wreck, Thornley), Kevin Hearns (Barenaked Ladies) and Kevin Quain (The Mad Bastards). As for touring, The Mahones have been on too many tours to count. Europe, Scandinavia , Australia and North America have been the usual stomping grounds for these Irish Punk Legends.

Led by Irish-Paddy Punk Pioneer/Singer/Guitarist and Songwriter Finny McConnell with Dominic "The Bomb' Whelan (Drums/Vocals), Kevan Williams (Bass/Vocals), Katie McConnell (Accordian/Vocals) and a revolving line-up of fantastic musicians, this Irish gang of rockers have played at many major concerts and festivals in Europe (Folkwoods, Huntenpop), Australia (National Celtic Festival) and North America (Guinness Fleadh, NYC, Molson Park Canada Day - Toronto, George St Festival - St. John, Newfoundland etc.). The Mahones have shared stages around the world alongside legends such as Shane MacGowan and The Popes, The Band, D.O.A., Against Me, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Steve Earle, Sinead O'Connor, Flogging Molly, Spirit Of The West, The Dubliners, Christy Moore and even Van Morrison to name a few. More recently, Terry Woods and Phil Chevron of The Pogues joined The Mahones on stage for a tour of Central and East Coast Canada and Scuffy Wallace of The Dropkick Murphy's joined The Mahones onstage for two shows as our Tin Whistle player in Toronto and Montreal on the last DKM Canadian tour.

Recently, The Mahones have "HEADLINED" at The Strummercamp Festival with Billy Bragg (Manchester, England), The Festival Interceltique (Lorient, France- the biggest in Europe), Irlanda In Festa 09 Festival (Bolongna, Italy), Minneapolis Irish Fair (Minnesota, USA), Disneyland St. Patricks Day Festival (Paris, France), Potsdam Celtic Rock Festival (Potsdam, Germany), Big Irish Night Festival (Amsterdam, Holland), The Toronto Festival of Beer in Fort York (Toronto, Canada), Jena Celtic Festival (Jena, Germany), Koeinpop Festival (Horst, Holland), Stewart Park Festival (Perth, Canada), The National Celtic Festival (Portarlington, Australia), The Freemont Street St. Patrick’s Festival (Las Vegas, USA), Deerlyck Folk Festival (Deerlyck, Belguim), The Fergus Highland Games Festival (Fergus, Canada), Castle Festival (Soligen, Germany), Capital City Celtic Festival (Ottawa, Canada), Huntenpop Festival (Ulft, Holland), East Coast Festival (London, Canada), Celtic Transhumances Festival (Laas, France), Yonge St Festival (Toronto, Canada), The South Carolina Irish/Scottish Festival (Anderson, USA), City Festival (Lennestadt, Germany) and The Celtic Nights Festival (Vienna, Austria).

Over the years the music of The Mahones has appeared in several places other than their previously mentioned cd's, including being asked to perform The Pogues Christmas classic "Fairytale of New York" on CBC's The Hour 2007 Christmas special. The Mahones also did the co-writing and recording of title track for the Hollywood Pictures movie "Celtic Pride" (Wally High/The Mahones) featuring Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern, and Dan Akroyd which was composed specifically for the film. The song 100 Bucks was showcased in the movie " Dog Park ", featuring Natasha Henstridge, Luke Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, as well as Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from Kids in the Hall. The Mahones also made a special St. Patrick's day appearance to sing the Canadian and American national anthems at the Air Canada Center for the Toronto Raptors, and then there was the time that they blah blah blah...

Now with a new cd "The Black Irish Album" coming out this fall 2009, The Mahones are planing a North Amercian Tour with very special guests The Popes and Ray Gange (The Clash - Rude Boy) and also in Europe in Feb/Mar 2010.


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