November 25, 2008
Milwaukee Celtic-Rock band, REILLY, is pleased to announce the release of “Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” on Oglio Records of Torrence, CA. The album will be available online and in retail stores on October 21st, 2008.
Melding familiar holiday standards with the high energy Celtic-Rock that REILLY has become known for throughout the Midwest, “Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” also features a trio of REILLY original compositions including the hilarious “Dear Santa (I Can Explain)”; the touching “Bells Over Boston”; and “For You On Christmas”, a tribute to our troops fighting overseas.
“Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” is the follow up to the band’s 2007 release “Saints of the Ocean”, and also serves as the debut album with new label Oglio Records (Beatallica, Nerf Herder, George Lopez, etc).
Recorded (somewhat ironically) by Shane Olivo throughout the summer of 2008, the album also features guest performances by Milwaukee musical mainstays Chris Conrad, Mitch Cooper, Matt Ostlund, John Steffes, members of
the Mighty Lumberhorn, and nationally renown bag-piper Kimberly Siegel.
According to vocalist/guitarist Michael “Tinker” Tierney, “Reilly has built a name for ourselves by blending Celtic heritage with modern rock energy. “Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” gives us a chance to share our sound with an audience that possibly wouldn’t be exposed to what we do on their own, and at the same time allows Celtic music fans to celebrate the Holidays with the music they’ve always known, but finally mashed up with the music they love.”
Celtic Radio Comments:
If you like Santa Claus, Black 47 and Flogging Molly, then you will love this great new group from Milwaukee called "Reilly." Their most recent album, "Kick Ass Celtic Christmas" is a high powered, rocking Christmas album that leaves us speechless with a smile! (Someone get me some Winter Lager!)
In the never ending world of Celtic music we are always looking for that one group or album that breaks new ground with originality, great tunes and leaves us with a smile on our face. Reilly's "Kick Ass Celtic Christmas" does all three. The album contains alot of fun tunes that will put you in the Christmas spirit in no time. Again, this album is not for the faint hearted, but for our true Celtic Rock friends that believe in rocking around the Christmas tree (in a Kilt with some Guinness) all the way to New Years Eve!
Some of our favorite tracks are "Paddy's Christmas", "Father Christmas" (lets not forgot about the kids with nothing - powerful), and the tried and true "Christmas in Killarney." We highly recommend "Kick Ass Christmas" to those looking to cheer up their Christmas fast. A vigorous, robust blast of Celtic Rocking Christmas - 5 stars from Celtic Radio!