The first thing that attracts you to Barleyjuice is their uncanny ability to pen songs that sound like they could be straight from a classic Pogues or Flogging Molly album. The second thing that hits you is their wit and prowess in performing them. This is why they're making waves in the celtic community and beyond...
Or maybe it's just that they have nice legs for kilts.
Chuck & Sarah Fishbein, videographers for U2's last tour, caught the band at Rocky Sullivan's, NYC early on and faithfully followed them from venue to venue to create the rough "rockumentary" you see on this website.
Barleyjuice's eponymous first recording was steeped in traditional bagpipe & celtic singing songs. By their second album, Another Round, Swanson & Brewer had written more than half of the material. Encouraged with numerous comparisons to Shane MacGowan & the Pogues, Ronnie Drew, even the Rolling Stones, they staved on with their own original tunes as well as trad favourites. Their tongue-in-cheek element delights audiences thoroughly, in addition to, as Brewer notes, making it difficult for them to sing properly. The six members pilot a barrage of instruments - guitar, fiddle, accordion, bagpipes, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, tinwhistle, piano, bass and drums. Sometimes they even dance.
In 2006, Barleyjuice released their third album, Six Yanks, and stretched their avid fanbase across America and into Europe with the help of such fan sites as MySpace, and a seamless show.
Celticradio.net listeners voted "What's Up Yours?" Song of the Year for 2005. In 2006, Six Yanks made #14 on Paddy Rock Radio's Top Twenty short list (paddyrock.com), and "Whiskey To The Sea" was listener-voted ShowStopper Track on CelticFolkPod.com, as well as included on iTunes Celtic Essentials Collection.
This year marks the birth of the band's fourth offspring, Bonny Prince Barley, including immediately lauded crowd favourites like Weekend Irish, Swig, and a cover of The Clash's London Calling.
Celtic Radio Comments:
Barleyjuice has always been one of Celtic Radio's favorite and most recommend bands to purchase their CD or better yet – to see them perform in pure Barleyjuice fashion at one of their pumped-up rockin concerts.
What makes Barleyjuice so special is they have combined all of the attributes of a great rock band; the promotion, the music and the mystic all into one definite package called ‘Barleyjuice.’ At the heart of their success is simply just a great group of guys that love to play Celtic Rock music and it shows in their latest CD “Bonny Prince Barley.”
These boys know how to have fun, know how to rock and know how to party. Bonny Prince Barley is a culmination of seasoned raw musical talent combined with a stellar line up hard driving tracks like, “London Calling”, “Swig” and “Drunkard’s Ambassadors.” But surprisingly, Barleyjuice can switch gears with the smooth and full body songs of “Jo'rneyman's Song”, “Hard Life of Ivan MacRae” and “Bleary-Eyed Beauty.” Like a fine draught beer in the late evening hours, these songs will have you humming and singing to their beautiful arranged chorus (raise your beer high now!).
There are just some things in life you can not do without, and for us a cold black lager and Barleyjuice’s latest CD is it. While we can not help you with the lager (visit your local pub or retailer), we can direct you to some of the finest Celtic Rock music released this year. Visit the links below to pick up your copy today. 5 Golden Draft Celtic Radio Stars for the band that keeps on rockin!