SCROTUMTIGHTENING SEA SHANTIES
BALLADS OF FIRE
SLOW AS SHIT OR FAST AS FUCK
JAMES FEARNLEY (THE POGUES)
TED HUTT (FLOGGING MOLLY)
MARC ORRELL (DROPKICK MURPHYS)
Kieran Mulroney (Low and Sweet Orchestra, Cranky George)
Brad Wood (Cranky George)
Bryan Head (Loads of bands)
THE WALKER ROADERS was a street-gang from Fearnley’s childhood who would slice your thumbprint with a pen-knife if they came across you and felt like it.
In the course of their thirty-year career, the seminal London-Irish folk-punk band, THE POGUES, inspired a generation of Celtic-punk bands. JAMES FEARNLEY, a co-founder and the accordion player for THE POGUES, has teamed up with FLOGGING MOLLY co-founder and Grammy Award-winning producer, TED HUTT, and with DROPKICK MURPHYS’S youthful multi-instrumentalist, MARC ORRELL, to form JAMES FEARNLEY AND THE WALKER ROADERS whose music splices the anthems of Celtic-punk to the poetry of The Pogues.
Fearnley was the last guitarist for the Nipple Erectors, the London-based punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan. In August 1982, MacGowan brought Fearnley in to be the accordion-player for a group to play Irish traditional songs fuelled by the punk ethos. The Pogues took off into international renown and ditched 12 years later after the ejection of their lead singer.
Fearnley left the Pogues in 1993 and formed the group the Low and Sweet Orchestra which released the critically acclaimed album ‘Goodbye to All That’. After the demise of the Low and Sweet Orchestra, Fearnley co-founded ‘a band of one-man-bands’, Cranky George, with brothers Kieran and Dermot Mulroney. The Pogues reunified in 2001 and played around the world until 2014.
Englishman Ted Hutt was a founding member of, original guitarist and songwriter for Flogging Molly. Since leaving the band in the late nineties, Ted has produced upwards of fifty albums, ranging from Lucero, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Street Dogs and Dropkick Murphys to Gaslight Anthem. In 2014 he was awarded a Grammy for his production of Old Crow Medicine Show’s album Remedy.
From Worcester, MA, Marc was ‘the Kid’ in Celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys when, in 2000, at age 17, he joined as guitarist (with a sideline in accordion and piano). After eight years on the road and after making four albums with Dropkick Murphys, Marc quit. As young men do, he went West. In Los Angeles, he’s an indefatigable songwriter and an unbridled performer – playing in the orchestra for Fat Mike’s (NOFX and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) musical, Home Sweet Home, and forming and fronting his own country-punk band, Wild Roses.