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THE MAHONES vs CATGUT MARY (Shite 'N Onions) Before spending the night on the tiles, you’ll spend the night at the Irish pub and witness a brawl; imagine that. However, there’ll be no fists, no bottle throwing, and no biting as the brawl is of the musical variety between Canada’s The Mahones and Australia’s Catgut Mary. Swinging first, The Mahones, who’ve been around a long time, throw a haymaker with the tin whistle led “Drunken Night in Dublin,” which I’ve heard before and always thought it was Flogging Molly (so that should give you a hint as to the quality of The Mahones). After throwing a couple of fakes, “Paint the Town Red” and “Celtic Pride,” that seem slow but aren’t, The Mahones follow up with the raucous “Whiskey Devils” that’ll have ‘em stomping the pub floor. Quick to counter, the scruffy and salty Catgut Mary swings a wild swing, “Jacky Butler,” that sounds like sea shanties sung by lads on prison ships before landing in Australia’s Botany Bay. Riddling quick jabs, the relentless “Melbourne Tram Song” and “Chinatown Bound” get the energy flowing with nonstop singing and pounding rhythm. Seeing the near end of the fight, Catgut Mary unleashes “Paddy’s Lantern,” that’ll have the crowd pumping one arm in the air while bending the other to down some stout. Now, both bands deliver Irish Punk knockout punches while differing in style. Think of two pints of Guinness: one in a perfect glass (The Mahones) while the other (Catgut Mary) is delivered with a chipped rim. The contents of both are equally magnificent, but one is delivered just a bit rougher-in style only- than the other. And the winner is: all the ears that take in this CD’s blood alcohol fattening music. Psst, over here you back alley gambler. After the eight-song fight, there’s some hidden hi-jinx to be enjoyed. – Denis Sheehan

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