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    The Real McKenzies

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Scots 'Round The World lyrics
    2Bonnie Mary lyrics
    3Will Ye Be Proud lyrics
    4Tae The Battle lyrics
    5Ballad Of Jon Silver lyrics
    6Bastards lyrics
    7The Night The Lights Went Out In Scotland lyrics
    8Heather Bells lyrics
    9Bugger Off lyrics
    10Auld Mrs. Hunt lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Oot & Aboot [2003]
    2Loch'd & Loaded [2001]
    3Real McKenzies [1995]
    410,000 Shots [2005]
    5Clash Of The Tartans [2000]


    Paul McKenzie - Lead Vocals
    Dirty Kurt Robertson - Guitar, Vocals
    Jamie Fawkes - Bass Guitar
    The Bone - Guitar, Vocals
    Brad Attitude - Drums
    Matt MacNasty - Bagpipes

    The modern-day Celtic bards known as the Real McKenzies hail from Vancouver, BC and are a punk band deeply rooted in their Scottish heritage with a sound best described as the Sex Pistols meet Scottish folk legend Robbie Burns. The Scottish term Ceilidh (pronounced kee-lee), is the main reason why the Real McKenzies formed and their chief inspiration. Ceilidh, according to the McKenzies, is a Gaelic word meaning "A wicked party which carries on for days". Founded by frontman Paul McKenzie in 1992, he cites his family as another motivating factor, "As a lad, my parents and grandparents would dress me up in a kilt and make me sing and dance to traditional Scottish music. Starting a Scottish punk band is my way of getting revenge!" You're probably wondering how it is that group of Canadians can rightly rollick and roam the countryside in the name of Scotland. Paul offers an explanation, "A great many Scots immigrated to Canada. Ya see, the Scottish went north and the Irish went south...as they often do."

    The McKenzies have just finished up recording their latest full length Oot & Aboot, at San Francisco's esteemed Motor Studios with Ryan Greene. Oot & Aboot is their 2nd record for Honest Don's, and the follow-up to their breakthrough, Loch'd & Loaded. No doubt about it though, this is their best sounding record thus far as it's also the first time these drunks recorded at a proper studio.

    TRM are proven warriors of the road, having toured North America six times and Europe (where they draw huge crowds) five times. They've toured and played shows with Rancid, Shane MacGowan, NOFX, Flogging Molly, The Bay City Rollers (yep, it's true), The Briefs, and many more. Always touring, always drinking, and always rockin', the haggis-fueled McKenzie clan is hearty bunch that desires only to bring their brand of Celtic punk rock to every remote corner of the globe. Dirty Kurt puts it best, "We've been through tons of members, tons of broken bones, and tons of beer." Their unending tour schedule would make William Wallace himself exhausted. 2003 is shaping up to be a banner for the 'Kenzies as they played over 30 sold out shows on the North American Fat Tour.

    Always performing in full Highland regalia, the Real McKenzies are a true credit to their ancestors. For their live show they don kilts, high stockings, and sporrans (those weird belt thingies). You have to experience the a live McKenzie show to see it's not entirely traditional, but hands down the rowdiest punk show this side of Glasgow! These inclusive punks see to it that everyone has a good time and a stiff drink in their hand.

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