Irish Punk at its Finest Since 1990!
*2014 Winner for Best Celtic Punk Album - Punk.ie (The Hunger & The Fight)*
*2013 Sirius XM Independent Music Award Nominee – Best Punk Band*
*2012 Independent Music Award Winners for Best Punk Album (The Black Irish)*
From an Irish pub to an Academy Award winning movie: The Mahones have come a long way in 25 years! Heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognized as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around, The Mahones formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1990, and have been working on their own brand of Irish punk ever since. With a working class ethic and a love of classic punk, Finny McConnell formed the band to combine his love of punk rock and his Irish culture. Alongside McConnell are Dom “The Bomb” Whelan, Katie Kaboom, Sean Winter, Sean "Riot" Ryan and a rotating lineup of fantastic musicians.
With nine classic albums under their belt, the band experienced a tremendous surge in popularity upon the release of their 10th album, The Black Irish. It was voted Best Punk Album at The Independent Music Awards (USA), and the band's hit song “Paint The Town Red” was featured in the climactic final fight scene of the 2 x Academy Award-winning film The Fighter. The band was determined to follow-it up with an even bigger, better sound. Their 11th album, Angels & Devils, featured guest musicians Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys), Jake Burns (Still Little Fingers) and Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), and it certainly rose to the challenge. It was the 2012 winner of Best Irish Punk Album, as voted by leading worldwide Irish Punk authorities Shite N Onions (USA), Paddy Rock Radio (USA), Punk.ie (Ireland) and Vandala Concepts (Canada).
In high demand, the Black Irish and Angels & Devils world tour(s) brought The Mahones through 30 countries worldwide, culminating in a double live album which was recorded in summer 2013 during a headline appearance at the 20th anniversary of the Rock Im Ring Festival at Arena Ritten in Italy, in front of an eager audience of 5000. The double live album was released in February, 2014, on The Mahones' new DIY label, Whiskey Devil Records, and has already elicited an abundance of excellent reviews worldwide.
Excited to take their music to bigger and better places, The Mahones returned to the studio in 2014 for their biggest project yet: a double concept album, the first of its kind in Irish punk. The Hunger & The Fight (Part One) was released in October 2014, and was awarded Celtic Rock Album of the Year by Punk.ie (Ireland). The album is a tribute to the band's Irish ancestry, containing both original and traditional Irish folk songs, and features guest musicians like Simon Townshend (The Who), Dave Baksh (Sum 41), and Tony Duggins (The Tossers). The album is set in Dublin, Ireland, and explores Irish traditions and Irish culture, beginning with Brian Boru, the last king of Ireland. The Hunger & The Fight (Part Two) is slated for release in summer 2015, and brings the story from Dublin to New York City, chronicling the saga of the Irish immigrants, the coffin ships, the Irish Brigade (The Fighting 69th) and the first Irish-American president. This completes the epic story, as well as the transition from Irish folk music to Irish punk music.
With songs that have become the essential soundtrack to every punk, young and old, The Mahones have found themselves growing with every year, and are now headlining major festivals around the world, and sharing the stage with their musical heroes. The Mahones are proud to have a long list of TV (Lost Girl, Castle, Killjoys) and movie appearances (The Fighter, Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, Celtic Pride, Dog Park) from their growing repertoire of Irish punk classics.
For the past 25 years, The Mahones have released a slew of successful albums, and are world-renowned for an energy-packed, electrifying live show that has garnered them a worldwide base of dedicated fans.