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The Mahones

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Kingston, ON, Canada (1990 – present)

The Mahones are an Irish-born, Canadian Celtic punk band, who are widely believed to have pioneered the Irish Punk genre, having debuted in 1990, prior to other modern Irish Punk bands.

The band was formed in Kingston, ON, Canada, in 1990 by Fintan “Finny” McConnell and Barry Williams, as a one-off band for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

The Mahones have released ten albums to date (Draggin’ The Days, Rise Again, The Hellfire Club Sessions, Here Comes Lucky, Paint The Town Red - The Best Of, Live At The Horseshoe , Take No Prisoners, The Irish Punk Collection, Whiskey Devils - A Tribute To The Mahones and The Black Irish Album), and one very rare cassette (Clear The Way). The Black Irish Album, The Mahones’ critically-acclaimed 7th studio album, was released along with a tribute album in 2011, featuring 20 international bands covering Mahones’ songs.

The band’s cited influences included The Clash, The Pogues, The Who, The Waterboys and Hüsker Dü. The group’s lineup has changed a number of times, with McConnell and Williams as the main constant members. Pogues members Terry Woods and Phil Chevron joined the band on tour in 2003.

The Mahones have shared stages and toured around the world with legends such as The Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, Billy Bragg, Chuck Ragan, The UK Subs, Sick Of It All, The Defects, Agnositic Front, The Buzzcocks, D.O.A.

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