There is a first time for everything. Last Friday I visited a folk punk concert for the first time in my life. The program of the evening consisted of the support acts The McGonagalls and Circle J and of course the headliner The Mahones. Before the show I had some really nice interviews with the last two bands, which made that unfortunately I missed the McGonagalls. But I got a party anyway. Circle J shows what the Netherlands have to offer when it comes to folk punk.
The bagpipe was a bit predominating in volume but this instrument is not somewhat difficult to arrange in volume. Besides this technical point nothing but praise for the men and woman of this formation from Utrecht. A good warm-up for the real show of the evening: The Mahones. The men and woman of this Canadian band have a special bond with Amsterdam already since 1998, it’s their home when it comes to European tours. Not surprising therefore that the only Dutch show was played here in de Melkweg. I’m not yet really familiar with the folk punk so I’m sorry but I can’t really say anything about the setlist but you can read it in this article, I can say that The Mahones were one big party. The band played a hell of a show, the crowd went crazy, even I danced, what a party! I couldn’t wish a better graduation party!