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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 McKenzie, 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 a 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.”

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

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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Upcoming Tours & Events

Friday July 25th

Wild At Heart

Berlin, Germany

Saturday July 26th

Punk Rock Superbowl

Dresden - Rosswein, Germany w/ The Dictators

Sunday July 27th

Fluff Festival

Pilsen, Czech Republic

Monday July 28th

Sidro Club

Rimini, Italy

Tuesday July 29th

Festa Dell Unita

Canonica (Monza Brianza) Italy

Wednesday July 30th

Alte Hackerei

Karlsruhe, Germany

Thursday July 31st

Sedel

Luzern, Switzerland

Friday August 1st

AU

Frankfurt, Germany

Saturday August 2nd

UJZ Peine

Peine, Germany w/ Agent Orange

Sunday August 3rd

Panic Room

Essen, Germany

Monday August 4th

Brigant

Arnhem, Netherlands

Tuesday August 5th

Joe Shithead Keithley plays D.O.A. unplugged acoustic show

Hafenklang

Germany w/ Agent Orange

Wednesday August 6th

Blitz

Oslo, Norway

Thursday August 7th

Way Out Festival

Gothenborg, Sweden

Friday August 8th

Hafermarkt

Flensburg, Germany

Saturday August 9th

Ieper Festival

Ieper, Belgium

Sunday August 10th

Rebellion Festival

Blackpool, U.K.

*Joe Shithead Keithley to play an acoustic show as well

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