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Real McKenzies

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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

D.O.A.

Wednesday June 1st

Fire Creek

Flagstaff, AZ

Thursday June 2nd

Summit Music Hall

Denver, CO

w/ The Buzzcocks

Thursday June 3rd

Filling Station

Bozeman, Montana

Saturday June 4th

Emerald of Siam

Richland, WA

Thursday June 23rd

Lee's Palace

Toronto, ON

w/ Flag

Friday June 24th

Amnesia Rock Festival

Montebello, QC

Saturday June 25th

The Red Dog

Peterborough, ON

Sunday June 26th

Maxwell's

Waterloo, ON

Friday July 8th

Breaking Borders Festival

Bremen Germany

Saturday July 9th

Jarocin Festival

Jarocin, Poland

Monday July 11th

Den Bristol Squat

Gent, Belgium

Tuesday July 12th

Gibus

Paris, France

w/ MDC

Wednesday July 13th

Vive Le Punk Festival

Callac, France

Thursday July 14th

Kreativ Fabrik

Weisbaden, Germany

Friday July 15th

Back To The Future Festival

Glaubitz, Germany

w/TSOL

Saturday July 16th

Chelsea

Vienna, Austria

Sunday July 17th

Club Buben

Prague, Czech Republic

Tuesday July 19th

Underwerket

Copenhagen, Denmark

Wednesday July 20th

Hafenklang

Hamburg, Germany

Thursday July 21st

Wild At Heart

Berlin, Germany

Friday July 22nd

The Tube

Dusseldorf, Germany

Saturday July 23rd

New Cross Inn

London, UK

Sunday 24th

The Fleece

Bristol, UK

Monday July 25th

Hairy Dog

Derby, UK

Tuesday July 26th

Music City

Antwerp, Belgium

Wednesday July 27th

Immerhin, Würzburg

Germany

Thursday July 28th

Podparou Festival

Vyskov, Czech Republic

Friday July 29th

Kanal Rock Festival

Horten, Norway

Friday August 19th

The Legion

Prince George, BC

Saturday August 20th

Festival

Fort St. James, BC

Friday September 9th

Pemberton Hotel

Pemberton, BC

Saturday September 10th

Village Green

Vernon, BC

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