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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

USA

Friday February 28th

I.O.O.F. Temple

Oak Harbor, WA

Saturday March 1st

Coog's Budget CDs

Port Angeles, WA

Friday March 28th

Tonic Lounge

Portland, Oregon

w/ MDC

Saturday March 29th

Lucky's Tavern

Eugene, Oregon

w/ MDC and The Soothsayers

Friday April 4th

The Hop!

Spokane, WA

Saturday April 5th

Ray's Golden Lion

Richland, WA

AUSTRALIA

Wednesday April 23rd

Hobart Hotel

Hobart, (Tasmania), Australia

Thursday April 24th

The Evelyn

Fitzroy (Melbourne) (VIC) Australia

Friday April 25th

The Basement

Belconnen (Canberra) (ACT) Australia

Saturday April 26th

Hermann's Bar

Sydney University (NSW) Australia

Sunday April 27th

Prince of Wales

Nundah (Brisbane) (QLD) Australia

Monday April 28th

TBC

Joe Keithley Solo Show

(Brisbane) (QLD) Australia

CHINA

Wednesday April 30th

Macau, China TBC

Thursday May 1st

XXX Gallery

Hong Kong, China

Friday May 2nd

Midi Festival

Beijing, China

Saturday May 3rd

Zebra Festival

Chengdu, China

Sunday May 4th

The Vox

Wuhan, China

Monday May 5th

Yuyintang

Shanghai, China

USA

Wednesday June 4th

Jessie's Lounge

Winter Haven, FL

Thursday June 5th

Terra Fermata

Stuart, FL

Friday June 6th

Sports Page

Satellite Beach, FL

Saturday June 7th

West End Trading Company

Sanford, FL

Sunday June 8th

Beachside Tavern

New Smyrna, FL

Wednesday April 30th

Dirty Jersey

Kamloops, BC

Thursday May 1st

Railway Club

Vancouver, BC

Friday May 2nd

Funky Winkerbeans

Vancouver, BC

Saturday May 3rd

Fernando's

Kelowna, BC

D.O.A.

&

Jenny

TBA

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