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Real McKenzies

Real McKenzies Genre SDR Band


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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D.O.A. Canadian Dates

Wednesday September 16th

Jimmy Jazz

Guelph, ON

Thursday September 17th

MANA Steel Plant

Hamilton, ON

Rally for United Steelworkers Local #1005

Thursday September 17th

This Ain’t Hollywood

Hamilton, ON

Friday September 18th

Roxy Theatre Side Room

Barrie, ON

Saturday September 19th

Main Stage Riot Fest

Downsview Park

Toronto, ON

2 PM set time

Saturday September 19th

Bovine Sex Club

Toronto, ON

Sunday September 20th

The Mustache

Oshawa, ON

Monday September 21st

Windsor Tavern

Van Kleek Hill, ON

Tuesday September 22nd


Montreal, QC

USA East Coast Dates

Wednesday September 23rd


Salem, MA

Thursday September 24th

Firehouse 13

Providence, RI

Friday September 25th

Kung Fu Necktie

Philadelphia, PA

Saturday September 26th

Bowery Electric

New York City, NY

Sunday September 27th

Amityville Music Hall

Amityville, NY

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Canadian Dates

Tuesday September 29th

Joe Keithley Solo Acoustic Show

Cherry Cola's

Rock 'n' Rolla

Cabaret & Lounge

Toronto, ON

Tuesday October 6th

Spirit Bar

Nelson, BC

Wednesday October 7th

Byng Roadhouse

Cranbrook, BC

Thursday October 8th

The Vat

Red Deer, AB

Friday October 9th


Edmonton, AB

Saturday October 10th

Joe Keithley solo show 3 PM

Cask & Barrel

Edmonton, AB

Saturday October 10th

Nite Owl

Calgary, AB

Saturday November 7th

Rickshaw Theatre

Vancouver, BC

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