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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.

Albums (6)
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Hits 8247
Upcoming Tours & Events

D.O.A.

Tuesday April 12th

World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Whistler, BC

Thursday April 14th

The Cambie

Nanaimo, BC

Friday April 15th

Lasqueti Hall

Lasqueti Island, BC

Saturday April 16th

Jack's Pub

Tofino, BC

Sunday April 17th

The Distrikt

Victoria, BC

Doors @ 7pm

Friday May 13th

The Shakedown

Bellingham, WA

Monday May 23rd

Duffy's

Salem, OR

Tuesday May 24th

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

Wednesday May 25th

Petie's Place

Tarzana, CA

Thursday May 26th

The Festival Hall

Santa Ana, CA

w/ The Dickies

Friday May 27th

The Casbah

San Diego, CA

Saturday May 28th

Los Globos

Los Angeles, CA

w/ Guttermouth

Sunday May 29th

Las Vegas Country Saloon

Las Vegas, NV

Canadian Night w/ The Dayglo Abortions

Monday May 30th

Club Red

Mesa, AZ

Tuesday May 31st

Gaslamp

Long Beach, CA

Wednesday June 1st

Fire Creek

Flagstaff, AZ

Thursday June 2nd

Summit Music Hall

Denver, CO

w/ The Buzzcocks

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

Saturday July 9th

Jarocin Festival

Jarocin, Poland

Tuesday July 12th

Gibus

Paris, France

w/ MDC

Wednesday July 13th

Vive Le Punk Festival

Callac, France

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

Thursday July 28th

Podparou Festival

Vyskov, Czech Republic

Friday August 19th

The Legion

Prince George, BC

Saturday August 20th

Festival

Fort St. James, BC

Audio Visceral

Thursday January 14th

Montreal, QC

Bar L'Escogriffe

w/ The Fandemics, Neck, Quarter Tank

Audio Visceral

Friday January 15th

Ottawa, ON

House of Targ

w/ The Fandemics, Neck, Quarter Tank

Audio Visceral

Saturday January 16th

Toronto, ON

Bovine Sex Club

w/ The Fandemics, Neck, Quarter Tank

Audio Visceral

Friday January 29th

Vankleek Hill, ON

Windsor Tavern

w/ Kman and The 45s and Lost Love

Audio Visceral

Friday February 19th

Guelph, ON

Jimmy Jazz

w/ Snacks?, The Graffiti Crimes

Audio Visceral

Saturday February 20th

Toronto, ON

Handlebar

w/ The Nasties, Snacks?, The Graffiti Crimes

Audio Visceral

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