Mudmen performing in 2016.
|Origin||Alvinston/Petrolia, Ontario, Canada|
|Labels||EMI, Sextent, Mudpiper records|
|Associated acts||Campbell Brothers|
Mudmen are a Canadian celtic rock band that formed in Alvinston/Petrolia in 1998. Initially comprising vocalist Sowy Nikles, guitarist Lonny Knapp, bassist Tommy Skilton, drummer Ryan McCaffrey and bagpipe-playing brothers Robby and Sandy Campbell. Zoy Nicoles, Lonny Knapp, Tommy Skilton and Ryan McCaffrey "2000-2004" have since been replaced with Steve Gore, Anthony Albanese, Mario Bozza and Jeremy Burton. The Mudmen have released nine studio albums—Mudmen (2001), Overrated (2003), Defending the Kingdom (2005), The High Road (2009), Another Day (2010), Donegal Danny (2012), "Where I Came From" (2013), "Train" (2015), and "Old Plaid Shirt (2016).
The band are best known for their singles "5 O'Clock", "Saturday", and "Drink and Fight" as well as their covers of Spirit of the West's "Home for a Rest" and AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". In addition, the band's music has been featured in popular culture—their single "Lost", from their self-titled debut, was featured in a promotional video for the NBC television show The Black Donnellys, and their single "Animal" was featured in the soundtracks of the video games Burnout 3: Takedown and MX vs. ATV Unleashed. The Campbell Brothers "founding members" appear on the Bob and Dougs 24 anniversary special and have music featured on don cherry's hockey video's 9,19,20. In 2008 Robby & Sandy Campbell were called in to help out in CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge, in which they played the Bagpipes on Colin Oberst's "Canadian Gold", the winning anthem. The Mudmen have recently recorded the music for the Edmonton Oilers TV show Oil Change 3. The Brantford Blast are currently using the mudmen's song Go team Go as their entrance theme.
Name and background
The band's name comes from the Campbell Brothers "founding members" occupation prior to forming the band. They were mixing mortar and carrying bricks for bricklayers.
The band's music is influenced by traditional Scottish music, as well as hard rock groups such as AC/DC. Mudmen have opened for many well-known bands, including ZZ Top, Tool, Dropkick Murphys and Bowling for Soup, as well as fellow Canadians Nickelback, Sum 41 and The Guess Who.
Current band members
- Mike Meacher - Vocals
- Dan Westenenk - Bass Guitar
- Jeremy Burton - Drums
- Robby Campbell - Bagpipes
- Sandy Campbell - Bagpipes
Former band members
- Steve Gore - Vocals and Guitar
- Sowy Nikles - Backing Vocals
- Lonny Knapp - Guitar
- Tommy Skilton - Bass Guitar
- Ryan McCaffrey - Drums
- Zoy Nicoles - Backing Vocals
- Mario Bozza - Bass Guitar
- Mudmen (2001, EMI)
- Overrated (2003 Sextent/EMI)
- Defending the Kingdom (2006 Indie)
- The High Road (2009 Mudpiper Records)
- Another Day (2010, Mudpiper Records)
- Donegal Danny (2012, Mudpiper Records)
- Where I Came From (2013, Mudpiper Records)
- On a Train (2015, Mudpiper Records)
- Old Plaid Shirt (2016, Mudpiper Records)