The Mahones

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The Mahones
The Mahones performing in 2010
The Mahones performing in 2010
Background information
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
GenresCeltic punk
Years active1990–present
LabelsWhiskey Devil Records
MembersFinny McConnell
Katie "Kaboom" McConnell
Guillaume Lauzon
Sean "Riot" Ryan
Michael O'Grady
Scruffy Wallace
Past membersJoe Chithalen
Mauro Sepe
Owen Warnica
Andrew Brown
GerDom "The Bomb" Whelan
Chris Scahill
Chris Smirnios
Miranda Mulholland
Ewen McIntosh
Paul "Cuzo" Mancuso
Jon Kane
Sean Winter
Mike Franey

The Mahones are a Canadian Irish punk band, formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1990, in Kingston, Ontario.


The Mahones were formed in 1990 by Dublin-born[1] Finny McConnell, as a one-off band for a St. Patrick's Day party.[2] Encouraged by a positive reception, McConnell decided to pursue the band full-time.[3] The Mahones have released thirteen albums to date with their most recent, Love, Death, & Redemption, being released in 2018.

The Mahones’ music has appeared in several major films. They co-wrote and recorded the title track for the 1996 film Celtic Pride. Their song "100 Bucks" was featured in the 1998 film Dog Park. Their song "Paint The Town Red 2010" was featured in the climactic final fight scene of the 2010 film The Fighter.[4] Their song "A Little Bit of Love" is in the 2011 film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy.

The Mahones have shared stages and toured with bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, Billy Bragg, Chuck Ragan, UK Subs, Sick of It All, The Defects, Agnostic Front, The Buzzcocks, D.O.A., Against Me, The Tragically Hip, Crash Vegas, The Damned, Suicidal Tendencies, The Prodigy, Gwar, Skunk Anansie, Blue Rodeo, Steve Earle, The Alarm, Sinéad O'Connor, Roger Miret and the Disasters, Dylan Walshe, Flogging Molly, Spirit of the west, The Dubliners, Christy Moore, The Band and Van Morrison. The band’s cited influences included The Clash, The Pogues, Greenland Whalefishers, The Who, and Hüsker Dü. The group’s lineup has changed a number of times, with McConnell and Whelan as the main constant members. Pogues members Terry Woods and Phil Chevron joined the band on tour in 2003.[5]

In 1999, bassist Joe Chithalen died in Amsterdam shortly after a concert. He had accidentally ingested food containing peanuts, to which he was allergic. The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library, Joe’s M.I.L.L., was established in Kingston soon after by Wally High. The Mahones perform fundraising concerts for Joe's M.I.L.L. annually.[6]

In 2010, The Mahones started their own record label, Whiskey Devil Records, and signed a distribution deal with eOne Music.[7]

In 2014, The Mahones were nominated Best Punk Band at the Sirius XM Indie Awards.[8] In 2012, The Mahones' album The Black Irish won the Independent Music Award for Best Punk Album,[9] and Angels & Devils won Paddy Rock Radio's album of the year,[10] as well as Vandala Concepts' album of the year [11]

In 2016, Scruffy Wallace joined the band as their new bagpipe player. Wallace quit the Dropkick Murphys after 12 years with the band. That same year, Guillaume Lauzon (formerly with Canadian psychobilly band The Brains) joined the band as their new drummer.


The Mahones cite The Pogues as a main influence. That band were originally called Pogue Mahone (an anglicisation of an Irish phrase meaning "kiss my arse"), but later shortened it to The Pogues. "The Mahones" is seen as similarly derived from Pogue Mahone, as a tribute to The Pogues.[12]


Current members

Former members


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
1994 Draggin' the Days
1996 Rise Again
1999 The Hellfire Club Sessions
2001 Here Comes Lucky
2006 Take No Prisoners
2010 The Black Irish
2012 Angels & Devils
2014 The Hunger & The Fight (Pt. 1)
2015 The Hunger & The Fight (Pt. 2)
2016 25 Years of Irish Punk (The Very Best)
2019 Love + Death + Redemption
2020 Unplugged

Live albums[edit]

Year Album
2003 Live at the Horseshoe
2014 A Great Night on the Lash (Live in Italy)


Year Album
2004 Paint the Town Red
2008 Irish Punk Collection
2010 Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to the Mahones
2019 The Irish Songs


Year Album
1993 Clear the Way


Year Single CAN AC Album
1996 "100 Bucks" 45 Rise Again
1997 "Rise Again" 52
1999 "When It Comes Around" The Hellfire Club Sessions
"This Old Town"
2001 "One Last Shot" Here Comes Lucky
2006 "A Little Bit of Love" (with Damhnait Doyle) Take No Prisoners
2010 "Give It All Ya Got" The Black Irish
2011 "A Great Night on the Lash" The Black Irish


  1. ^ "Finny McConnell". Facebook. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  2. ^ [1] Archived December 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "More than drinking songs - Queen's Journal". March 9, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Fighter (I) (2010) : Soundtracks". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "THE MAHONES (20th Anniversary Tour) | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Mahones Raise over $3,100 for Joe's M.I.L.L. Update! | Joe's M.I.L.L". April 13, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Mahones - Live in Italy". East Coast Kitchen Party. March 8, 2013. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "2014 Nominees/Winners | INDIES". January 24, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "11th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced!" Independent Music Awards, May 2, 2012. Retrieved on September 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "BEST OF CELTIC ROCK & PUNK FOR 2012". Paddy Rock. December 7, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Vandala Concepts Ezine - January 2013 - The Mahones - Bringing a New Meaning to Being Independent". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  12. ^ Bill Jolliemore (October 8, 2014). "The Mahones at Landsdowne Pub in Boston, MA on 21-Sep-2014". National Rock Review. Retrieved May 4, 2016.