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Tin Can Hooley

"Ten times better than the Dropkick Murphys!"

So shouted a woman of a certain age after Tin Can Hooley finished a set at the Beachcomber in Quincy, Massachusetts, one Sunday afternoon. While we appreciated the compliment, the comparison is one of apples vs. oranges.

THE SOUND
We hail from Boston and share roots in the local hardcore punk scene, but Tin Can Hooley is not an original rock band that layers traditional instruments atop an electric foundation. For better or worse, we're a folk band that tries our hardest to rock with traditional instruments only: piano, fiddle, button-box accordion, ceilidh-style snare and bass drum, and acoustic 12-string guitar, plus sometimes bouzouki, tin whistle, harmonica, and bagpipes. Not to mention our vocal chords.

THE MATERIAL
Between various and overlapping past combos, we've been playing the old songs, jigs, and reels of Ireland and its diaspora in pubs and other venues around the city of Boston for about a decade and a half. Our live repertoire also includes an unhealthy dose of Pogues covers and a smattering of other more contemporary pub favorites (e.g., the Waterboys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle).

For our debut full-length album, "Racket in the Parlor," we chose to focus on our core traditional material -- mostly Irish with just a dollop or two of Scottish, Cape Breton, and Appalachian music. (RECOMMENDED: Buy the physical CD -- for just a buck more, you get two bonus tracks, the stories behind the songs, and fantastic original artwork by Amy Toxic.)

These time-honored Celtic melodies are just as fresh today as when they were written long ago; they're still full of exuberance and spirit even when sometimes tinged with melancholy. We hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we do making it!

THE PLAYERS

Benny the Fireman -- accordion, tin whistle, harmonica, vocals
Born in 1974 of Irish and Scottish stock, Benny grew up in and around the Boston neighborhood of Brighton. He works as a Boston firefighter as well as a master carpenter and cabinetmaker, running his own business, B&B Carpentry. Benny is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Benny also plays bagpipes as a leading member of the Boston Gaelic Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums band. He played bass (and sometimes the pipes) with Toxic Narcotic, a longtime institution of Boston hardcore crust punk.

Will “Sully” Toxic – six- and twelve-string guitars, bouzouki
Born in 1970 of Irish and Swedish stock, Will grew up in and around Brighton. He works as a carpenter building movie sets with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees’ Boston Local #11.
Will was a founding member of Toxic Narcotic and has also played with hardcore punk bands For the Worse, Mouth Sewn Shut, and NoTox.

Paddy Keys – piano, vocals
Born in 1976 of Irish and (un peu) French stock, Paddy grew up largely in the Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury. He is a writer and editor best known for the pictorial history Boston Then and Now (Thunder Bay, 2009, 2014).
Paddy was a founding member of the Larkin Brigade, which earned a Boston Music Award nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Folk Act. He has also played piano, organ and guitar with punk, rock ‘n’ roll, and trad ska acts including the Sprained Ankles, Ska-Prest, Riki Rocksteady, the Hudson Falcons, Razors in the Night, Wrong Side of the Tracks, and the Molly Maguires.

Heavyset Joe – fiddle, vocals
Born in 1982 of Welsh and Russian stock, Joe grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and moved to Boston in 2003. He is a chef at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain and has also worked at Eastern Standard, Clink (at the Liberty Hotel), Tavern on the Square, and the Cisco Brewery on Nantucket.
Joe was a member of the Larkin Brigade, and has also played fiddle in various country, folk, punk and/or rock acts including Cask Mouse, Cradle to the Grave, the Cham-peons, the Pints, and Gypsy Lube (later Sinti Rhythm).

Dynamite Jack – snare & bass drums
Born in 1979 of Irish stock, Jack grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Boston in 1997. He is a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union.
Jack was a founding member of the Larkin Brigade, and has also played drums in the hardcore punk bands Weapons Grade and Melee as well as with the Boston College Screamin’ Eagles Marching Band.

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