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Traditional Gentlemen of the Road

by Patrick's Head

Folk Punk
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Mild Case of Something Weird
3:21 $0.99
2. Whose Son Am I
3:54 $0.99
3. You're Already Gone
6:26 $0.99
4. Hey Anna
3:08 $0.99
5. Goin' Away
2:56 $0.99
6. Just Sit There
4:11 $0.99
7. Old Brown Shoes
5:09 $0.99
8. Hear You Cry
4:02 $0.99
9. Given Up On
3:35 $0.99
10. Poor Man Shuffle
4:48 $0.99
11. Cadillac Car
4:15 $0.99
12. To Patsy
6:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Patrick's Head perform monthly at World Café Live to sold-out audiences in Philadelphia and randomly at other venues around the city. They have just released their 3rd and strongest CD, "Traditional Gentlemen Of The Road". Though Patrick's Head are still independent, this new CD has opened many doors for them, receiving radio play, prompting interest and offers from small labels.

John Byrne's Irish accent, Irish humor, and Irish storytelling talents come through on many of these tracks, backed by 2 solid guitarists, Patrick Mansfield and Scott Wikander (both American). The trio has a reputation of high-energy concerts and has built up a loyal following in their home base of Philadelphia.

Their influences are quite polar, pulling from traditional Irish and American Folk with one hand, and Hendrix and Punk with the other. And it works.



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Jenny Alder

Driving Punk Folk with a Celtic twist
Philadelphia based trio Patrick’s Head play with great effect on their individual roots and influences, and have produced a raucous punk folk album guaranteed to make you feel better for listening. Tradtional Gentlemen Of The Road fuses the acoustic guitar of North Jerseyian Scott Wikander, the heavier sound of Philadelphia native Patrick Mansfield and the haunting vocals of Dublin born singer John Byrne to create a happy alchemy of American country, blues and Irish folk songs - introspective songs of love and heartache, telling of experiences and journeys. The first three songs are excellent, and establish their influences - from the raucous opener “Mild Case Of Something Weird” with its bitterly funny and simultaneously upset and angry hook “I can’t miss you if you won’t go”, to the Bible Belt jubilation of “Whose Son Am I?” to the sad bar rooms of the Irish influenced “You’re Already Gone”. The band build up their vocal harmonies and instruments to great effect, exuberant on songs like the good time “Cadillac Car” and menacing on story songs such as “Old Brown Shoes” and “Goin’ Away”. Standout track “Just Sit There” sees Byrne’s powerful and throaty voice spit venom over his lover’s passivity at the demise of a relationship (“I’d swear that you were dead/like all the love and laughter that we shared”) and typifies the passion and driving force Patrick’s Head bring to all the songs here. This, coupled with interesting lyrics which display an ironic sense of humour and realism, and the clear feeling that the band are having the time of their lives, makes for a heady musical concoction.