FIRKIN

FIRKIN

 Budapest, Budapest, HUN
BandFolkPunk

The band's temperamental music is of Punk, Irish and Hungarian roots. The intentions of this well-endowed gang of musicians are not kept a secret: to relax, to unwind, to make you dance, to fill you up with happy energy.

Biography

The Hungarian Grammy Award-winning FIRKIN have played over 600 concerts in 17 countries– CAN, FR, UK, CH, ES, NL, BE, DE, IT, AT, CZ, PL, SRB, SK, RO, UA, HU. Within 9 years Firkin have become one of the best headliner acts of small and medium-sized festivals and a frequently requested band by major festivals as well as prestigious venues.

2009 Their 1st album entitled Firkinful Of Beer (Universal Music) became golden album within a year and the title song was listed on a compilation album of the world's best folk bands.   

2010 Firkinful Of Beer was nominated for Hungarian Grammy Award (Fonogram) followed by five further nominations (2013 - WHUP!, 2014 - Igyunk Pálinkát, 2016 - Finger In The Pie - winner!, 2017 - Start Again, 2018 – Into The Night)

2011 With their song entitled Lord Of The Dance, Firkin ruled Celtic Radio Charts for 4 consecutive months in Canada and Germany that was followed up with a 5-stage Canadian tour and several headliner shows all across Europe.

2012 Firkin recorded their 1st live DVD entitled Keep On Firkin

2013 Firkin composed a unique semi-theatrical performance entitled Jumpin’ John at Palace of Arts (Müpa Budapest - Hungary's best known cultural institution) 

2014 Firkin released their 5th LP album entitled Finger in the Pie, which received praising reviews by acknowledged international bloggers and magazines. Firkin’s live energy rocked two major festivals as well: Wacken W:O:A 2014 (DE), for the first time and Sziget 2014 (HU) for the fourth consecutive year.

2015 Firkin was mentioned among the very bests on international toplists.

The band was honoured to play with Flogging Molly.

Hungarian National Music TV broadcast Firkin’s 7th birthday concert @ Akvárium Klub, Budapest.

2016 Firkin celebrated NYE at the legendary Dublin Castle, London.

After winning Hungarian Grammy Awards (Fonogram 2016), Firkin was nominated ​for Independent Music Awards (​USA​) in the category of Rock/Hard Rock Album!​

​Firkin’s platinum hit ‘Focimese’ became the official song of the Hungarian football team at UEFA EURO 2016 on compilation album Bon Voyage (June 2016​)​!​

2017 Firkin headlined numerous festivals with their crazy energy all across Europe and invaded the main stages of major festivals like Summer Breeze (GER), Rockharz (GER), Czad Festiwal (PL), Sziget Festival (HU) in the framework of Into The Night Tour.

2018 The now six-time Fonogram nominee released their 6th LP entitled We Are The Ones with a double release show in Budapest and Vienna.

“Firkin are finally back with a full CD. Probably one of the best live bands in the continent, the band from Budapest has always released amazing albums. (...) Nobody could expect this master piece after their great “Into the Night” EP from 2017. “Into the Night” was very, very good, but “We are the Ones” is a true gem: great production, perfect sound and a band at the peak of its career." - Waldo Kinksmarkham

2018-2019 On 27th October, 2018, Firkin are celebrating their 10th birthday with a mind-blowing concert show followed by their 10th anniversary autumn-winter tour all across Europe

Lyrics

Over Here

Written By: traditional,Firkin, Firkin

oh the praties they grow small over here over here
oh the praties they grow small over here
oh the praties they grow small and we dig them in the fall
and we eat them skin and all over here over here

oh I wish that we were geese night and morn' night and morn'
oh I wish that we were geese night and morn'
oh I wish that we were geese for they fly and take their ease
and they live and die in peace eating corn eating corn

oh we're trampled in the dust over here over here
oh we're trampled in the dust over here
oh we're trampled in the dust but the Lord in who we trust
will give us crumb for crust over here over here

Eileen Og

Written By: traditional


Eileen Og sure that the darling name is
Through the barony her features they were famous
If we loved her then who is there to blame us
For wasn't she the pride of Petravore?
But her beauty made us all so shy
Not a man could look her in the eye
Boys, O boys, sure that's reason why
We're in mourning for the pride of Petravore
Eileen Og my heart is growing grey
Ever since the day you wondered far away
Eileen Og there’s good fish in the see
But there's none of them like the Pride of Petravore

Boys, O boys, with fate 'tis hard to grapple
To me eyes this Eileen was the apple
Now to see her walkin' to the chapel
With the hardest featured man in Petravore
Boys, O Boys, this is all I have to say
When you do your courting make no display
If you want them to run after you just walk the other way
For they're mostly like the Pride of Petravore

Eileen Og my heart is growing grey
Ever since the day you wondered far away
Eileen Og there’s good fish in the see
But there's none of them like the Pride of Petravore

The British Army

Written By: traditional

When I was young I used to be as fine a man as ever you'd see
the Prince of Wales he said to me "come join the British army"
Too ra loo ra loo ra loo they're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
If I had a face like you I'd join the British army

When I was young I had a twist of punching babies with me fist
And I thought I would enlist and join the british army
Too ra loo ra loo ra loo they're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
If I had a face like you I'd join the British army

Sarah Camdon baked a cake it was all for poor old Slattery's sake
I threw meself into the lake pretending I was balmy
Too ra loo ra loo ra loo they're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
If I had a face like you I'd join the British army

Corporal Duff's got such a drought just give him a couple of jars of stout
He'll kill the enemy with his mouth and save the British Army
Too ra loo ra loo ra loo me curse is on the Labour crew
They took your darling boy from you to join the British army

Captain Heeley went away and his wife got in the family way
And all the words that she would say was "Blame the British Army"
Too ra loo ra loo ra loo I've made me mind up what to do
I'll work my ticket home to you and leave the British army

When I was young I used to be as fine a man as ever you'd see
The Prince of Wales he said to me "Come and join the British army."
Too ra loo ra loo ra loo I've made me mind up what to do
I'll work my ticket home to you and hug the British army

Drunken Sailor Song

Written By: traditional

what shall we do with a drunken sailor
what shall we do with a drunken sailor
early in the morning

hooray and up she rises
hooray and up she rises
hooray and up she rises
early in the morning

put him in the long boat till he's sober
put him in the long boat till he's sober
put him in the long boat till he's sober
early in the morning

hooray and up she rises
hooray and up she rises
hooray and up she rises
early in the morning

pull out the plug and wet him all over
pull out the plug and wet him all over
pull out the plug and wet him all over
early in the morning

hooray and up she rises
hooray and up she rises
hooray and up she rises
early in the morning

If I Could Be The Pope

Written By: Barna Marthy,Janos Peter

I was born a catholic and
Raised to be a sceptic
As far as the teaching’s concerned
I knew there was something
I’d always be searching
Through trial and error I learned
That noone will love me
And noone will save me
If I don’t love and I don’t save myself
And nothing from outside
Will bring me to glory
Not all the world’s books on my shelf

But if I could be the Pope
I’d show you the way
All regrets and fears I’d pray away
If I could be the Pope
I’d need no dope
For I’d be providing the best stuff called hope
If I could be the Pope, I would elope
All the virgins loosing their faith
I would sure ditch the rope
For I’d be the Pope
And that would be something with which I could cope
For I’d sure be that Pope.

I was christened unconscious
And grew up so anxious
To see where this whole tale could lead
I learned all commandments and thought I was going to
Be whole no problems indeed
But I found out that all this was highly unlikely to
Leave me forever in peace
And I’d still have the fears and regrets and I would be
always missing a piece.

Ref.

I’ve been tormented by reason
And accused of treason
When my wonderings questioned beliefs
I lived by the rules and was fed with old news
Like a tree without foliage and leaves.
But after a while I grew my own crown
And I knew I would have to get hold of my soul
And I knew that the clues are all given I’d just have to
Find them inside on my own.

But if I could be the Pope...
Oh, if I could be the Pope...
Maybe I should be the Pope...
Oh, if I could be the Pope...

Oh, if I could be the Pope
I would refine
All that is human and all that’s devine
If I could be the Pope
All would be fine
I’d reconcile time-space and business and crime
If I could be the Pope
I’d sing for the world
And I would invite all the saints for a drink
To tell me tall tales of heaven and earth
And grave jokes to laugh about death
Oh maybe I should be the Pope.

Parasite's Lust

Written By: Peter,Marthy,Laszip,Varga

Take a taste from the guts that you drift on
Toward the promised no man’s land and
Taste the smile from the faces that are far above you and don’t pretend to please.

Ring a bell, do the job pray to god and hope
Fight the war for the beast, you’re the prey on the rope
Feed the life of parasites, insecurity is all you need for dope.

Never fail to gulp the dreams that you’re never meant to reach
All the colours of your future are fading out to bleach
Teach your kids to do the same you live though you’re not alive
This is what you’re taught to think, you’re supposed to call it life
Until you die and finally realise your life is on the run
All you leave behind is only ice cubes in the sun
Wear and tear you wave goodbye to a life of hollow fun
Have no choice but see the truth you’ll never be the one.

Make a haste, you’re behind, you can make it
With your back to the light till you break it
Free your mind as you’re told and behave like a loved one who fails to have a choice.

Fail to think on the brim of your fainting soul
Nail the hands of your failing dreams on the wall
Get the phone call 911, if you’re fool enough to think they’ll catch your fall.

Never fail to gulp... (the wonder one)

Take a taste from the guts that you firkin drift on
Towards the promised no man’s land
And get the phone call 911, if you’re fool enough to think they’ll catch your fall.

Never fail to gulp...

Discography

2018 - We Are The Ones (6th LP)

2017 - Into The Night (EP)

2016 - Start Again (SINGLE)

2015 - Revox (EP)

2014 - Finger in the Pie (5th LP)

2013  - Keep on Firkin - Live (4th LP)

2012  - Keep on Firkin - Live (DVD)

2012 - Igyunk pálinkát! (3rd LP) – Hungarian

2010 - Whup! (2nd LP)

2009 - Firkinful of Beer (1st LP)

Set List

Repertoire: 90'-120'
Including songs of Firkin, Flogging Molly.