The Celtic punk rock bank Happy Ol’ McWeasel came about in 2009 in Maribor, Slovenia. Because of course they did. They continue in the proudest tradition of The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and The Real McKenzies. In this, they deliver a high-octane, fun-laden and hard-hitting tunes that are guaranteed to get you moving.
A seven-member band, they sport everything you’d expect from a Slovenian Celtic punk rock group. Including an accordion, a fiddle and a banjo. But most importantly, they’ve loads of energy they kept pumping out on-stage. This mostly took place on many music festivals in the region where they cultivated their public and at one point performed in front of 20,000 people at Lent Festival in Maribor. And yes, before you ask, it seems that 20,000 is the magic number as far as festival in the Balkans go.
At any rate, Happy Ol’ McWeasel released their first album in 2012. No Offence went on to become a massive hit in Slovenia. This was followed by a 2015 album Heard Ya Say!, which was followed by… well, no additional albums. A seven year hiatus is admittedly a bit long, but the band were active out there in the field, so chances are you might have actually caught a glimpse of them.
That is not to say that nothing was going on. Happy Ol’ McWeasel were churning out singles at a regular clip, so perhaps there is a new album in the offing sooner rather than later.
Until then, check out Happy Ol’ MyWeasel on YouTube, Spotify, Instagram, or wherever you get your music from.
Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of, you guessed it, the Balkans. Forget the gusle and tamburice, this show is about rock, pop and a sense of humour. Well, at least there’s guitars. On air most Tuesdays in a new-and-improved time-slot at 1100 hrs. Usually. Your train conductor is Aljaž (aka @pengovsky) who once did the world a solid and decided never to sign again in public. Which is why he ended up doing radio.
TuesdaysWith : Aljaž Every Tuesday at 10.00
Balkan Express takes weekly trips into contemporary musical production of the Balkans.