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Shanks Pony

 The old Celtic saying "to travel by shanks pony" means that you’re going to walk to your destination.

Michael Thomas of ‘Weddings Parties Anything’ wrote a song about it: “Hey Shanks Pony what do you know, it’s just you and me and a long way to go”.

Nothing could be further from the truth with this four-piece oz/celtic rock band originating from Perth, Western Australia. Formed in late 2006 after numerous line-up changes, Shanks Pony has secured several residencies throughout well-known venues in Perth, Fremantle and the south-west.

They have also performed at high profile gigs such as the Nannup Music Festival and the Sunset @ Subi concerts, where their unique style has always been well received.

Building up a nice following in Perth, Shanks Pony has decided to hit the road and take the long haul to Melbourne for a short stint of gigs.

Referred to as the Australian version of ‘The Pogues’, Shanks Pony are able to pull off a huge sound with only four lads on stage.

They are a band that knows how to have fun, combining on-stage antics with up-tempo music.

With lyrics ranging from the sensitive to the down-right rowdy this oz/celtic rock style has influences stemming from Weddings Parties Anything, Flogging Molly and the Pogues.

Taking it one step further Shanks Pony has had a crack at traditional Aussie bush-folk tunes breathing new life into almost seemingly forgotten tunes.
Their racy version of Ryebuck Shearer with a beer-chugging chorus is one that immediately has your feet tapping and always wins over an audience young or old.

Their modern approach to songs about well-known Australian bush rangers, sheep shearing traditionals and the old Australian lifestyle has brought these old tunes back into the 21st century.

Shanks Pony's debut independent CD titled "A Year in a Pub" was released in March 2007. Containing a total of eight tracks, six of which are their own originals is a great representation of what this band is all about.

Not only has Shanks Pony spent the best part of a year (or so) in pubs plugging away at their music, the title track "A Year in a Pub" written by front man Pete Varcoe, is an absolute belter of a tune and is a true count of events when his family owned a pub in Melbourne.
With a catchy tune and very moving lyrics, this song is one you'll be singing in your head for days.
The CD also features songs about packing up your life in the country to move back to the city; a take on Australian business values; and Friday night pints with your mates.
It also has a great modern rendition of an Aussie traditional bush tune "Lachlan Tigers".

Shanks Pony is:

Peter Varcoe - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin
Todd Lynch - vocals, piano accordion, melodica
Ross McKay - vocals, drums, washboard
Haydn Pickersgill - vocals, bass guitar

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Covers:

Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face - The Angels
Away Away - Weddings Parties Anything
Back Home In Derry - Bobby Sands/Gordon Lightfoot
Breakfast At Tiffany’s - Deep Blue Something
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can’t Believe We Were Married - Paul Kelly
Close To Me - The Cure
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time - Luka Bloom
Devil’s Right Hand - Steve Earle
Dirty Old Town - Ewen McColl
Dumb Things - Paul Kelly
Fishermans Blues - The Waterboys
Go Move Shift - Ewen McColl
Good Riddance - Greenday
Great Song Of Indifference - Bob Geldof
Happy Birthday Helen - Things Of Stone And Wood
Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Johnny Come Lately - Steve Earle
London Calling - The Clash
Nothing Ever Happens - Del Amitri
Oh No Not You Again - Australian Crawl
Poor - Ned Redgum
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Rosey And Grey - Lowest Of The Low
Sally MacLennane - The Pogues
Sergeant Small - Tex Morton
Sing - Travis
Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
Streams Of Whiskey - The Pogues
Sydney From A 747 - Paul Kelly
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
Throw Your Arms - Hunters And Collectors
Ticket In Tatts - Weddings Parties Anything
To Her Door - Paul Kelly
Trip Through Your Wires - U2
When I Come Around - Greenday
Wide Open Road - The Triffids
Will U Miss Me When You’re Sober - Deborah Conway
Woman Of Ireland - Weddings Parties Anything


Originals:

3rd Battalion Icc
Bring On The Pints
Captain’s Wife
Don’t Ramble Anymore
Every Time You Leave
Fiddle The Books
I’m In Love With Another
Lend Me Your Ladder
Long Tall & Lanky
Rescue Me
Size Don’t Matter
Take What You Want
Waiting For The Rain


Traditional:

Black Velvet Band
Drunken Sailor
Fields Of Athenry
Irish Rover
Johnny I Hardly Knew You
Lachlan Tigers
Leaving Of Liverpool
Long Black Veil
Star Of The County Down
Tell Me Ma
Waxies Dargle
Whip Jamboree
Whiskey In The Jar
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