Alternative Ulster

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Founded in March 2015, Alternative Ulster hails from NY State's Catskill's region. After the release of their debut album the band went through personnel changes leading to the next two CDs line-up of John McGovern on bagpipes and banjo, Todd Henry on vocals and drums and Jay Anderson on guitar and bass as well as all recording and mixing. Back in 2015, John described the band's sound as 1916 meets 1977, referencing both the Irish Uprising and the heyday of Old School Punk Rock. Influential Celtic Punk podcast, Shite&Onions, described the band's style as "snot, spit and safety-pins punk rock of the 1982 variety being held ransom by a manic, whiskey swigging highland piper." "The second full length album from New York’s Alternative Ulster is thirteen songs of Celtic pride, humor and defiance. Powerful and raw and driven by Great Highland Pipes!" - London Celtic Punks "This is probably the sound Sir Henry de Bohun heard when Robert The Bruce split his head in two with a battle-axe at Bannockburn – skull crushing and wailing bagpipes." - Shite & Onions