On October 13 Ireland’s The Mary Wallopers will drop their new album, Irish Rock ’n’ Roll. Now they share a new single off the LP, “Blarney Stone.” The Blarney Stone has long been the subject of Irish song and myth and The Mary Wallopers’ full throttle version of the traditional folk song, made famous by singers like Tom Lenihan and Margaret Barry, brings the legend to the music halls and festival stages of the 21st century.
The Mary Wallopers say, “The Blarney Stone is a famous monument in Ireland. It’s said if you kiss it you get the gift of the gab. More business minded Irish people over the years have made their own blarney stones charging unsuspecting tourists for a kiss, this is their story.”
Irish Rock ’n’ Roll’s 13 tracks perfectly capture the chaos, humor and excitement of The Mary Wallopers’ live shows while at the same time showcasing the emotion of the traditional ballads that they play (both in songs passed down from previous generations and – for the first time on this record – their own songs that promise to be passed down to future generations). They have previously shared one of those traditional ballads, “Wexford,” and before that “The Holy Ground.” The upcoming album will mark the follow up to the band’s hugely acclaimed self-titled debut which was released last year.