The Rumjacks: Patron Saint O’ Thieves (Official Music Video)

“Its like growing up with a tear in your eye and a storm brewing in your heart..” muses frontman Frankie McLaughlin on the musical heritage of the group. “We were raised on the Scottish & Irish music in our parents record collection, before colliding head-on with Punk Rock as we grew older & thought we knew everything.”

These two immovable pillars define The Rumjacks above all else, as they continue to cut their own path through the tangled musical landscape before them. Their own brand of Celtic Punk has seen them release two EP’s – ‘Hung, Drawn & Portered’ & ‘Sound as a Pound’ (’09), as well as two powerful full length albums – ‘Gangs of New Holland’ (’10) & ‘Sober & Godless’ (’15).

Since the bands inception in Sydney, Australia in late 2008 when McLaughlin met Bassist Johnny McKelvey, they have racked up 0ver 18 million YouTube views, with over 13 million of these for their breakthrough track ‘An Irish Pub Song’. Other stunning videos that capture the incredible live energy of the band include ‘Uncle Tommy’, ‘Blows & Unkind Words’ &’Plenty’, while ‘Crosses for eyes’ and ‘Me Old Ball & Chain’ see them hard at work in the studio.

Two most recent videos for ‘Home’ & ‘One Summers Day’ were made while The Rumjacks were on tour, and stand testament to the bands enormous appeal wherever they go.

Their incendiary live performances and seemingly endless touring regime has seen them share the stage with acts as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Gogol Bordello, Ruts DC, Guttermouth, GBH, UK Subs  and The Aggrolites. “We’re at home on any lineup in front of any crowd, I think there are elements of what we do that must appeal to just about anyone.”

Indeed there are – from their heavy Celtic roots to the driving punk rock or even ska/reggae rhythms, well-oiled sing-alongs & choking ballads.  “We draw on so many influences, but still it’s important for us to force the bounds of what we already do, play good solid Punk rock with a fat smear of Celtic folk right through it, Hopefully contributing something fresh & substantial that’ll stick around in people’s hearts long after the party’s over..”

Patron Saint O’ Thieves is the third single off The Rumjacks 3rd full length album, which was released August, 2016.



Production company:
Camera: Piotr Ograbek
Edit: Piotr Ograbek
Make up: Marta Czajkowska
Wax styling: Hubert Kamieniew
Actors: Maciej Milo, Marcelina S, Marta O
Special effects: OGfilms


Auld Nick patron saint o thieves, murderers & sailors
Strike these shackles from me uh-huh
Slide the bolt from out the door & tear down all the wire
My babys growin cold & im on fire
The aind that whistles off the hills & carries her perfume
Carries too a lonely carol badly out of tune
For just tonight beyond them walls id lay a mountain low
And sing to her like only i know how

They dont hang no fairy lights these rusty iron bars
So ill burn a paper lamp for her to see
Though shes left like a widow of a war that never was
Theres a light still burns in me

Auld Nick patron saint o’ merchants, pawnmen & the judges
Who barter with the lives o men the battlers & the bludgers
Go haunt the dogs awhile they sleep & thrash em round to sense
Theres to many good bkys this side of the fence

Theres boys in here for liftin gear from non-be-wary strangers
Newly minted ner-do-wells & them born with the dangers
For ljvin less than fruitful lives, toppin less than faithful wives
A broken line o’ fools that span the ages

Auld Nick patron saint o’ fools from both sides of the law
For his sake wipe the dirty grin off that fat bastards jaw
For we’re lovers of tradition & we might yet find a way
To hold them bloody keys come boxing day



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