Firkins Canadian Pub Tour
Nor need you mind the serial ordeal
Of being watched from forty cellar holes
As if by eye pairs out of forty firkins.
Robert Frost "Directive"
A firkin is an old English unit of volume. The name is derived from the Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, which means fourth, i.e. a quarter of a full-size barrel.
For Beer and Ale a firkin is equal to nine Imperial Gallons, seventy-two pints, or a quarter of a barrel (40.91481 litres). Casks in this size (themselves called firkins) are the most common container for cask ale. A firkin is equal to half a kilderkin.
So be it, however Cashbox heard that a Firkin is also a band from Hungary that plays Irish music, with a twist of punk thrown into the barrel just for the swirl of it.
So we sent our young budding Hungarian journalist and his lady to go and check it out here on their Canadian tour.
Thursday March 17, 2011
Firkins Canadian Pub Tour
Hungarian Irish Punk Band “FIRKIN “ St Patties Day
Lee’s Palace. Toronto, ON
By: Jonathon Jager
The day before I was informed about this band, and being of Hungarian decent I had to check this out, a Hungarian Irish Punk Band!!
Well the night started out with meeting up with my date Caroline, and we headed down to Bloor St where the night was full of Green, Green Hats, Green Costumes and of course Green Beer. We arrived at the venue Lee’s Palace at around 9pm, on entering the building you could just feel the intense energy everywhere.
It was nice getting there a little early so we could find a great spot to set up and of course it was right beside the stage…I can remember her looking at me and asking me “are you sure right beside the speakers” to my reply “Absolutely!!”
The opening band was Sound One a Ska band with 10 members, with a 5 piece horn section. Seeing how I am a big country music fan, this style of music was very new to me and I didn’t know what to expect. However when Sound One began to play I was absolutely amazed by the intense energy and the floor just packed full of pogoing dancers. I was not only impressed but very energized by the sound and the people, I just had to dance!!
At about 10:30pm Firkin hit the stage with a beautiful and very talented Violin player named Lili, she embraced the audience with a smooth and vibrant tone that moved and energized the crowd, and as the level rose the entire band formed together. The lead man PJ played the flute, and with his energetic presence, got the crowd moving on their feet, as he taunted them and danced around the stage “ Jethro Tull style”. The Lead singer Barna was amazing as he interacted with the crowd , as they rolled through their evening set.
Most of their music was inspired by The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, and Europe’s latest fave Flogging Molly. Firkin played a lot of their own music, mixed in with a few great covers of Flogging Molly. As the night came to an end Firkin introduced the band members as Barna Lead Vocals, Lili on Violin, Peti (Peter) on Bass, Rosi Sound, ESE(Robert) on Drums and Vocals, Atti (Attila) on Electric Guitar, PJ (Janos Peter) on Flute and Whistle and, Pali (Pal) on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals.
After they finished you could hear all of the Hungarian’s chanting including myself “Vissaz, Vissaz!!” which translates to our similar Encore. Which they did, the interesting thing I noticed that not a lot of bands do, is that they bowed to the audience which is pretty rare to see, a great gesture to the audience.
All in all it was a great evening, with great people and high energy entertainment. I will definitely see more shows like this. I’m a fan.
If you would like to learn more check out their website at
I, hope you all enjoy this great band, and best of luck to them in their future shows. Cheers!!