Synergy Concerts presents:
Joe McMahon (Smoke Or Fire)
+ Cory & Kirsty Call (Arliss Nancy) + Billy Liar
Entry Requirements: 18+
Joe McMahon is the Singer of American Punk Rock Band SMOKE OR FIRE, who began in Boston in 1999. After Moving to Richmond Virginia the band was signed by FAT Wreck Chords in 2005. They released their debut album "Above the city" and toured non-stop with bands like RISE AGAINST, AVAIL, NOFX, and even a 50 state tour of America with AGAINST ME! that took 4 months and 87 shows to complete. The band released two more full lengths on FAT and did multiple headlining tours of America, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 2013 McMahon moved from America to Münster, Germany and began his solo career. He released his debut solo album "Another Life" in 2016 on GUNNER Records (Frank Turner, Gaslight Anthem), and has played over 500 shows in more than 25 countries since relocating. His band THE DOCKINEERS features Austrian powerhouse Mike Dee of DeeCRACKS on drums, and from Switzerland Marco Baumann on bass, and The GAMITS' Michael Marti on guitar.
Billy Liar grew up in the underground punk rock scene, finding his feet and forging his sound through a self-imposed relentless touring schedule, a love of playing live and an understanding that good things do not come to those who wait. Great things come to those who get out on the road and make a hell of a lot of their own mistakes.
Billy has been touring the UK, mainland Europe and America extensively for over ten years, released 7 EPs on independent record labels, had songs played on BBC Radio 1 and XFM and toured Australia and New Zealand. He has played the Fest in Gainesville, Florida three times, solo and with a band, visited Woodford Folk Festival in Australia for a week of performances, played Rebellion Punk Festival in England eight years in a row and even co-wrote, co-directed and starred in a play at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland for a month of shows.
In 2018, Billy will release his long-awaited full-band, full-length record, produced by Joe McMahon (Smoke Or Fire) and featuring Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood) and Robin Guy (Sham 69).
‘Scotland`s angriest young man. Watching Billy attack his guitar and spit into his mic on a live setting, you’re almost waiting for this head to pop off his shoulders with the ferocity of his delivery. A constant touring animal… you are left wanting more. Great shit! More please!'
‘A rousing attack….. a relentless work ethic……. Billy certainly comes across as an intense character, but you don’t produce this kind of passionate music without intensity. When Bill Hicks said that he wants musicians to “play from your fucking heart”, Billy Liar was most definitely listening.’
LOUDER THAN WAR (‘Artist Of The Week’)
‘A controlled nervous breakdown in the name of art. Intense, powerful stuff - really liked him. He seems to be just as intense offstage too… more people like him please.’
BERNARD O'LEARY (The Skinny)