About Shanks Pony
What does Shanks Pony sound like?
With lyrics ranging from the sensitive to the down-right rowdy, and influences stemming from Weddings Parties Anything, Flogging Molly, The Bushwhackers, Paul Kelly and The Dropkick Murphys, Shanks Pony are able to pull off a huge sound with only four lads on stage.
Referred to as the Australian version of The Pogues, they are a band that knows how to have fun, combining on-stage antics with up-tempo music.
Taking it one step further Shanks Pony has had a crack at traditional Aussie bush-folk tunes breathing new life into almost seemingly forgotten tunes. Their modern approach to songs about well known Australian bush rangers, sheep shearing traditionals and the Australian lifestyle has brought these old tunes back into the 21st century.
A sound that is distinctively Australian with celtic roots fueled by beer chugging choruses, the term COLONIAL ROCK might be a better fit.
Who is Shanks Pony?
The band was originally formed in 2005 having their first performance in April that year. Since then, there have been many line up changes. Roughly 15 different musicians playing along the original two members Pete and Todd, with Haydn also being a long standing member of the band since December 2005.
Shanks pony are most notable for entertaining crowds at Fenians Pub in the city of Perth, with a Saturday night residency that lasted 9 years.
|Peter Varcoe||–||lead vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Todd Lynch||–||vocals, piano accordion, melodica|
|Haydn Pickersgill||–||vocals, bass guitar|
|Garry Howard||–||vocals, drums|
What is Shanks Pony?
Shanks Pony is an idiom meaning to walk; to “travel by shanks pony” or “ride on shanks pony” is to walk to your destination. Older forms of the phrase include shanks nag and shanks mare, using different terms for horses.
The shank is the lower part of the leg, now more commonly referred to as the calf; hence the term references travelling “by leg”.
It was first recorded as “shanks-nag”, in 1774. [source]