Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2014

Courtesy of Tactics Records

Expat Irish rock outfit Johnsons Motorcar are celebrating the release of their first full album Hey Ho Johnny!! Welding together Scottish-American Martin Johnson’s fiddle, Irishman Blacko Muiri’s guitar, Australian Coleman’s bass and the effervescent Rinamame’s drums, the quartet is a dynamo of Celtic music updated with more than a dash of rock ‘n’ roll. In a short few years in Tokyo, Johnsons Motorcar have managed to sell 15,000 of their own home-pressed CDs while busking in the streets, and attracted the attention of Japanese rock star Toshi-Low, who guests on the album.

Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba, Jul 26. New Acoustic Camp 2014, Gunma, Sep 13-14.