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Shane MacGowan And The Popes

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(1994 – present)

Shane MacGowan and The Popes is a band led by Shane MacGowan, formerly of The Pogues, who play a blend of rock, and Irish folk.

The band’s line up has changed through the years; current members include: Andy Ireland (drums), Paul “Mad Dog” McGuinness (guitar, vocals), and Bob “Lucky” Dowling (bass). Past members have included Mick O’Connell (accordion), Kieran “Mo” O’ Hagan (Acoustic guitar, vocals), John Myers (fiddle, tin whistle), Danny Heatley (aka Danny Pope) (drums) , Seamus “Rapey” Murphy (accordion), Berni “The Undertaker” France (bass), Ulick McGhee (oboe), Colm O’Maonlai (whistle), Kieran Kiely (accordion, whistle) and Leeson O’Keeffe (Electric guitar, banjo, vocals). Longtime band member Tom “McAnimal” McManamon (banjo) died on 15 December 2006.Scottish violinist laura Mcghee played with the popes at the Barrowlands and went down a storm when she played fairytale in new york with shane who said of the dundee lass i would love to see her get more air time on scottish radio as she is big in America

Following his departure from The Pogues in 1991, MacGowan returned in 1994 with this new band, whose debut album “The Snake” was critically acclaimed and showed that MacGowan’s creative juices were very much still flowing. A second album, “The Crock Of Gold”, was released in 1997 and was, for the most part, more traditionally oriented.

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