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Ben Andrews
Gwyn Ashton
Marcus Bancroft
Billy C. Farlow
Eric Bibb
John Beland
Frances Black
Deborah Bonham
Del Bromham
Jim Condie
Country Joe Band
Guy Davis
Kent Duchaine
The Dylan Project
Fairport Convention
Feast Of Fiddles
Perry Foster
Ty Garner
Dick Gaughan
Gary Fletcher
The Greenhil Boys
The Gutter Brothers
Memo Gonzalez
Joe Hollywood
Nick Harper
Pete Harris Band
Hershey And The Twelve Bars
Les Wilson's House Rockers
Chris Jagger
Keith James
Mary Jane
The Jive Aces
Del Bromham
Jucy Lucy
Paul Lamb
Aynsley Lister
Jackie Levin
Little Toby Walker
Shane MacGowan and the Popes
Scott McKeown
Stringy Bark McDowell
Larry Miller
The Muffin Men
Pete Mulvey
Mundy - Turner
Derrin Nauendorf
OX - Mark Browning
The Ian Parker band
Ann Peebles
Dan Phelps
Steve Payne
Kelly Joe Phelps
The Mick Pini Band
Redeye Band
Ronnie & Johnny
Mike Sanchez
Chris Smither
The Amazing Mr Smith
Show Of Hands
Ian Siegal
Dave Specter
Bill Thomas
The Thomas Brothers
Mo Thomas
Guy Tortora
Robin Trower
The Tubes
Dick Wardell
Helen Watson
Andy White


A transcendent singer/songwriter and two-fisted gutter poet whose notorious drunken behavior, rotten teeth and drug-fueled excesses often threatened to eclipse his reputation as a performer, Shane MacGowan was born on Christmas Day, 1957. When he was six, the family moved to London, where Shane was expelled from school at the age of 14 for possession of drugs.

In 1976, after attended his first Sex Pistols concert, he formed his own band, The Nipple Erectors releasing their 1978 debut single "King of the Bop".

The Nips, as they became known, disbanded in late 1980 and MacGowan occasionally filled in with his friend Spider Stacey's band the Millwall Chainsaws.

When the Millwall Chainsaws split, MacGowan and Stacy formed The Pogues. Hot-wiring traditional Irish music with the energy and passion of punk, The Pogues quickly developed into one of the most respected and colourful bands of their era, scoring a number of U.K. hits including "A Pair of Brown Eyes" and "Fairytale of New York" and recording some superb LP's .

However, as stories of MacGowan's voracious appetite for alcohol and drugs swelled to mythic proportions, he left the band. In 1994, however, he silenced critics by pulling himself together to form a new band,The Popes. After making a fitting St. Patrick's Day debut performance at a London pub, the group entered the studio to begin recording their first LP, dubbed "The Snake", this was later followed by "A Crock Of Gold". Macgowan also had a minor hit with "Haunted," a gorgeous duet with Sinead O'Connor. The latest album is "Shane Macgowan and the Popes Live", which documents two St. Patricks Day gigs.

However, you can experience a unique St Patrick's extravaganza at South Parade Pier when Shane Macgowan & The Popes play a Saturday night gig, two days after St. Patrick's Day. To quote one of Shane's immortal lines - "lend me 10 and I'll buy you a drink"!

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