The Pogues

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: irish folk punk folk rock celtic folk punk seen live celtic punk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The London, England-based punk scene of the late 70s inspired some unusual intermingling of styles and the Pogues (then known as Pogue Mahone) performed punky versions of traditional Irish folk songs in pubs throughout the capital. The line-up for their first gig at The Pindar Of Wakefield on 4 October 1982 featured singer Shane MacGowan (25 December 1957, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, but raised in County Tipperary, Eire), Spider Stacy (b. Peter Richard Stacy, 14 December 1958, Eastbourne, England; tin whistle, ex-Millwall Chainsaws), Jem Finer (b. 25 July 1955, Stoke-on-Trent, England; banjo/mandolin), James Fearnley (b. 9 October 1954, Worsley, West Manchester, England; guitar/piano accordion), and John Hasler (drums). MacGowan had spent his late teen years singing in a punk band called the Nipple Erectors (aka the Nips) which also featured Fearnley. Cait O’Riordan (b. Catilín O’Riordan, 4 January 1965, Nigeria; bass) was added to the line-up...

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