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Fairytale of the Pogues – A Tribute by the Raparees

December 9, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm


The Raparees have been fanatical followers of the Shane MacGowan fronted band throughout their musical lives, and their Christmas Pogues tribute concerts have now become an annual tradition. We are delighted to be once more including Newcastle in that line up. The show sees the Belfast 5 piece group expand to a 12 piece with the full brass section many remember from the raucous Pogues live shows of the late 80s & early 90s. Sold out performances in Belfast have seen the band take the show on the road to Germany, Switzerland & Luxembourg.

Being on tour as support to Shane MacGowan & the Popes early on in the life of the Rapparees galvanised their appreciation and understanding of their musical heroes, already evident in the fact the band are named from a lyric in Terry Woods’ ‘Young Ned of the Hill’.

The set is woven exactly as expected, between the madness and genius of Shane’s song writing, Spider’s driving whistle/beer tray and the meandering melodies of James Fearnley on accordion.

Expect to hear all the hits – A Rainy Night in Soho, Streams of Whiskey, Sally Maclennane, If I should Fall from Grace with God, The Body of an American and of course, the Fairytale itself.

Doors open at 6.30 pm, performance at 7.30 pm. Seating is limited so come early if you want one. Otherwise it will be standing room only.


Tyneside Irish Cultural Society
0191 2610385
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Tyneside Irish Centre
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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