The Pogues

Name: The Pogues

Country: England

Formed in: 1982

Status: Inactive

The Pogues were an Anglo-Irish Celtic punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan and others, founded in Kings Cross, London in 1982, as “Pogue Mahone” – the anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic póg mo thóin, meaning “kiss my arse”. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s, recording several hit albums and singles, including “Fairytale of New York” from their 1988 album “If I Should Fall from Grace with God”.

MacGowan left the Pogues in 1991 due to drinking problems, but the band continued – first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals – before breaking up in 1996. The Pogues re-formed in late 2001, and played regularly across the UK and Ireland and on the US East Coast, until dissolving again in 2014. The group did not record any new material during this second incarnation.

Their politically-tinged music was informed by MacGowan and Stacy’s punk backgrounds, yet used traditional Irish instruments such as the tin whistle, banjo, cittern, mandolin and accordion.

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Band members

  • Spider Stacy – vocals, tin whistle
  • Jem Finer – banjo, mandola, saxophone, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, vocals
  • James Fearnley – accordion, mandolin, piano, guitar
  • Shane MacGowan – vocals, guitar, banjo, bodhrán
  • Andrew Ranken – drums, percussion, harmonica, vocals
  • Darryl Hunt – bass guitar
  • Terry Woods – mandolin, cittern, concertina, guitar, vocals
  • Philip Chevron – guitar, vocals
  • Joe Strummer – vocals, guitar

Discography

Albums:

  • Red Roses for Me (1984)
  • Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
  • If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1988)
  • Peace and Love (1989)
  • Hell’s Ditch (1990)
  • Waiting for Herb (1993)
  • Pogue Mahone (1996)

EPs:

  • A Pair Of Brown Eyes (1985)
  • Sally Maclennane (1985)
  • Dirty Old Town (1985)
  • Poguetry In Motion (1986)
  • Haunted (1986)
  • Fairytale Of New York (1987)
  • St. Patrick’s Night (1988)
  • If I Should Fall From Grace With God (1988)
  • Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (1988)
  • White City (1989)
  • Summer In Siam (1990)
  • Once Upon A Time (1993)
  • Tuesday Morning (1993)
  • How Come (1995)

Live:

  • Streams of Whiskey: Live in Leysin, Switzerland 1991 (2002)
  • The Ultimate Collection Including Live at the Brixton Academy 2001 (2005)
  • The Pogues in Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert at the Olympia (2012)
  • The Pogues Live with Joe Strummer 1991 (2013)

Compilations:

  • The Best of The Pogues (1991)
  • Essential Pogues (1991)
  • The Rest of The Best (1992)
  • The Very Best of The Pogues (2001)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2005)
  • Dirty Old Town: The Platinum Collection (2005)
  • Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say… POGUE MAHONE (The Pogues Box Set) (2008)
  • The Pogues: Original Album Series (2010)
  • The Very Best of The Pogues (2013)
  • 30:30: The Essential Collection (2013)
  • 30 Years The Pogues (2013)

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Bodh’aktan

Name: Bodh’aktan

Country: Canada

Formed in: 2011

Status: Active

Canadian band from Quebec.

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Band members

  • Alexandre Richard – vocal, acoustic guitar, bouzouki
  • Alain Barriault – electric and acoustic guitar
  • Ben Claveau – vocal, bass
  • Marc Angers – fiddle
  • Éric Gousy – drums
  • Éric Tanguay – accordion, electric guitar
  • Luc Bourgeois – bagpipes, tin whistle, electric guitar

Discography

Albums:

  • Au Diable les Remords (2011)
  • Tant Qu’il Restera du Rhum… (2013)
  • Against Winds and Tides (2013)
  • Tant Qu’il Restera du Lait (2014)
  • Mixtape (Covers) (2015)
  • Bodh’aktan (2016)
  • Ride out the Storm (2018)
  • De Temps Et De Vents (2019)

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Black Water County

Name: Black Water County

Country: England

Formed in: 2013

Status: Active

Band formed in Dorset, England, in 2013.

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Band members

  • Tim Harris – vocal, bass
  • Shan Byrom – vocal, tin whistle
  • Gavin Coles – banjo, mandolin, vocal
  • Bradley Hutchings – guitar, vocal
  • Simon Edwards – drums

Discography

Albums:

  • Taking Chances (2017)

EPs:

  • Welcome to the Black Water County (2013)
  • The Fellowship of the Craic (2014)

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Sons of O’Flaherty

Name: Sons of O’Flaherty

Country: France

Formed in: 2010

Status: Active

French band from Brittany.

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Band members

  • Tibo O’Flaherty – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Thomas O’Flaherty – bass, vocals
  • Théo O’Flaherty – electric guitar, vocals
  • Tom O’Flaherty – drums
  • Maël O’Flaherty – mandolin, vocals
  • Jéricho O’Flaherty – violin, tin whistle, harmonica, vocals

Discography

Albums:

  • The Road Not Taken (2017)

EPs:

  • First Draft (2012)
  • Misc songs (2016)

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KilnAboy

Name: KilnAboy

Country: Wales

Formed in: 2003

Status: Active

The band have been together since late 2003. It was shortly after the summer of 2003 that Dav, Brian and Jay would meet up with a slack handful of mates in the park, flagons of cider, litres of vodka and packs of tobacco, strumming trad folk protest songs until the wee hours. Will appeared on the scene shortly after, delighting the ladies especially with his magic fingers!! Both Dav and Will had previous played in the band named Michaels Bones, with Chris Millington.

A couple of years went by with Gordon on Djembe and dig – he went off to play with Strawberry Gash. Drummer Chris stepped in and we introduced full-on banging drums and bassist John became part of what is now the evolved band KilnAboy. Many other musicians played with the band during this time, Jim from Dirty Revolution, Mark Bohdran (possibly part of the witness protection program), LGB (Little Ginger Bastard) Matt, not forgetting Alex Plows penny whistle player. She went of to publish Text books in Ethics, Biology and Social buggery or something.

So having spent the early years playing in the sweaty clubs n pubs of Cardiff, drinking and cavorting excessively, we are now more likely to be found in muddy festival fields worrying apathetic hippies and chasing morris dancers out of town. Most of our ideas and influences stem from a protesting background and the constant frustration of trying to exist in an industry where music is lost in a void of cloned popstars. We will carry on regardless in the hope that music still has the power to change the blinkered perception of mainstream society.

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Band members

  • Daf – mandolin, vocal
  • Jay – guitar, vocal
  • Bri – guitar, vocal
  • Will – accordion
  • Joe – drums
  • Razz – bass
  • Philippa – fiddle

Discography

Albums:

  • Half Beard’s Box (2004)
  • Defy The Stars (2006)
  • Prison Bars and Battle Scars (2014)

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