Name: Neck

Country: England

Formed in: 1994

Status: Active

Neck is a six-piece London-Irish Celtic punk band from the North London neighbourhood of Holloway (known informally as ‘County Holloway’ due to its Irish population). Following their front-man’s cathartic ‘Tour of Duty’ as a member of the original line-up of Shane MacGowan and the Popes, Neck were ‘born in a bottle’ during late-night drinking sessions in 1994 by a mixture of Irish emigrant and second-generation Irish drinking buddies. The band takes their lead, both musically and ideologically, from two other London bands: The Clash and The Pogues, blending punk rock with traditional Irish music to play a London-Irish style known as ‘Psycho-Ceilídh’.


Band members

  • Leeson O’Keeffe – vocal, guitars
  • Sara-Lou Bowrey – tin whistle, vocal
  • James Gavin – fiddle, vocal
  • Hugh O’Neill – banjo, vocal
  • Brendan Stitch – bass
  • Gareth Smith – drums, bodhrán, vocal



  • Necked (A Few Odds From the Oul’ Sods) (2001)
  • Here’s Mud in Yer Eye! (2004)
  • Sod `Em & Begorrah! (2005)
  • Come Out Fighting! (2009)


  • Psycho-Ceilidh (1999)
  • Fields of Athenry / May the Road Rise With You (2002)
  • Everybody’s Welcome To The Hooley! (2006)


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