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Encyclopedia > Shane MacGowan and The Popes

Shane MacGowan and The Popes is a band formerly led by Shane MacGowan, of The Pogues, who play a blend of rock, and Irish folk, sometimes referred to as Paddy Beat, borrowing from World Beat, a popular genre name in the 1980s. Shane MacGowan and the Popes released two albums in the 1990s, and the Popes have recorded one studio and one live album without Shane. The have toured on their own, as well as serving as Shane's backing band. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic that is currently politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ...

The band's line up has changed through the years. Members have included Paul 'Mad Dog' McGuinness (guitar), Tom McManamon (banjo), Andy Ireland (drums, vocals), Brian Kelly (banjo) and Bob "Lucky" Dowling (bass). Past members have included Mick O'Connell (accordion), Miriam Kavana ( fiddle), Kieran "Mo" O' Hagan (Acoustic guitar, vocals), John Myers (fiddle, tin whistle), Danny Heatley (aka Danny Pope) (drums), Seamus "Rapey" Murphy (accordion), Berni "The Undertaker" France (bass), Ulick McGhee (oboe), Colm O'Maonlai (whistle), Kieran Kiely (accordion, whistle) and Leeson O'Keeffe (Electric guitar, banjo, vocals). Long-time friend of McGowan, Johnny Depp joined to promote the single, 'That Woman's Got Me Drinking' in October 1994. Depp played guitar on the track, directed and appeared in the video, and made a string of appearances with Shane. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) A modern 5-string banjo The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) A modern 5-string banjo The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... Tin whistles in a variety of makes and keys. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor and for his performances in the films Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994...

In March of 2007, several former members appeared as The Popes at a memorial concert for Tom McManamon. Meanwhile, Guitarist McGuinness had already announced a new line up with a new album in the works. The "new" Popes are Paul McGuiness on guitar and vocals, Will Morrison on drums, Charlie Hoskyns on bass, Andy Nolan on Accordion, Gerry Diver on fiddle, banjo and whistle. In May of the same year, it was announced that other former members were reforming, calling themselves The Electric Popes. These include: Bob Dowling on bass, Andy Ireland on drums, Brian Kelly on mandolin and Denis Dowling.


Tom McManamon

On December 15, 2006, Tom McManamon passed away after a long battle with illness. Tom played in The Popes, and has also played with Storm, The Pogues, Depeche Mode, Joe Strummer, U2, Sinead O'Connor, and many more. He was buried with his banjo in his hands on the 5th of January 2007.


  • The Snake (October 1994)
  • The Crock of Gold (October 1997)
  • The Rare Oul' Stuff, a 2-disc best-of collection, (January 2002)
  • Across the Broad Atlantic: Live on Paddy's Day - New York and Dublin (February 2002)
  • Live at Montreux 1995 DVD (November 2004)

The first solo album by Shane MacGowan with backing band The Popes, featuring Maire Brennan (Track 8), Sinéad OConnor (Track 12) and Johnny Depp (Track 7) on lead guitar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The Popes Discography (without Shane)

  • Holloway Boulevard (March 2000)
  • Release The Beast (August 2004)

External links

  • Official Shane MacGowan website

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