Shane would like to say thank you and God bless you to all the people who are offering kind words and condolences on the passing of his mother Therese. It means a lot at this difficult time.
Contrary to reports in the press, Shane MacGowan had not agreed to play the annual Electric Picnic festival at Stradbally in County Laois – this was a false rumour put out.
Shane MacGowan has teamed up with Les Cronins (brothers Johnny and Michael Cronin) and comedian Joe Rooney (Father Damo from Father Ted) to record the ultimate anthem for Ireland for this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.
The song is a cover of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s ‘Je t’aime moi non plus’ given an Irish twist and renamed ‘Je t’aime Irland’.
Contributions from Rackhouse Pilfer, Biblecode Sundays, Brave Giant, Sean & Eabha Gavaghan, Shane Wearen, Eddie Reynolds, Flash Kennedy, Sugar Ray, Daire O Reilly, David Keenan and a 50 piece choir can also be heard on the track.
Listen to the song below.
Sky Arts have made a documentary, following Shane as he gets his new dental implants. The documentary, entitled Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn, features interviews with family and friends and will be shown on Sky Arts on Sunday 20th December at 10pm (GMT).
Shane MacGowan has contributed to a documentary on poet, musician and purveyor of the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, Jock Scot.
Edinburgh raised Scot began his musical career as a roadie, but after realising he just wasn’t very good at it – ended up becoming more of a spiritual advisor / general entertainer whose role was to “alleviate boredom and keep the spirits high”. He accompanied legendary bands on tour including The Clash, Madness and Ian Dury And The Blockheads, and is a close friend of Shane MacGowan.
Shane is one of a number of friend and admirers who have given a testimony for the film – entitled: ‘Jock Scot: Services to Rock and Roll.
You can read more about the film and this legendary character in the September issue of Mojo magazine.