The 63rd Ivor Novello Awards honoured Shane MacGowan for his inspiring catalogue of songs, thanking him for sharing his songwriting gift over the years.
Shane received The Ivors Inspiration Award – in recognition of the power of his songwriting to inspire the creative talents of others. In announcing the award, The Ivors recognised that ‘…MacGowan – a unique musical force in all sorts of ways – is unusual in that his poetic work also influenced his peers, and even iconic stars whose careers preceded his’. The award was presented by actor Aidan Gillen.
Shane’s legacy of inspiring other songwriters is well documented, with The Clash’s Joe Strummer calling him “one of the best writers of the century” and Tom Waits declaring “Shane has the gift. I believe him. He knows how to tell a story”. Bob Geldof has said “The Pogues made great records and played great gigs, but the glory are the songs. This is what will last. Great words. Great music. Great art.”
The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. Presented and judged by music creators they represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition. The event took place on Thursday 31st May at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
All photographs 2018 Mark Allan, courtesy of BASCA
This December, Fairytale of New York will be 30 years old. RTE marks the anniversary with a new documentary looking back at the making of Fairytale in the company of Shane MacGowan as he reminisces about the writing of the song. Paul Simon, Billy Bragg, Christy Moore, Imelda May and Bob Geldof are among the musicians and songwriters interviewed, along with former members of The Pogues.
RTE One, Thursday 21 December, 9.35pm
From ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’ to ‘Fairytale of New York,’ Shane MacGowan is a poet of modern music and one of the great international songwriters. Dublin’s National Concert Hall is delighted to mark Shane MacGowan’s 60th Birthday with this specially produced concert celebrating the power and poetry of his songs and his singular contribution to Irish music.
Produced and curated in collaboration with Shane, this concert sees his collaborators, friends, artists who admire his work and those who have been influenced by him come together to sing these great songs. Joining them are a newly created band naturally featuring members of The Pogues led by Musical Director Terry Edwards. Hosted by John Kelly.
Produced by Gerry O’Boyle and Gary Sheehan for NCH. In collaboration with Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke. Presented by NCH.
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.