December was a busy month for Shane. The Pogues’ now traditional gigs in the lead up to Christmas exploded with the usual mayhem, madness and merriment at the Manchester Apollo, the Glasgow Academy and two nights at the Brixton O2 – to rave reviews by critics and fans alike.
The Guardian – The Pogues at Manchester Apollo – review
“The band sound pure and strong, and Shane MacGowan sings with the style and power he brought to The Pogues at their peak.” ****
The Telegraph – The Pogues at O2 Brixton – review
“The overwhelming sense of the night was one of hedonistic celebration… The Pogues have lost none of their power.” ****
The Independent – The Pogues at O2 Brixton – review:
“A raucous, festive, night.” ****
WhatCulture – The Pogues at Glasgow Academy – review
“This show alone proved The Pogues’ fantastic ability to this day as performers, and maintains their reputation as a band that doesn’t do anything by half measure.”
‘Fairytale of New York’ made its annual chart appearance, this year making the UK’s Top 20 and Ireland’s Top 10. This year it was bestowed with the honour of most downloaded Christmas song of all time (Amazon / Official Charts Company) and the most played Christmas song of the 21st Century (PPL).
A highlight of the festive season was Shane’s cameo appearance on Coronation Street, watching the cast singing ‘Fairytale of Weatherfield’ for ITV’s Text Santa on December 20th. Watch the video and read Victoria Mary Clarke’s article about the experience in the Irish Times.
The season finished off with Shane appearing on a five date Irish tour with Sharon Shannon’s Big Band. The pictures below – taken with Sharon and Mundy – are from the last night of the tour – the Feast of Little Christmas, Twelfth Night, 6th Jan 2014.
Happy New Year to you all!