Shane MacGowan presented with Ivor Novello Award for songwriting

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


Shane MacGowan and Aidan Gillen


Musical stars joined forces to celebrate the power and poetry of Shane MacGowan’s songs at his 60th birthday concert

A star-studded line up of musical greats joined forces on Monday 15th January at Dublin’s National Concert Hall to celebrate Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday, and pay tribute to the power and poetry of his songs and his singular contribution to Irish music.

Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, Glen Hansard, Cerys Matthews, Imelda May, the Sex Pistols Glen Matlock and The Libertines’ Carl Barat and were amongst those performing Pogues’ classics and Shane’s solo work – with surprise appearances from Sinead O’Connor and Bono.

There were so many highlights to what was an emotional evening with an electric atmosphere. Glen Hansard and Lisa O’Neill duetted on ‘Fairytale of New York’ and Imelda May gave a beautiful rendition of ‘Fiesta’. Bono and Johnny Depp joined forces for ‘A Rainy Night in Soho’ whilst Sinead O’Connor brought the house down with ‘You’re the One’. Bobby Gillespie brilliantly gave the Primal Scream touch to ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’ and Shane MacGowan joined Nick Cave joined for ‘Summer in Siam’. Cerys Matthews rendition of ‘The Broad Majestic Shannon’, dedicated to Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, was met with a standing ovation.

At the end of the evening Shane performed traditional ballad ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ before being honoured with the NCH lifetime achievement award by President Michael D. Higgins.

The Irish Times aptly summed up the night in their review: “It’s hard to imagine so many heavyweights of the arts and politics in one room but they filled it for one of Ireland’s most influential and much-loved talents. The words legend and genius are overused daily but in MacGowan’s case they are utterly appropriate.”

All photographs 2018 Andrew Catlin

All photographs 2018 Andrew Catlin

Fairytale of New York – The Making of a Classic on RTE One

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

Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration

From A Pair of Brown Eyes to Fairytale of New YorkShane 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 


Therese MacGowan RIP

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.

Shane MacGowan, Cronin brothers and Joe Rooney create Euro 2016 anthem for Ireland

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.


Jock Scot: Services to Rock and Roll

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.

Jock Scot – Services To Rock N Roll – Trailer #1 from Services to Rock N Roll on Vimeo.

Shane recovering from pelvic fracture

Shane is home from a spell in hospital, after falling and suffering a pelvic fracture.  He’s in good spirits, but will need a period of rest and physiotherapy to get him back to full throttle!  He wanted to post here his thanks for all the good wishes and get-well messages he received from fans and friends near and far.  He hopes to be a two-legged mammal again soon!