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Watch the trailer for ‘Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan’

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‘Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan’ explores the life and career of The Pogues’ frontman.

Magonlia Pictures have shared the trailer for the new Julien Temple directed documentary, which includes a mix of new interviews and unseen archive footage, plus specially commissioned animations by Ralph Steadman.

The film explores MacGowan’s childhood in Ireland, through to his years on the punk scene in London covering his “passions, humour, and deep knowledge of music, history, spirituality, and popular culture.”

‘Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan’ is 2020 is available now USA, CANADA, UK & IRELAND in theatres, on demand and DVD, and AUSTRALIA December 17th. More territories to follow.

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Shane MacGowan documentary announced

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The Pogues frontman will be the subject of ‘Shane’ – directed by Julien Temple and produced by Johnny Depp.

The documentary, which is yet to have a release date, will provide inside look at MacGowan’s life, revealing his “true punk and poetic nature” through a combination of animation, unseen footage from Temples’ own archives, and contributions from collaborators, artists and from his family.

With a critically acclaimed catalogue of songs and an Ivors Inspiration Award under his belt, ‘Shane’ will explore what filmmakers call his “seemingly effortless facility for writing lyrics to some of the world’s most listened to songs.”

Shane MacGowan presented with Ivor Novello Award for songwriting

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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

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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

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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