Shane MacGowan and The Popes
Shane MacGowan and The Popes was a band formerly led by Shane MacGowan
Shane MacGowan
Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan is an Irish musician and singer, best known as the original singer and songwriter of The Pogues.-History:...

 of the Pogues
The Pogues
The Pogues are a Celtic punk band, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in 1991 due to drinking problems but the band continued first with Joe Strummer and then with Spider Stacy on vocals before...

, who played a blend of rock
Rock music
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, and Irish folk, sometimes referred to as Paddy Beat, borrowing from World Beat, a popular genre name in the 1980s. Shane MacGowan and the Popes released two studio and one live album in the 1990s. As well as serving as MacGowan's backing band, The Popes recorded one studio and one live album without MacGowan, and have toured on their own.

The band's line up has changed through the years. Members have included Paul 'Mad Dog' McGuinness (guitar
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), Tom McManamon (banjo
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), Andy Ireland (drums
Drum kit
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, vocals), and Bob Dowling (bass
Bass guitar
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). Past members have included Gerry Diver, (fiddle) Mick O'Connell (accordion
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), Kieran "Mo" O' Hagan (Acoustic guitar, vocals), John Myers (fiddle
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, tin whistle
Tin whistle
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), Danny Heatley (aka Danny Pope) (drums), Berni "The Undertaker" France (bass), Colm O'Maonlai (whistle), and Kieran Kiely (accordion, whistle). Long-time friend of McGowan, Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
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 joined to promote the single, 'That Woman's Got Me Drinking' in October 1994. Depp played guitar on the track, directed and appeared in the video, and made a string of appearances with Shane.

In March 2007, several former members appeared as The Popes at a memorial concert for Tom McManamon. Meanwhile, guitarist McGuinness had already announced a new line up with a new album in the works. The "new" Popes are Paul McGuinness on guitar and vocals, Will Morrison on drums, Charlie Hoskyns on guitar, Fiachra Shanks on banjo, mandolin, Laurie Norwood on bass, and Ben Gunnery on fiddle. This line-up has recorded a new album called 'Outlaw Heaven' that was mixed by Chris Brown (Radiohead, etc). The album was released in May 2009.

In May 2007, the remaining members of the old band announced that they were reforming, calling themselves The Electric Popes. These include: Bob Dowling on bass, Andy Ireland on drums, Brian Kelly on mandolin and Denis Dowling. As of yet, The Electric Popes are unheard of.•
As of April 2011, members of The Popes include:
  • Paul Maddog McGuinness – Guitar, vocals
  • Charlie Hoskyns – Guitar, vocals
  • Will Morrison – Drums
  • Jim McAllister – Bass, vocals
  • Dave Allen – Fiddle, vocals
  • Whiskey Mick – Mandolin, vocals

Tom McManamon

On December 15, 2006, Tom McManamon died after a long battle with illness. As well as The Popes, he also played with Storm, The Pogues, Depeche Mode, Joe Strummer, U2, Sinead O'Connor, and many more. He was buried with his banjo in his hands on 5 January 2007.

Albums (backing MacGowan)

  • The Snake (October 1994)
  • The Crock of Gold
    The Crock of Gold
    The Crock of Gold was the second full length album by Shane MacGowan and the Popes and was released in November, 1997. The Crock of Gold followed The Snake, MacGowan's first solo album after the breakup of The Pogues, and was less critically acclaimed than its predecessor...

    (October 1997)
  • The Rare Oul' Stuff, a 2-disc best-of collection, (January 2002)
  • Across the Broad Atlantic: Live on Paddy's Day - New York and Dublin (February 2002)

The Popes Discography (without Shane)

  • Holloway Boulevard (March 2000)
  • Release the Beast (August 2004), Live in London 2003 - a 2-disc set including a re-release of "Holloway Boulevard".
  • Outlaw Heaven
    Outlaw Heaven
    Outlaw Heaven is the second studio album by London-Irish rock band The Popes, which was originally due for release in September 2008, but was delayed until May 2009...

    (May 2009), including special guest Shane MacGowan on 3 tracks

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