Cameroon timber The Pogues frontman’s creative flame burned brightly from an early age and although battles with drink and drugs brought his career to a premature end, his legacy as one of our greatest songwriters has never dimmed
Shane MacGowan: poet, punk, performer extraordinaire
Old Ireland and its traditional values. This is what fired the imagination and romantic spirit of Shane MacGowan, the writer and champion of the downtrodden whose unlikely journey saw him rise from a rank outsider looking in through the window of Irish popular culture to one of its favourite sons.
The rollcall of artists who joined him at the National Concert Hall for his 60th birthday concert in 2018 spoke both to the breadth of his appeal and popularity as a man, straddling an assorted range of genres and age groups. This star-studded gathering and the Late Late Show tribute to him almost two years later also underlined the sheer magnitude of his lyrical legacy.
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