The Popes / Paul McGuinness

The Popes / Paul McGuinness


"Sounding like ThePogues beating The Dubliners to death with a carjack." (Donal O'Sharpe) "Don't underestimate The Popes, they're the Irish equivalent of Booker T & the MGs. Sparse, Punchy, Killer" (Irish Voice) --Soulful, poignant, poetic and full of life & fire!


Shane MacGowan formed The Popes in 1994 to record his album "The Snake" after leaving The Pogues.
The band's evoloution began when there came a demand for a MacGowan-less set due to MacGowan's chronic live performance unpredictability.
Paul McGuinness, front man and lead guitarist, heads them up. Having originally played in such bands as Tokyo Olympics and The Pogues (his first performance with them having been on The David Letterman Show) he remains the band's driving force.


"The Snake" 1994 / "Christmas Party" EP 1996 / "The Crock of Gold" 1997 / "Across the Broad Atlantic" 1999 / "Are You Lookin' At Me?" 2000 / "Holloway Boulevard" 2000/ "The Rare Oul Stuff" 2002 / "Release the Beast" live album 2004 / "The Popes Live at Montreaux" DVD 2005 / "Between Heaven & Woolworth's" to be released in December 2007

Set List

A typical set list lasts lasts for an hour & 20 minutes with a 10 minute encore. There are 16 songs in the main set & 3 songs for the encore.