The Popes Australian Tour


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Irish folk-rock band The Popes are coming back to Australia. Paul ‘Maddog’ McGuiness and his band are fresh off their tour in the UK opening for the Stranglers and although their line-up may have changed over their 18-year history, their quintessential ‘Paddy Beat’ hasn’t.

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The band was formed in 1994 by Shane MacGowan , after he was sacked from the Pogues. The Popes released three albums with MacGowan as well as a variety of EP’s and singles. They recorded one studio album, ‘Holloway Boulevard,’ one live album, ‘Release The Beast,’ an EP, ‘Are You Looking At Me?,’ and several singles as a solo group.

Today their sound is harder yet still melodic, Celtic and original. The Popes are a rock’n’roll band with the soul of a fiddler at the crossroads.

The current line up consists of Paul McGuinness – guitar and vocals, Will Morrison – drums, Jim McAllister – bass and vocals, Whiskey Mick – mandolin, guitar and vocals and Dave Allen – fiddle, mandolin and all things ‘moving’ and Charlie Hoskyns – guitar and vocals.

With Charlie Hoskyns unavailable for the tour and Jim McAllister having to withdraw for personal reasons, joining the band to play bass will be Mark Cryle, a Brisbane-based singer and songwriter.

Mark has described playing with The Popes as a real honour, and he is looking forward to playing songs such as ‘Outlaw Heaven’ and ‘Bastards’ from the Outlaw Heaven album. This album is to be released by Arelmusic for the tour, and features old friends Shane MacGowan and Spider Stacy.

Also being released for the tour is The Popes’ new album ‘New Church.’

The Popes open the tour at the National Celtic Festival in Port Arlington, Victoria and then go on to Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria, ACT and New South Wales.

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Key dates
20 June Corner Hotel, Richmond, Victoria
21 June Palais Theatre, Hepburn Springs, Victoria
23 June Polish Club, Turner, ACT
27 June Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
28 June Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
30 June City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

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