From A Pair of Brown Eyes to Fairytale of New York, Shane MacGowan is a poet of modern music, and beyond question one of the great Irish songwriters. Now he's celebrating his 60th birthday in style this January, with an all-star celebration at Dublin's National Concert Hall.
Presented as part of the NCH's Perspectives series, and hosted by Mystery Train's John Kelly, the line-up for the evening includes MacGowan himself alongside Johnny Depp, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Glen Hansard, Camille O'Sullivan, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Lisa O'Neill, Finbar Furey, highly touted Limerick-London pop trio whenyoung, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols and Clem Burke of Blondie, with further guests to be announced.
Johnny Depp's friendship with MacGowan goes back decades - Depp has called him 'one of the most important poets of the 20th century’ and in 1994, starred in his music video for Shane's That Woman's Got Me Drinking, the debut single from his band The Popes:
The house band for the evening, led by Musical Director Terry Edwards, will include McGowan's Pogues cohorts Cáit O'Riordan, Spider Stacy, Jem Finer and Terry Woods.
McGowan also features on RTÉ this Christmas in Fairytale Of New York, a documentary celebrating his most iconic song, which airs on RTÉ 1 on December 21st.
Shane McGowan: A 60th Birthday Celebration takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on 15th January 2018, with tickets going on sale this Friday, December 8th - more details here.