Once the band behind Shane McGowan, The Popes are a mighty fine beat combo in their own right, managing to combine some fine rock ‘n’ roll with a slight tinge of Celtic and folk without it sounding cheesy. They are hailed as being the Irish equivalent of Booker T and the MG’s with their mix of contemporary folk rockin’ head boppin’ Dublin rock.
They have proved that they can hold their own as a formidable live act with or without the former Pogues frontman’s help. Paul (Mad Dog) McGuinness is an energetic showman, in whose hands the legacy of the Pogues resides, both as a live performer and also at the helm of an experienced recording outfit such as The Popes
Their latest album ‘New Church’ deserves all the exposure it can get and its moments of greatness shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an album that easily transports you into a cosy pub in Dublin, showcasing a sound that encompasses the fun spirit of Ireland.
There is always room in your collection for the eclectic Popes.
…”Rouses like only the very best of Irish Folk can…” – Nick Duerden – Q Magazine