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IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE is a candid portrait and artistic overview of Ireland’s ‘punk poet laureate’ that traces the singer-songwriter’s life from his childhood in Ireland, through his troubled teenage years in London, on into his explosion on the punk music scene fronting the Pogues and beyond. On a deeper level, the documentary examines distinctly Irish themes of the diaspora and displacement, anti-Irish racism, ‘the Troubles’, Irish Nationalism, Alcoholism, the legacy of Irish folk music and culture, and the Faustian price paid for artistic genius. Did I mention that it has some of the finest songs ever written? Featuring insightful commentary from his closest friends, family members and collaborators, and at once heart-breaking and inspiring, the film suggests that despite the hard road taken, MacGowan has yet to fall from grace.
Never forgetting that his family’s land in Ireland is his true spiritual home, young Shane MacGowan found himself uprooted at an early age when his parents moved to London for work. Suffering from displacement and the anti-Irish sentiment of his new environment, MacGowan found acceptance and community in London’s emerging punk subculture and quickly realized that playing traditional Irish Republican fight songs to a frenetic rock beat was perhaps the most punk rock thing one could do in the anti-Irish climate of England in the 1970s and 80s. At once a poet in the ancient Irish folk tradition; a mesmerizing performer; a godfather of British punk; a contemporary songwriting genius in the tradition of Cave, Dylan, Reed, and Waits; and a fierce Republican fighter with the soul of a hopeless tragic romantic, the film is testament that popular music will not see the likes of Shane MacGowan’s magic again. Long may he play!
UPCOMING GIGS AND STUFF (see the 'WHATS ON' page for more details)
RETURN TO CAMDENOctober 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm – October 30, 2017 at 11:00 pmweek long Irish traditional folk festival
THE LAGANNovember 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:15 pmThe Fighting Cocks, 56 Old London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QA, UKWith the Barstool Preachers and more. FREE entry.
DAMIEN QUINNNovember 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmFrostys Bar, 404 Kenton Rd HA3 9DW£5. BBQ from 6.30 Music at 7.30pm. NO admission on the night without a ticket
THE UNDERTONESNovember 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmKOKO, 1A Camden High St, Kings Cross, London NW1 7JE, UK
FLATFOOT 56 IN KINGSTONNovember 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Cricketers, 20 Fairfield S, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2UL, UKWith THE LAGAN, MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and more.
FLATFOOT 56 IN LONDONNovember 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmTChances Arts & Music Centre, 399 High Rd, London N17 6QN, UKWith THE LAGAN, MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and more.
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANGDecember 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Borderline, Manette Street, London
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANGDecember 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Borderline, Manette Street, London
NEW MODEL ARMYDecember 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 11:00 pmo2 Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 1JY, UK
GOGOL BORDELLODecember 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmO2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL, UK
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