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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)
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS CALLUM HOUSTONDecember 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm – 11:00 pmFrosty's Bar, Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 9DWGraveyard Johnnys guitarist Callum Houston plays his debut London solo show at one of the best bars the London Irish has to offer. Admission free!!
THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANGDecember 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Fiddler, 229 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 7JG
Celtic vs HibernianDecember 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337916/celtic-vs-hibernian On Hibs TV.
NEW MODEL ARMYDecember 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm – December 15, 2019 at 11:00 pmElectric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP
Celtic vs AberdeenDecember 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337921/celtic-vs-aberdeen
THE POGUE TRADERSDecember 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7ANThe best Pogues tribute going!
St. Mirren vs CelticDecember 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337932/st-mirren-vs-celtic
Celtic vs RangersDecember 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337933/celtic-vs-rangers On Rangers TV.
Kilmarnock vs CelticJanuary 22, 2020 at 7:45 pm – 9:45 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337941/kilmarnock-vs-celticn
Celtic vs Ross CountyJanuary 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmhttp://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3337945/celtic-vs-ross-county
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