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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!
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THE DEAD MAGGIESAugust 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Cricketers, 20 Fairfield S, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2UL, UKwith MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and BENNY MAYHEM
THE DEAD MAGGIESAugust 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Stags Head, 55 Orsman Rd, London N1 5RA, UKwith MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and BENNY MAYHEM
WILLIAM WALLACE MEMORIAL RALLYAugust 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmSaint Bartholomew's Hospital, W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, UK
THE STREET DOGSAugust 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Underworld Camden, 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE, UK
THE REAL MacKENZIESSeptember 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:30 pmThe Underworld Camden, Camden High Street, London
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS ' HALFWAY TO ST PATRICKS DAY'September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Gunners, 204 Blackstock Rd, London N5 1EN, UKFREE SHOW with FOLLOW THE CROWS plus more TBC
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANGOctober 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 11:00 pmNell's Jazz and Blues, 3 North End Crescent, London W14 8TG, UK
FEROCIOUS DOGOctober 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Rd, London SW15 1EU, UK
RETURN TO CAMDENOctober 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm – October 30, 2017 at 11:00 pmIrish traditional folk festival
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.
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