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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!
GALLEY BEGGARFebruary 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmNew Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS, UK
PIRATEFEST 2018February 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 11:00 pmThe Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 1JYAlestorm, Dread Crew Of Oddwood, Rumahoy Celtic/Folk- Metal.
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTSFebruary 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 11:30 pmThe Gunners, 204 Blackstock Rd, London N5 1EN, UKBands to be announced very soon!
SAINT PIRANS DAY (Kernow)March 5, 2018
BOYS OF THE COUNTY HELLMarch 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:30 pmNew Cross Inn, London SE14, UKwith HEADSTICKS
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FEROCIOUS DOGMarch 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmAcademy 2 OxfordSt Patrick's Day with the Dog! 🇮🇪☘️💣
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