Though his lifestyle and controversial behavior have made Shane MacGowan infamous in the world of music, it is his powerful vocals which define the Pogues and strike a chord with fans all over the world.
Now 51 years of age, MacGowan has nine albums under his belt. The Pogues, which disbanded for several years, have regrouped and annually play in the U.S. around St. Patrick’s Day.
This year they will showcase in Washington, D.C., among other venues.
Born in England to Irish parents – his mother was a singer and model and his father was a writer – MacGowan briefly attended music school in England but after being asked to leave he drew on his Irish roots and formed the Pogues who often sang of Irish nationalism and the Irish experience in England.
He now lives in Carney, Co. Tipperary, his mother’s family home.
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