Shane McGowan may have been born on Christmas Day in Pembury, Kent, but I consider him to be among the literary greats of Ireland along with the likes of Shaw, Yeats, Behan, Beckett and Joyce.
If there is any opportunity to see McGowan performing with the Pogues then the opportunity should be grasped in much the same way that you’d drop in to see Michelangelo paint a small section of the Sistine Chapel, witness Dickens write the first paragraph of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ or see Shelley compose the first stanza of ‘The Masque of Anarchy’.
McGowan and the Pogues are appearing this very night at the O2. Me? Oh, I’ll be in High Wycombe with the Good Lady B watching ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ with bloody Ann Widdecombe and ******* Craig Revel-Horwood! Bitter? Pah!
This is a bit of an unsung classic, composed by the man in his stint with the Popes. 'Tura lura luray / Tura lura lie' Indeed!