Shane MacGowan, lead singer, primary songwriter and occasional banjo player for The Pogues, has left this world.
That it happened so close to the Christmas holidays is somewhat ironic. This is one of his best known tunes:
One of a kind. R.I.P.
RIP Shane, I love your muisc, but it's an effen' miracle you lived as long as you did.
I was saddened by this news. A true original has left us. At one of the jam sessions I go to, we play Streams of Whiskey (a song MacGowan wrote) occasionally. We also play Dirty Old Town (a song the Pogues did). RIP Shane.
We walked him to the station in the rain
We kissed him as we put him on the train
And we sang him a song of times long gone
Though we knew that we'd be seeing him again
Wrote some of my all time favorite songs. An artist, a wonderful writer.
I have been hearing him since 1986, a total genius, my favorite singer
Kisses for Victoria, Siobhan and Maurice
A quirkily creative sort. Too bad he was oblivious to his health. His teeth passed long before he did.
We played "Dirty Old Town" at the jam on Friday, in his memory.
20 odd years ago I was working in Old Street, London fitting out a wine bar. We used to drive in about 5am to get an early start. We often saw Shane stumbling up the road past our site, probably on his way home. He always gave us a wave and a ragged smile. He was no stranger to building sites himself working a jackhammer for Murphy's when they were building Brent Cross shopping centre. Fine man he was.
'Maple Sugar' 3 min
'Banjo Hangout T shirts ' 23 min
'fiberskyn head 11 inch' 28 min
'fifth string capo' 33 min
'3 tail Presto tail pieces' 39 min
'Question for Parents..' 2 hrs