The Rapparees return to Strabane bringing their festive homage to
the Pogues to The Alley Theatre on Thursday the 8th December '22.
The show sees the Belfast 5 piece expand to a 12 piece with the
full brass section many remember from the raucous Pogues live
shows from the late 80s & early 90s. Sold out shows in Belfast
have seen the band take the show on the road to Germany,
Switzerland & Luxembourg.
Being on tour as support to Shane MacGowan & the Popes early
on in the life of the Rapparees galvanised their appreciation and
understanding of their musical heroes, already evident in the fact
the band are named from a lyric in Terry Woods’ ‘Young Ned of the
The set is woven exactly as expected, between the madness and
genius of Shane’s song writing, Spider’s driving whistle/beer tray
and the meandering melodies of James Fearnley on accordion.
Expect to hear all the hits – A Rainy Night in Soho, Streams of
Whiskey, Sally Maclennane, If I should Fall from Grace with God,
The Body of an American and of course, the Fairytale itself.
This fantastic evening will be supported by the wonderful singer / songwriter Paul Tully. If you haven’t seen him live before, you are in for a treat. Paul has supported Foy Vance, Cara Dillon and Paddy Casey to name but a few and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Alley stage.