Friends and fans out to help Popes musician

By Shelley Marsden

THE London Celtic Punks are putting on a benefit gig on February 1 for their friend, Paul ‘Mad Dog’ McGuinness from legendary Celtic punk band The Popes.

Sadly, Paul was seriously injured after being knocked down by a taxi in East London on November 21, suffering compound leg fractures and head trauma. Though he is out of intensive care, the road to recovery will be long and his musician friends are keen to help in any way they can.

The Popes were Shane MacGowans backing band when he left The Pogues and when he ‘retired’ they set out on their own. They have been regulars on the London-Irish scene since with songs like Holloway Boulevard.

The tattooed singer stepped into the limelight when he took over from Shane McGowan on occasions that Shane had to leave the stage, the first of which was on The David Letterman Show, and the next at Madison Square Gardens.

The February 1 gig, entitled Give A Dog A Bone, will include sets from The Lagan, Leeson O’Keefe, lead singer of Neck, The Brendan Behan Pig and Whistle Band and Greenford Bhoy DJ with more yet to be confirmed.

Tickets (£5) will be available at the door. The venue is TCHANCES, 399 High Rd, Tottenham, North London.  See for more.

The Popes will keep fans updated on Paul’s progress via the website




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