As today is the 17th Anniversary of the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl I am posting this cover of her most famous song. You can view the article of the version that she recorded with The Pogues here.
The Dropkick Murphys are a celtic punk band from the USA. They were formed in 1996 and self-released a few EPs before being signed to an independent label and releasing their first full album in 1998. There have been a few changes in the line-up since their inception and the current members are: Al Barr on vocals; James Lynch on guitar and backing vocals; Tim Brennan on guitar, backing vocals, and assorted other instruments; Jeff DaRosa on guitar, backing vocals, and assorted other instruments; Ken Casey on bass and vocals; and Matt Kelly on drums, bodhran, and backing vocals.
Fairytale Of New York was originally released by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl as a single in November 1987 and then on The Pogues album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. It was originally written in 1985, It tells the story of an Irish Immigrant to New York who has been locked up in the drunk tank for Christmas Eve and is remembering past Christmases and the deteriorating relationship with the songs female character. This is the Dropkick Murphys‘ live version of the song that is just as good as the original though not as polished. This recording was made at the Lowlands Festival in 2004 with Stephanie Dougherty taking Kirsty MacColl‘s part in the song. It starts off with a lot of crowd noise that appears to be a call for an encore and then the band take off giving a rousting version of the song in true Irish fashion.
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