The Pogues reissue “Fairytale of New York” as a charity single

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Proceeds from the Pogues vinyl will be donated to the Dublin Simon Community, an organization that Shane MacGowan supported.

The Pogues reissue their Christmas classic “ Fairy Tale of New York » on 45 rpm vinyl for the benefit of a charity long supported by the late singer Shane MacGowan.

The new record is available to pre-order now, and £6 from each sale will be donated to the Dublin Simon Community, which works for the homeless. MacGowan has often performed at the Dublin Simon Community’s annual Christmas Eve concert. His last public performance before his death took place during the 2021 event.

Music is an emotional and visceral gift that can lift morale and bring hope to those most in needsaid Emma Kilkenny, fundraising and communications manager at the Dublin Simon Community. We share the magical memory of Shane’s performance at the very special Christmas concert recorded in St Patrick’s Cathedral during lockdown. The Christmas Eve concert is at the heart of Dublin’s fundraising Simon and Shane were always welcome and a truly amazing addition to this special event. »

MacGowan died of pneumonia on November 30 at the age of 65. The musician’s funeral took place at St. Mary of the Rosary Church in Nenagh, Ireland on December 8. Thousands of fans came to pay their respects, while Nick Cave, Bob Geldof and Irish President Michael D. Higgins were present inside the church.

The funeral was marked by several musical performances, including Nick Cave’s cover of the Pogues song ” A Rainy Night in Soho “, Cait O’Riordan and John Francis Flynn’s rendition of the traditional song ” I’m a Man You Don’t Meet Every Day ” (which the Pogues recorded in 1985) and Glen Hansard and Lisa O’Neill’s version of the song ” Fairy Tale of New York “.

After the funeral, a private wake was held at a nearby pub that MacGowan loved to frequent. And, according to a new report from The Independent, it was MacGowan who posthumously footed the bill. One participant told the newspaper: “ I know the pub they’re going to for the meal already had 10,000 euros on the counter for free beer – that was Shane’s last request. »

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