Irish folk group The Mary Wallopers are bringing their blistering live show to BristolPosted on: 12 Sep 2023
The Dundalk buzz band have been a festival favourite up and down the country this year and, now, they’re gearing up to tour their upcoming sophomore album, Irish Rock N Roll.
The Mary Wallopers will play Bristol’s Trinity Centre on Thursday 9 November 2023.
Playing traditional Irish folk music through a contemporary gaze, the group have drawn obvious comparisons to the likes of The Pogues, however, The Mary Wallopers are very much their own beast, collating their favourite folk songs and reinvigorating them with their signature wit and energy.
The Mary Wallopers consists of brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy (previously cult comedy hip hop duo TPM) and their close friend Sean McKenna, with four additional members enlisted for their live outings.
Having travelled the length and breadth of Ireland singing and collecting the crème de la crème of folk songs, the band have become something a live sensation in recent times, exuding a raw energy that could be described as the Clancy Brothers meets John Lydon.
Charles has previously stated that the groups biggest thematic influence has been “reactionary stuff to poverty” while they also credit Jinx Lennon as a major musical influence. The Mary Wallopers first cultivated a cult following with gigs live streamed from the Hendy’s’ home during lockdown.
The band’s songs are innately political, cheeky and energetic in equal measure and, armed with memorable tunes such as ‘Cod Liver Oil And The Orange Juice’, ‘Eileen Og’ and recent single ‘The Blarney Stone’, The Mary Wallopers are a band that will not be stopped.
Their sophomore album Irish Rock N Roll, the follow up to last year’s self-titled debut, is set for release on Friday 6 October 2023. The Mary Wallopers’ UK tour will see them play venues in Southampton, Bristol, London, Manchester, Cardiff, Folkestone, Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool, Norwich, Exeter, Northampton, Sheffield and Birimingham across November.
The Mary Wallopers will play Bristol’s Trinity Centre on Thursday 9 November 2023 with tickets selling fast – grab yours HERE.
Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.