Almanac Music: ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl)



It’s Christmas, and what better way to celebrate this special time of the year than with one of the great Christmas songs of recent times, ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl).




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  1. Kirsty MacColl is one of the great what might have beens of modern music. Incredibly talented, witty and lyrical. On the fringes of punk/new wave and her talent lifted many tossers above the mundane.
    Daughter of political activist and singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl (“First Time Ever I Saw Your Face; Dirty Old Town).
    Kirsty died at 41 when hit by a motor boat while diving in Mexico.
    Her great songs include:
    There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears he’s Elvis;
    Soho Square (exquisite)
    In These Shoes (check out the Camille O’Sullivan version on You Tube)
    And “England Two Colombia Nil” (I know just how those Colombians feel) the best footy song of all time (sorry Mike Brady and Champs)

  2. The greatest Christmas tune of all.

    Looking forward to seeing the new Shane Macgowan doco.

  3. Spot on Smokie, this is THE Christmas tune. It will be played/heard as long as there is music.

    I’m interested in the recent fillum about Shane Macgowan. He had a bad fall back in 2015/2016 breaking his pelvis; now wheelchair bound. “If i should fall from grace”.

    However he’s still physically with us. Poor old Kirsty MacColl suffered a horrible death for which the perpetrator received nary a slap on the wrist with a wet gold fish. Not nice.

    Frohliche Weinachten Almanacers,


  4. Daryl Schramm says

    All very new to me PB. Just spent a good 70 minutes finding out about her. A great talent. Most interesting.

  5. John Butler says

    I’ll second the thoughts of Smokie and Glen. It sure gets my vote.

  6. Saw the documentary yesterday. It lives up to the wraps
    Don’t miss it .

  7. Keiran Croker says

    Yes, it is the great Christmas song. Interesting that it’s now banned on some air waves because some of the lyrics are not considered pc. All the more reason to play it and celebrate it.

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