Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
Next Thursday will be the 30th anniversary of the release of The Pogues’ ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ and in keeping with our annual themed concerts in 2018 we will be presenting 'The Fairy Tale of Port Fairy - The Pogues Songbook', narrated by our Ambassador, Derek Guille and will feature a stellar cast from our program.
The Fairy Tale of Port Fairy will re-imagine a snapshot of the great body of work of The Pogues. For those of us who remember, it will be a joy; and for debutantes to the poetry of The Pogues, we guarantee you will have a mighty time. Steve Poltz and Rebecca Barnard will take to the stage and reinterpret ‘The Fairy Tale of New York’, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra will put their glorious spin on ‘Dirty Old Town’, The Teskey Brothers will inject their magic into ‘A Rainy Night In Soho’ and other classics and favourites will be performed by Sásta, The Band Who Knew Too Much and many more, who will take on these cherished songs which hit the air waves and the hearts of people thirty years ago.
The poetry and narrative style of Irish punk/folk band The Pogues captured the world in the eighties, with their perfect juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary takes on Irish people and culture. Their music is about Ireland, it is about the Irish migrant experience, it transforms a view of the underclass and, 30 years ago, it also challenged the view “of Irish people and culture from tabloid/IRA fueled suspicion to something attractive and romantic.” - Dave Simpson, The Guardian.
Port Fairy Folk Festival Ambassador Derek Guille, says, “From the first time I heard 'Rum, Sodomy and the Lash', I was hooked. This was folk music for the times - punk and trad, raw and angry, profane and beautiful. The Pogues were more than a folk/punk band - they were a great band.”
Early bird tickets are on sale now, but will close on 08 December.
Warmest regards as always,
The Program Team x