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The Mary Wallopers announce second album Irish Rock N Roll; hear ‘Wexford’

The Mary Wallopers announce second album Irish Rock N Roll; hear ‘Wexford’


The Mary Wallopers have announced their second album is called Irish Rock N Roll and is is to be released on October 6th on BC Records.

Irish Rock N Roll is preceded by the ballad ‘Wexford’, which was originally written by Pecker Dunne, a man most known for writing funny songs but this one is more heartfelt. The band have also announced a UK tour in November and December with dates and tracklisting for the album below

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Andrew Hendy of the band says of the song:

“The song was written by Pecker Dunne, who was a travelling musician. He brought so many songs into circulation over the years he played, you’ll have heard the Dubliners playing a lot of his songs. He came from a line of travelling musicians. His father was a fiddle player and his mother was a tightrope walker, the whole family’s trade was entertainment. ‘Wexford‘ is one of the most beautiful songs in the ballad tradition. He wrote it about growing up in Wexford. It touches on his upbringing and on the grief that travellers suffer in Ireland which is something that’s not really talked about much. It’s an incredible, emotional song. We’ve always gravitated towards that side of folk music – the most accessible side of music, the kind you can just stand on the street singing. Pecker Dunne wrote so many funny songs, which makes it even more hard hitting when he’d sing a song like this.”

Irish Rock N Roll features ‘The Holy Ground’, a live favourite the Wallopers debuted recently. Irish Rock N Roll was recorded at Black Mountain Studios by David Noonan and will be available on 12” vinyl, CD and digitally. Pre-order.

The album is also available in a Dinked edition which is for the first time ever available outside the UK in Dublin’s Spindizzy Records. it comes with a pink and black splattered vinyl, signed and with a bonus 7″.

Tracklist below.

Irish Rock N Roll tracklist

1. The Bauld O Donoghue
2. The Holy Ground
3. Rakes of Poverty
4. The Rich Man and the Poor Man
5. The Idler
6. Madam I’m A Darlin’
7. Vultures of Christmas
8. The Turfman from Ardee
9. Hot Asphalt
10. Wexford
11. The Blarney Stone
12. Rothsea O
13. Gates of Heaven

The Mary Wallopers were formed by brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and Sean McKenna  and have since swelled to a seven piece….

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Andrew Hendy – banjo
Charles Hendy – guitar
Sean McKenna – guitar
Seamas Hyland – accordion
Finian O’Connor – pipes / whistles
Roisin Barrett – bass
Ken Mooney – drums

The Mary Wallopers tour dates

Fri 21 Jul – Tramlines, Sheffield
Sat 22 Jul -Latitude, Suffolk
Sun 23 Jul  – Truck, Oxford
Fri 28 Jul – Belladrum Tartan Heart, Inverness-shire
Sat 29 Jul – Kendal Calling. Lowther
Sun 30 Jul – Deer Shed, Thirsk
Thu 10 Aug – Boomtown, Winchester
Sat 12 Aug – Guinness Irish Festival, Sion
Fri 18 Aug – Beautiful Days, Exeter
Fri 25 Aug – Victorious, Portsmouth
Sat 26 Aug – Tonder Festival
Fri 1 Sep – End of the Road, Salisbury
Sat 2 Sep – Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
Sun 3 Sep – Electric Picnic, County Laois
Fri 8 Sep – Rotown, Rotterdam,Netherlands 
Sat 9 Sep – Misty Fields, Netherlands 
Sun 10 Sep – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Thu 14 /  Fri 15 Sep – by:larm, Norway 
Sat 16 Sep – Bar Brooklyn, Stockholm, Sweden 
Sun 17 Sep – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tue 19 Sep – Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany 
Wed 20 Sep – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany 
Thu 21 Sep – Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium
Wed 8 Nov – Southampton Engine Rooms
Thu 9 Nov – Bristol Trinity
Fri 10 Nov – London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sat 11 Nov – Manchester Academy 2
Sun 12 Nov – Cardiff Tramshed
Wed 15 Nov – Folkestone Quarterhouse
Thu 16 Nov – Oxford The Bullingdon
Fri 17 Nov – Brighton CHALK
Sat 18 Nov – Liverpool O2 Academy Liverpool
Sun 19 Nov – Norwich Epic Studios
Wed 22 Nov – Exeter Phoenix
Thu 23 Nov – Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Fri 24 Nov – Northampton Roadmender
Sat 25 Nov – Sheffield The Leadmill
Wed 13 Dec – Edinburgh The Liquid Room
Thu 14 Dec – Dundee Fat Sams
Fri 15 Dec – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Sat 16 Dec – Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

UK Tickets go on sale on Friday 21st July at 9.30am; a fan pre-sale is open from Wednesday 19th July at 9.30am, via SEE Tickets for anyone pre-ordering the album.

Irish dates to follow.

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