Pogue Traders headline 40 years of The Pogues celebration

Pogue Traders 40th anniversary of The Pogues

On the 4th October 1982, a new group, originally known as Pogue Mahone played their first gig. James Fearnley, Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacy and Jem Finer took the stage at The Pindar of Wakefield (now known as The Water Rats) in London’s Kings Cross.

40 years later, to the day, the UK’s leading Pogues tribute band The Pogue Traders are returning to the same venue for a wider celebration of the band’s music and their impact on the world’s music scene. Tickets are now on sale here.

The evening’s celebrations will open with an hour-long Q&A with Shane MacGowan’s official biographer Richard Balls discussing his recent book ‘A Furious Devotion: The Life of Shane MacGowan‘ with Maeve Murphy, award-winning Director and author of “Christmas At The Cross“. Both will be “In Conversation”. Their books will be available to buy and get signed as well !

Supporting The Pogue Traders for the night is from Paul ‘Mad Dog’ McGuinness And Band who toured with Shane MacGowan for almost a decade as a founder member of The Popes.

Exact stage times for each part of the evening are yet to be finalised (Check with venue or Facebook nearer date). Tickets are £15 / £20 On the door.

Furious Devotion
Richard Balls, author of A Furoius Devotion will start the evening with a Q&A about his biography of Shane MacGowan.

County Affair – album out today.

off the grid - the county affair

The County Affair recording at the historic Abbey Road studios.

The County Affair – a band fronted by Pogue Traders stalwart Tony Regan has a debut album – Off The Grid – out today.

Recorded at Abbey Road studios, they’re promoting it at a sold-out show in London’s Green Room on the 23rd September, and you can buy a signed copy of the album here. They’re also playing a gig at Nottingham Greyfriars on the 17th September – details on Facebook here.

Tony thinks he’s no longer in the Pogue Traders, but he does have a habit of coming back to fill in when he’s needed so we’re still treating him as part of the family.

2019 “In the Bleak Midwinter Tour” – dates

The Pogue Traders will be playing “In the Bleak Midwinter Tour” dates throughout the UK in October, November and December 2019.

We will update this page with links to ticketing websites as they become available.

  • 5th October (Saturday) – May Garland Inn, Horam. (Free entry)
  • 22nd November (Friday) – McChuills, Glasgow. (Tickets here)
  • 23rd November (Saturday) – The Glenmavis Tavern, Bathgate. (Details here – Facebook page)
  • 30th November (Saturday) – Greyfriars, Nottingham. Tickets here.
  • 14th December (Saturday) – Liverpool Irish Centre. Tickets here.
  • 20th December (Friday) – Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre. POSTPONED – DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • 21st December (Saturday) – Dublin Castle, Camden. Tickets here.



2018-19 Winter tour & St Patrick’s Day show announced

The following dates have been announced for The Pogue Traders. This page will be updated with more details / ticket links as they become available.


  • Nov 10th – May Garland Inn, Horam, Sussex (free)
  • Nov 30th – Bradwell, Peak District – Shoulder of Mutton pub (free)
  • Dec 1st – Nottingham – Greyfriars, Gordon Road, Nottingham NG3 2LG – tickets here
  • Dec 14th – Liverpool Irish Centre, 6 Boundary Lane, Liverpool L6 5JG – tickets here.
  • Dec 15th – Glasgow QMU, 22 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QN – tickets here.
  • Dec 21st – Dublin Castle pub, Parkway, Camden Town, London – tickets here.


  • Feb 2nd  – Hennessey’s Pub – Digbeth, Birmingham (free)
  • Mar 1st – The Arches Venue, Coventry – tickets here.
  • Mar 17th (St Patrick’s Day) – The Half Moon, Putney, London – tickets here.