The Fairy Tale of Port Fairy

The Fairy Tale of Port Fairy – The Pogues Songbook
Narrated by Derek Guille

 Sat  Stage 3  10:30pm – 12:00am

“The very best Christmas song is, of course, the only one to involve someone being called “an old slut on junk”. ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl is a glorious drunken hymn to broken dreams and bitterly cold recriminations” The NME.

The 23rd of November 2017 marked 30 years since the release of one of the greatest Christmas songs ‘The Fairy Tale of New York’, and to mark this anniversary the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival is presenting our own one off fairy tale in celebration of The Pogues great Songbook.

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 fuelled suspicion to something attractive and romantic.” Dave Simpson, The Guardian.

 The Fairy Tale of Port Fairy will reimagine a snapshot of the great body of work of The Pogues. For those who know the songs it will be a joy to revisit and for those who don’t it will be a mighty introduction to the poetry of The Pogues.

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.”

The Fairy Tale of Port Fairy features the following artists:

The Band Who Knew Too Much – Fiesta & Streams of Whiskey

Breabach – Navigator

Hussy Hicks – Turkish Song of the Damned

John McSherry & Donal O’Connor Trio – A Pair Of Brown Eyes & If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Dirty Old Town

Rebecca Barnard & Steve Poltz with the Southern Ocean Sea Band – Fairy Tale Of New York

Sásta – Irish Rover & Sally MacLennane

Southern Ocean Sea Band – I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day & Greenland Whale Fisheries

The Teskey Brothers – Rainy Night In Soho

The Thin White Ukes – Loreli