The Pogues’ 1984-86 BBC sessions to be released on new compilation

BBC Sessions

Sessions undertaken by The Pogues on the BBC between 1984-86 will be released as a new collection on October 30th.

Available on CD and digital platforms, the sessions from the John Peel, David ‘Kid’ Jensen, Phil Kennedy and Janice Long shows will focus mainly on the first phase of the band, when their punk apprenticeships remained at the forefront of Shane MacGowan’s devotion to Irish folk songs and fairytale.

Thus, rare live versions of firm early favourites such as Streams Of Whiskey, Greenland Whale Fisheries, Poor Paddy and Dirty Old Town are included, as is Sally MacLennane whose performance for John Peel in December 1984 is streaming now.

The Janice Long session from November 1986 also points towards a future of more classic rock and world music influences, particualrly through takes of If I Should Fall From Grace With God and Lullaby Of London.

The Pogues – The BBC Sessions 1984 – 1986 tracklist:

Broadcast 17/4/84 (as Pogue Mahone) – The John Peel Show;
Streams Of Whiskey
Greenland Whale Fisheries
Boys From The County Hell
The Auld Triangle

Broadcast 9th July 1984 – David ‘Kid’ Jensen;
Dingle Regatta
Poor Paddy On The Railway
Boys From The County Hell
Connemara, Let’s Go

Broadcast 12th December 1984 – John Peel Show;
Whiskey You’re The Devil
Sally MacLennane
Danny Boy

Broadcast 2nd March 1985 – The Phil Kennedy Show;

A Pair Of Brown Eyes
Muirshin Durkin
Sally MacLennane

Broadcast 11th July 1985 – Janice Long Show;
Wild Cats Of Kilkenny
Billy’s Bones
The Old Main Drag
Dirty Old Town

Broadcast 5th November 1986 – Janice Long Show;

If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Lullaby Of London
The Rake At The Gates Of Hell
Turkish Song Of The Damned

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