Author Archives: James Fearnley

About James Fearnley

I am a co-founder and the accordion-player for London/Irish folk-punk group the Pogues.


In advance of the release of Fat Lot Of Good, however, I’m playing gigs by myself: Friday September 16th Barbès, Brooklyn, NY Saturday September 17th Dropkick Murphys’ Irish Festival, Gilford, NH Sunday September 18th The Great Scott – Boston, MA

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Fat Lot Of Good

Last October, we finally cleared our schedules and went back to Seagrass Studio, with charts for each of the 14 songs. A few of the songs still needed vocals and backing vocals . . Left to Right – Kieran Mulroney, … Continue reading

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Hat Box Bass Drum

Kieran, Dermot and I recorded an EP which was never released. The Cranky George Trio played shows in Los Angeles, The Double Door in Chicago and the Mercury Lounge in New York City. Once Brad Wood had joined, to play … Continue reading

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Saturday, August 13, 2016 I’ve been playing out, irregularly, for a couple of years, mostly at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles – because Molly Malone’s (birthplace of Flogging Molly, and where they played what seems to have been a years-long … Continue reading

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Caps, Lats, Traps and Bitch Tits

The San Gorgonio Pass marks the beginning of Coachella Valley. The San Bernardino Mountains to the north of Interstate 10 are draped into stream canyons. To the south, the San Jacinto range, luminescent with schist, looks like mounds of fire … Continue reading

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Weather for the High Stool

I’ve never come across such a deserted place as Bridgend on the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday Tuesday.  Here’s a photograph of Wyndham Street: I had dinner at Natraj Tandoori – the only restaurant that was open. Afterwards, I walked all … Continue reading

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Heading to England

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Publicity week

The Pogues flew back to London last Friday.  Since then, I’ve been doing publicity for the book.  First it was the Laugharne Weekend in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where Dylan Thomas lived, in the boathouse.  His writing shed (with a tatty woollen … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom Cobley and the Lash – March 17th

I don’t know how many bands have taken up playing, on St Patrick’s Day night, from beginning to end, Rum Sodomy and the Lash, the record we made in 1985, produced by Elvis Costello. In years past, Decemberists’ splinter group KMRIA (short for Kiss … Continue reading

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Hey Ho

NOT PART OF ‘HERE COMES EVERYBODY’ BUT STILL Strings reminiscent of Bobby Goldsboro’s “Summer (the First Time)” Human whistling (from the halls of Slade Art School and an empty flat in Bolton) Clown at the end of Twelfth Night: A … Continue reading

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