... Breaking News ...

Paul (Mad Dog) McGuinness


As of the 17th March 2014 Paul is making slow but steady progress.

Paul would like to wish everyone a very Happy St Patricks Day

Paul McGuinness

Ian Bramble (The Popes), Will Morrison (The Popes), Paul 'Mad Dog' McGuinness, Charles (Popes Web Design)

Pauls Family, Friends and Band Members would like to thank you all for your prayers and thoughts.

Paul has been transfered to 'R.N.R.U' in The Homerton Hospital, Homerton Row, London, E9 6SR

Please keep Paul in your prayers for a swift and speedy recovery

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All Donations managed by Ian Bramble of The Popes 


The story of The Popes began when...

"Paul Mad Dog McGuinness" followed Shane McGowan  and banjo player Tommy the Beast McManamon from The Pogues to form a brand new band. The story of the band has been a tumultuous one involving fame and notoriety, drugs, prison and death (Sadly that of Tommy).

Led by 'Mad Dog' the band have come through those times all the stronger. With two new highly acclaimed albums, and an exciting live act that has entertained audiences on 3 continents. The Popes are winning whole new generations of fans around The World.

The Popes

"The Popes are:"

Paul "Mad Dog" McGuinness - Guitar and Vocals
Ian Bramble  - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Will Morrison - Drums and Backing Vocals
Greg Courtney  - Bass and Backing Vocals
Dave Allen -  Fiddle, Mandolin and Backing Vocals
Whiskey Mick Rowan - Mandolin, and Backing Vocals

..."Rouses like only the very best of Irish Folk can..." Nick Duerden - Q Magazine

"The Popes' excellent Outlaw Heaven album is what The Waterboys would have sounded like had Mike Scott sipped from the streams of whiskey. A true rough diamond." Dave Simpson - The Guardian


Brian Whelan Art

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Rotosound Strings

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