Photo by Sorcha Frances Ryder
Irish folk punk can be a bit hokey at times, but when a band nails it, they just nail it. The Mary Wallopers are actually Irish, which is always a plus. The band they get compared to the most is The Pogues, and once you hear their latest single, you'll understand why. "Wexford" is a very traditionally Irish song, but it still has just enough of an edge to it to be considered punk. It's a ballad, and a beautiful and traditional one at that, but the song still has that punk thing going for it. It's not even a Mary Wallopers original, but a traditional Irish song written by Pecker Dunne. Still, they make this song sound like their own, imbuing the song with enough emotion to make it feel completely personal.
Andrew Hendy says of the new single:
You can watch the video for "Wexford" below. Irish Rock 'n' Roll is due out October 6, and is available for pre-order here. For more on The Mary Wallopers, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.