A Tale for Christmas

Wailin’ Banshees frontman, Gav Kelly says he would love to have music legend Shane MacGowan’s blessing for the band’s latest single.

‘A Tale for Christmas’, released in recent days, is a song in homage to The Pogues and Kirsty McCall classic, ‘Fairytale of New York.’


Containing references to what is arguably the best Christmas release of all time, the Banshees’ first originally-penned single has already amassed some 15,000 views on social media.

“We actually had it written last year but at that time it was too late to have it recorded and have the video done ahead of Christmas,” Gav explained. “You’d want to have a Christmas song released in November at the latest.

“I went back to the song earlier this year and starting looking at it again, and fine-tuning things. It has a nod to ‘Fairytale of New York’ but also to your typical holiday antics, everything from nipping down the pub for the annual Christmas drink, to questionable presents under the tree. Gradually though, it became more and more of an homage to Fairytale of New York, leaning more in that direction.”

Written by Gav and Eamon Doherty, the video for the song was made at St Pat’s Hall in Strabane, directed and filmed by Gav and Aodhán Mac Giolla Easpaig.

“It’s flying on Facebook at the minute; the video only went live a couple of days ago and it has around 15,000 views so far,” Gav said. “We have a couple of radio station appearances lined up, so hopefully the right person picks up on it.

“The reaction to the song so far has been great. People have said it’s nice to have a new Christmas song, that you always have the same ones every year, some good, some not so good. Hopefully it’ll do well for us.

“If we got Shane MacGowan’s blessing, that would be great. I’ve emailed his management company to let them know about it and I messaged The Pogues official website.

“We have time to try and get him before Christmas. You never know.”

• The Wailin’ Banshees will play Ruby’s in Strabane on New Year’s Eve. ‘A Tale for Christmas’ is available to buy or stream on all major platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon etc…


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