Ireland’s The Mary Wallopers live performances are renowned across the UK and Ireland for their raucous spirit, living up to their reputation as “The Clancy Brothers meets Dead Kennedys.” The 7-piece band released their debut self-titled album in the fall of 2020 to rave reviews. It was just nominated for Irish Album of the Year alongside Dermot Kennedy and Fontaine DC.
Perfectly capturing their sound and ethos, the album is filled with warmth, intimacy, chaos
and enough sparks ready to light any fire.
The Mary Wallopers is the culmination of several years of the Wallopers touring all corners of Ireland, collecting traditional songs before dusting them down and reimagining them in their Dundalk rehearsal space. The result is a record that perfectly channels an island’s musical history while never once sounding overawed by the task in hand.
Brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna formed The
Mary Wallopers as a three-piece ballad group and their early live performances exuded
a raw energy. They released their debut EP, A Mouthful of The Mary Wallopers, in 2019. The band expanded to a seven-piece that now includes Roisin Barret on bass, Brendan McInerney on drums, Seamas Hyland on accordion and Finian O’ Connor on tin whistle.