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Sensory Overload: Shane MacGowan, Irish Farmer


It’s not truly St. Patrick’s Day without a healthy dose of The Pogues wash down your Guinness. While frontman Shane MacGowan is best known as a drunken Irish punk, he hails from a family farm in County Tipperary, and recently has returned to his farmboy roots.

In 2009, Shane and his wife, Irish writer Victoria Mary Clarke, starred in their own Irish television special Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own. Inspired by Michelle Obama’s White House garden and the 1970s British TV Show The Good Life, the special documents Victoria’s and Shane’s attempt to live off of their garden and host a harvest party featuring their vegetable cache.

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Sadly, Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own never aired in the States, but one can only imagine the antics that went on.  Apparently, there wasn’t much success in the garden, despite Shane’s fondness for providing “helpful” farming tips. Hilarity ensues, and I hope to catch some clips of it someday…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, HOMEGROWNers. I raise my glass to a hearty growing season. I leave you with one last Irish blessing, and a classic from The Pogues to kickstart your holiday.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may you have more bountiful brassicas than Farmer MacGowan!

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3 Responses to “Sensory Overload: Shane MacGowan, Irish Farmer”

  1. Jim and Millicent Says:

    This takes me back to Toad’s Place circa 1985 when the Pouges came to New Haven. This is an amazing way to kick off the high holy day with sweet Sally MacLennane! Wish we could have some of Shane’s spuds to go with our brisket!!!

  2. Kelley Jean Monahan Says:

    One of the best concert moments of my life, House of Blues Boston, 2009 Fantastic!!!….Growing a field of potatoes this year, to honor my “roots.”

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