The Mary Wallopers walk on The Holy Ground with album and UK tour

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IF The Pogues and The Dubliners had a love child it would be rising Irish punk-folk band The Mary Wallopers.

And their godparent is a cheeky nod to the Dead Kennedys.

The Mary Wallopers are taking the music scene by storm and you can see what all the fuss is about they play their biggest UK tour to date in May following the release of new album, The Holy Ground, out April 27.

Full of foot stomping raucous energy and a contagious charm, the band set off a seven city tour – full details below – visiting Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and London.

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Seven piece band The Mary Wallopers were formed by brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna traveling the length and breadth of Ireland singing and collecting songs.

Their early live performances exuded a raw energy and their self-titled first album perfectly captured their sound and ethos, one filled with warmth, intimacy, chaos and enough sparks ready to light any fire.

The Holy Ground, out Aptil 27 – which will be available at all usual online download and streaming sites – is the band's unique take on a classic folk song from County Cork. In the hands of the Wallopers, it becomes a pummelling celebration of the joyful abandonment of shore leave.

The band’s Charles Hendy says of the song: “The Holy Ground is a song written about a place in Cobh, County Cork where sailors would stop off on long voyages across the Atlantic.

"Despite the name of the place there were little-to-no churches, instead it was the town's red light district where all sorts of fantasies could be realised.”

Following a UK tour at the end of 2022, that culminated in a sold out show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, The Mary Wallopers play the following series of previously announced dates this May.

Fri 5th May Manchester O2 Ritz

Sat 6th May Leeds Irish Centre

Sun 7th May Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

Wed 10th May Newcastle Wylam Brewery

Thu 11th May Bath Komedia

Fri 12th May Birmingham The Mill

Sat 13th May London O2 Forum Kentish Town

Following these shows, the band will also play a series of UK festival shows this summer, including Latitude, Truck, Kendal Calling, Beautiful Days and End of the Road.