KringleTalksKristmas Podcast

Episode 3 - Fairytale Of New York

November 29, 2021

On today's episode I take a look at the origins of a personal favourite and most certainly a British favourite Christmas Song - Fairytalk of New York by The Pogues featuring Kirsty McCall.


Written by Shane McGowan and Jem Finer; Fairytale of New York is about Irish people who immigrated to America in the 19th century to escape the potato famine and in hope of making it as entertainers in New York. Many didn't, however, and ended up homeless. It is also said to come from a desire to move away from tacky Christmas songs and to highlight the fact that a lot of people have a terrible time at Christmas. The main character is played by Shane McGowan reuniting with his troubled love Kirsty McCall.


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