The Mary Wallopers prepare for their biggest UK tour to date in November.

From their latest album The Holy Ground is the band’s unique take on a classic folk song from County Cork. In the hands of the Wallopers, the song 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.”

Seven piece band The Mary Wallopers were formed by brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna travelling 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.



Date Venue
Sat 18th O2 Academy Liverpool
Sun 19th Epic Studios Norwich
Wed 22nd Phoenix Exeter
Fri 24th Roadmenders Northampton
Sat 25th The Leadmill Sheffield
Sun 26th O2 Institute Birmingham


Date Venue
Wed 13th The Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
Thu 14th Fat Sams Dundee
Fri 15th The Lemon Tree Aberdeen
Sat 16th Barrowlands Glasgow

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