The rabble-rousing Mary Wallopers “turned the studio into a pub” to record their second album Irish Rock N Roll, which came out last year. The contemporary Irish folk band started life as a travelling three-piece and have since doubled in size to include the tin whistle and the uilleann pipes, flaunting tight musicianship with a punk slant. The Pogues comparison is unavoidable, and well-earned, as the energetic group breathe new life into timeless tunes — and turn every gig venue and festival stage into a pub, too.

Country: Ireland