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The Mary Wallopers - brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna – are a rabble-rousing three-piece Irish ballad group who started out traveling the length and breadth of the country singing & collecting songs. Their early live performances exuded a raw energy that could be best described as Dead Kennedys meets The Clancy Brothers.

When COVID decimated the music industry and cancelled all live music, the first band out of the blocks were The Mary Wallopers. Unfazed by the global shutdown, the three Dundalk men built a pub/studio in their house to connect with their fans again. On St. Patrick's Day 2020 they became one of the first bands in the world to host a livestream.

Armed with a DIY attitude, they performed live in their homemade clubhouse, creating broadcasts that felt like Wayne's World soundtracked entirely by Irish ballads. The show brought some much-needed joy to the 40,000 people who tuned in live. As the streams continued, their audiences both home and abroad grew, allowing them to book their first UK headline tour.

To capture the chaotic energy of the livestream, the Wallopers expanded to a seven-piece, including bass, drums, accordion and tin whistle. When lockdown restrictions lifted, the band picked up where they left off, playing to ecstatic audiences’ of 1500 people a night at two sold out gigs at the prestigious Vicar Street in Dublin before blazing a trail through the UK, ending up with a raucous sold out date at the Powerhaus in Camden.

The Mary Wallopers are taking their unique and joyous vision of the historic music of their home country out into the world.


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