The Mary Wallopers Announce New Birmingham Show To UK Tour



The Mary Wallopers

Irish Rock ’n’ Roll


The Mary Wallopers have announced details of their second album and a huge tour of the UK that runs from November through to Christmas this year.

Irish Rock n’ Roll is due for release on October 6th and follows last year’s hugely acclaimed self-titled debut (“these youngsters are all about presenting vibrancy, saltiness and edge via roots music from a bygone age, at a moment when such qualities are all but absent form contemporary pop” Mojo).

If every album an artist makes offers a snapshot of where they stand at that point, then the picture presented by Irish Rock n’ Roll is one of a band preparing to go stratospheric. It’s an album that manages to perfectly capture the chaos, humour and excitement of the band’s recent live shows whilst also showcasing the incredible emotional of the traditional ballads that they play (both in songs passed down from previous generations and – for the first time on this record – their own songs that promise to be passed down to future generations). One of those traditional ballads – Wexford – is the second single from the album following The Holy Ground and it’s online everywhere now.

The Mary Wallopers’ Andrew Hendy on Wexford:

“The song was written by Pecker Dunne, who was a travelling musician. He brought so many songs into circulation over the years he played, you’ll have heard the Dubliners playing a lot of his songs. He came from a line of travelling musicians. His father was a fiddle player and his mother was a tightrope walker, the whole family’s trade was entertainment. Wexford is one of the most beautiful songs in the ballad tradition. He wrote it about growing up in Wexford. It touches on his upbringing and on the grief that travellers suffer in Ireland which is something that’s not really talked about much. It’s an incredible, emotional song. We’ve always gravitated towards that side of folk music – the most accessible side of music, the kind you can just stand on the street singing. Pecker Dunne wrote so many funny songs, which makes it even more hard hitting when he’d sing a song like this.”



Irish Rock’n’Roll was recorded at Black Mountain Studios by David Noonan and features:

1.      The Bauld O Donoghue

2.      The Holy Ground

3.      Rakes of Poverty

4.      The Rich Man and the Poor Man

5.      The Idler

6.      Madam I’m A Darlin’

7.      Vultures of Christmas

8.      The Turfman from Ardee

9.      Hot Asphalt

10.  Wexford

11.  The Blarney Stone

12.  Rothsea O

13.  Gates of Heaven

Following a packed out Glastonbury performance last month (check the band’s BBC performance here), The Mary Wallopers will play sets at multiple festivals over the summer:

Tue 15 Aug                      Sziget Festival, Hungary

Fri 18 Aug                        Beautiful Days, Exeter

Fri 25 Aug                        Victorious, Portsmouth

Sat 26 Aug                       Tonder Festival

Fri 1 Sep                           End of the Road, Salisbury

Sat 2 Sep                          Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

Sun 3 Sep                         Electric Picnic, County Laois

Fri 8 Sep                           Rotown, Rotterdam,Netherlands

Sat 9 Sep                          Misty Fields, Netherlands

Sun 10 Sep                       Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thu 14/Fri 15 Sep         by:larm, Norway

Sat 16 Sep                        Bar Brooklyn, Stockholm, Sweden

Sun 17 Sep                       Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tue 19 Sep                       Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany

Wed 20 Sep                     Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany

Thu 21 Sep                      Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium

Following the release of Irish Rock n’ Roll they will play an extensive UK tour beginning in the autumn:

Wed 8 Nov                       Southampton Engine Rooms

Thu 9 Nov                        Bristol Trinity

Fri 10 Nov                       London O2 Forum Kentish Town

Sat 11 Nov                       Manchester Academy 2

Sun 12 Nov                      Cardiff Tramshed

Wed 15 Nov                    Folkestone Quarterhouse

Thu 16 Nov                     Oxford The Bullingdon

Fri 17 Nov                       Brighton CHALK

Sat 18 Nov                       Liverpool O2 Academy Liverpool

Sun 19 Nov                      Norwich Epic Studios

Wed 22 Nov                    Exeter Phoenix

Thu 23 Nov                     Wolverhampton Wulfrun

Fri 24 Nov                      Northampton Roadmender

Sat 25 Nov                     Sheffield The Leadmill

Sun 26 Nov                    Birmingham O2 Institute 1

Wed 13 Dec                   Edinburgh The Liquid Room

Thu 14 Dec                    Dundee Fat Sams

Fri 15 Dec                        Aberdeen Lemon Tree

Sat 16 Dec                        Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

Tickets are on sale now, here.

The Mary Wallopers were formed by brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna who began traveling the length and breadth of Ireland singing and collecting songs. During lockdown, they build up a huge online following playing livestreams from their home studio. In the years since, the band have expanded to a seven piece and built a fierce reputation as a live act. 

The Mary Wallopers are: Andrew Hendy – banjo; Charles Hendy – guitar; Sean McKenna – guitar; Seamas Hyland – accordion; Finian O’Connor – pipes/whistles; Roisin Barrett – bass; Ken Mooney – drums.