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Johnny Mac and the Faithful are a band of lifelong friends who can kickstart any party with their jamboree of Celtic-folk and Americana. Performing with their hearts on their sleeves, their barn-bursting set, influenced by their love of The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, Woodie Guthrie and The Waterboys has managed to attract the attention of none other than Sir Rod Stewart.
Made up of John Mclaughlin (lead vocalist), Gordy Goudie (lead guitar), Ryan Hassan (drums), Tam McKinley (bass), Gary McDowell (guitar), Terry Dourish (keys and accordion) and Lisa Petticrew (fiddle), the band are a tombola of musicians with Scottish and Irish roots...who have each travelled many a different musical route to meet at the end of the same well-trodden road. Like a raggle-taggle hoard of troubadours they roll from gig to gig, playing their own brand of uplifting, joyful 3-chord wonders, covering Irish folk classics such as Ewan MacColl’s ‘Dirty Old Town’ and Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl’ as well as a string of original songs including new single ‘Took a train’ and ‘You make my Monday morning feel like Saturday night’.
Frontman of the band Johnny Mac is better known in the music industry as John McLaughlin, the award-winning songwriter and producer who has penned hits for artists such as Westlife, Busted, Echo & The Bunnymen, Shane MacGowan, Sandi Thom and more recently Rod Stewart.