The Mary Wallopers – new single, album and tour dates

The Mary Wallopers
Photograph courtesy of Songlines

The Mary Wallopers have released a new track from their forthcoming second album Irish Rock ’n’ Roll today.

‘The Idler’ is a timely folk song, one that carries a pertinent (and what should be universally given) message of acceptance in the face of daily injustices that have run down the ages. In its two and a half righteous minutes, ‘The Idler’ calls out (among others) money grabbing landlords, the clergy, the taxman and petty-minded xenophobes.

The Mary Wallopers’ Sean McKenna on ‘The Idler’: “The song was written in response to the scapegoating and vilification of ordinary people just doing what they need to do in order to keep struggling through life, rarely harming anyone, meanwhile those in positions of power, the ones who often create or uphold such situations, are held in high esteem and regarded as pillars of the community. In essence it is a simple call to punch up, not down.”

‘The Idler’ is one of three original Mary Wallopers compositions on Irish Rock ’n’ Roll.

Irish Rock nRoll follows last year’s hugely acclaimed self-titled debut. If every album an artist makes offers a snapshot of where they stand at that point, then the picture presented by Irish Rock nRoll 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).

Artists’ website:

‘The Idler’ – official video:

The Mary Wallopers play a series of previously announced dates across Europe, Great Britain and Ireland this autumn:

Wednesday 8 November                  Southampton Engine Rooms
Thursday 9 November                   Bristol Trinity (sold out)
Friday 10 November                  London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Saturday 11 November                  Manchester Academy 2 (sold out)
Sunday 12 November                 Cardiff Tramshed
Wednesday 15 November                Folkestone Quarterhouse
Thursday 16 November                 Oxford The Bullingdon
Friday 17 November                  Brighton CHALK
Saturday 18 November                  Liverpool O2 Academy Liverpool
Sunday 19 November                 Norwich Epic Studios
Wednesday 22 November                Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 23 November                 Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Friday 24 November                  Northampton Roadmender
Saturday 25 November                  Sheffield The Leadmill
Thursday 7 December                   Dublin Vicar Street (sold out)
Friday 8 December                     Dublin Vicar Street (sold out)
Saturday 9 December                    Belfast The Telegraph Building
Sunday 10th December              Derry St Columbs Hall
Wednesday 13 December                Edinburgh The Liquid Room
Thursday 14 December                 Dundee Fat Sams
Friday 15 December                   Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Saturday 16 December                  Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
Wednesday 20 December                Galway Leisureland
Thursday 21 December                 Kilkenny Langtons Ballroom (sold out)
Friday 22 December                   Limerick Big Top
Saturday 23 December                  Cork City Hall