The Bogues is a San Francisco based 8-10-piece Pogues celebration band founded by Bay Area songwriter and British Isles transplant Paul Griffiths.”With our singing, bouzouki, tin whistle, banjo, accordion, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, drums, and, when circumstances demand, trombone, we celebrate the genius of Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, inspired by their fiery mix of traditional Irish folk and blood and guts rock ‘n’ roll; ‘the brandy of the damned,’ as Tom Waits called them.” For their inaugural show on Saint Patrick’s night in 2012, San Francisco’s Make Out Room invited The Bogues to perform the definitive Pogues album Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash in its entirety. With an ever expanding repertoire, the band has since been invited to play at The Starry Plough in Berkeley, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, Amnesia Music Hall in San Francisco and lots of places in between including numerous private events. The Bogues include many of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, and have attracted guest luminaries (and Pogues fans) such as Joshua Raoul Brody (Everyone(!!!) including Robin Williams and Tom Waits),Ralph Carney (Tom Waits/Elvis Costello/Allen Ginsberg) , Kevin T. White (Chuck Prophet), and storyteller Bryan McCaul of Coote Hill, Ireland.
The Bogues are available for parties, wakes, and interventions.