Saturday 25 February 2017

Concert tribute for Kirsty MacColl

Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan pulled out of a tribute concert for Kirsty MacColl due to
Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan pulled out of a tribute concert for Kirsty MacColl due to "ill health"

The 10th anniversary of Kirsty MacColl's death was commemorated with a star-studded concert by her showbiz friends and collaborators.

Devoted fans packed out Shepherd's Bush Empire on what would have been the singer's 51st birthday to hear versions of her best-loved songs performed by artists including Billy Bragg, Alison Moyet, Kim Wilde, Andrea Corr, Ellie Goulding and actress Catherine Tate.

MacColl died in December 2000 when she was struck by a motor cruiser after surfacing from a scuba dive with her sons Jamie and Louis at the Mexican coral island of Cozumel, off the Yucatan peninsula.

Her mother Jean told the audience she would fight on to expose the "corruption and deceit" surrounding the subsequent inquiry into the death despite a long-running fundraising campaign being wound up last year.

Profits from the event will go to The Music Fund for Cuba, which was established in 2001 in memory of the singer, whose last album was inspired by the Caribbean island and aims to nurture young artistic talent by providing support and much-needed equipment.

Many of the fans arrived at the event directly from their annual pilgrimage to London's Soho Square, where a bench carries a plaque remembering MacColl, but they were disappointed by one no-show:

Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan had been due to sing perennial Christmas favourite A Fairytale of New York with Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald but pulled out due to "ill health".

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