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The Mary Wallopers

From Trad to 'Irish Rock 'n' Roll'

by Giovanna - October 31, 2023

The Mary Wallopers, a contemporary Irish folk music group based in Dudalk, were fonded by brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna, who started traveling around Ireland to sing and collect traditional songs.

During the lockdown, they gained a substantial online following by regular live streaming from their home studio. Over the years, the band expanded to a seven-piece ensemble, establishing a strong reputation as a live act. The band's members include Andrew Hendy on banjo, Charles Hendy on guitar, Sean McKenna on guitar, Seamas Hyland on accordion, Finian O’Connor on pipes and whistles, Roisin Barrett on bass, and Ken Mooney on drums.

Following the success of their self-titled debut they recently released their second album, "Irish Rock ’n’ Roll," on their own BC label. The release of this album coincides with an extensive tour in the UK and Ireland from November to Christmas. "Irish Rock ’n’ Roll" captures the essence of their live performances, blending chaos, humor, and excitement with emotional traditional ballads passed down through generations, as well as their original songs set to become part of future generations' musical heritage. 

From Trad to 'Irish Rock 'n' Roll'
(l-r): Finnian O’Connor, Seamas Hyland, Charles Hendy, Róisín Barrett, Seán McKenna, Patrick Critchey and front – Andrew Hendy. Photo: Sorcha Frances Ryder.