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Brixton Academy, London

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He may already have had a visage so battered that it made Keith Richards look like Miss Pears, but Shane MacGowan was nursing serious facial injuries yesterday after being the victim of an alleged attack in a pub lavatory.

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Though David Byrne has marvelled over her voice and Morrissey has drooled over her songs, the big time still seems to elude Kirsty MacColl. Perhaps the new album inspired by her travels in South America will do the trick?

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Plunkett and Macleane (15)

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Forget cheesy comedy nights and Irish theme bars this Paddy's Day. If you really want to sample a drop of the hard stuff, head for the Bloomsbury Theatre, where the craic comes courtesy of veteran Irish folkster, Ronnie Drew (right). Part of legendary Irish group, The Dubliners, Drew has taken his distinctive gravel voice - described variously as "being able to cut cheese" and "the sound of coke being crushed under a door" - all over the globe and collaborated with the likes of Shane MacGowan, Bono and even Jah Wobble. Meanwhile, Ronnie remains humble to the last. "I'm not sure whether it's a blessing or a curse," says he of his dulcet tones, "but I've been getting away with it for a very long time now and hopefully I'll continue to do so!"

The Shane of it all

Shane MacGowan's influence on Irish music cannot be overestimated according to a documentary on BBC2 tonight. Not bad, says James Rampton, for the singer, right, once described as 'sordid, rowdy and vulgar'
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