This Was the Official Website for Pugwash from 2015 - 2016
But No More!
This was the official website for Pugwash, an Irish pop band fronted by Drimnagh-born musician Thomas Walsh.
In 2017 Walsh disbanded the group line-up and returned to being a solo artist under the Pugwash moniker.
The content is from the site's 2015 - 2016 archived pages.
Pugwash Hung Myself Out To Dry
"Pugwash, at their best, are almost Beatle-like in their greatness. They are THAT good."− Andy Partridge (XTC)
A Choice Music Prize, Meteor and Ivor Novello nominated songwriter having been the
driving force behind his cult powerpop outfit PUGWASH for ten years and recently being one half of the cricket loving pop duo
‘THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD’ with musical partner Neil Hannon. Thomas was born in his parents house in Drimnagh in 1969.
“Lazy bugger even then I was, not wanting to go to the hospital to be born”.
As men landed on the moon and the sixties were officially coming to a grand musical close at Woodstock, Thomas set about listening to
all the classic pop music that was streaming forth literally every week from his parents TV, radio and stereo. “My brothers started to
bring Al Stewart, Mike Oldfield, Queen and E.L.O records into the house along with Roy Wood, Slade and Gilbert O’Sullivan ones that my
Mam and Dad already had there…..you can see why I’m steeped in a love of great pop!”.Thomas, in his guise as PUGWASH has released
7 albums in ten years and been given numerous accolades..one of which is still a ‘goosepimple’ moment for him. “Back in 2006 Brian Wilson’s
manager David Leaf obtained my e-mail through an acquaintance and sent me a mail saying that Brian loved my track ‘It’s Nice to Be Nice’
and as he was coming to Dublin to play in Vicar Street he’d love to meet me. MEET ME!!?? He came, I met Brian, he said ‘Hey! You’re
the nice to be nice guy’, I said ‘Yes’ and he said ‘Great song’…..I still think it was all a fantastic dream to be honest”.
Born at home in Coolock on the Northside of Dublin on December 13th 1972. Seen Marc Bolan and T.Rex perform “Get It On” on TV and was immediately addicted to music and wanted to be in a band. Started playing guitar at age 10 but by 12 had accidentally stumbled to the drums and things got interesting then!
Learned to play along to records on the old Reynolds Record Player at full volume by The Beatles, The Specials, Elvis Costello and the Attractions and old Stax, Ska and Reggae 45’s while the vibrations going through the floor made the records jump and skip as well as the neighbor’s heads!
Same year seen him start his first band and enlisting his mate Tosh Flood on guitar in a musical friendship that lasts till this day. They played in bands together for years till Tosh asked Joey to join “Dodo” which after some dodgy name changes settled on a even dodgier one..”Saville”, who released 3 albums in 8 years and toured Ireland and some European countries. Saville disbanded in 2009 and after some time away from playing was asked by Thomas Walsh to play some shows with Pugwash and the rest, as you know, is Geography..Whheeuurrgghh!
Born at home in Coolock on Dublin’s Northside on the 17th March 1970.
From a family of 9 – 5 sisters and 3 brothers.
There was always music playing in our house, my Da loved country music (Hank Williams being a favourite) and Rock’n’Roll and my Ma loved Elvis and Opera. Both parents used to dance around the sitting room to Dusty Springfield records while all the kids sat on the floor watching them (we hadn’t got enough chairs for everyone). They were both great dancers too!
My earliest musical memory is T-Rex on TV and my aunties playing their records out in the house.
Another early childhood memory is sitting around the radiogram listening to the UK Top 30 run downs on a Sunday. Sometime in 1976, my Da got a HiFi Stereogram. Lots of lights but not as romantic as the radiogram.The first time I remember hearing The Jam was in 1979 with “The Eton Rifles” during one of those tune in’s.
My oldest sister, Linda used to buy the pop records of the day… Blondie, The Specials, The Jam, The Pretenders, Madness. So all of those were my first musical loves.
The first single I bought with my own money was “Start!” by The Jam and the first album was “Sound Affects” also by The Jam.
Through them I got my love of the Small Faces.
Joined Joey’s band when I was 16 and we learned how to play over a number of years until we gave up to join the circus.
I got asked to make an album with Ken O’Duffy and his brother Vinny which eventually under the name “Dodo”, we talked Joey into joining and that became “Saville”.
We released an EP some singles and albums to some acclaim until disbanding in 2009.
Met Thomas and Shaun and the members of Pugwash (Mark 2) in 2000, while on the same bill in Waterford and became instant friends!
Played guitar for a short time live with Pugwash in 2004. Got asked to play on the album “Jollity” then got asked to play guitar live on the “Eleven Modern Antiquities” tour in 2008.
Joined up full time in 2009.
Played on both Duckworth Lewis Method albums and toured with them.
Co-Produced “The Olympus Sound” and the forthcoming “Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)” with Thomas.
Through all of my life, I’ve only ever played music with friends.
For me, music is tied up with friendship and family.
So to that end, we like to think of Pugwash fans as family.
Until we get too big.
Then we won’t want to know any of you. Wherrrugh.
Peas and bloody love.
Shaun “Mac” McGee
Playing bass guitar, since I was about 14 years old. Ambition, after wanting to be a Beatle, was to be in a group with my friends; a group that focussed on original material in a classic pop vein. I’d all but given up the dream of being in such a group because, believe it or not, I couldn’t find anybody who liked the same things that I did in Liverpool (at that time Liverpool musicians for the most part, at least the ones that graced my circle, were into groups like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix – not that there is anything wrong with those entertainers; they just weren’t the Byrds, Kinks, Who, Beatles, Jam or Small Faces).
Anyways, I soldiered on making my own demo’s to play to my mates every once in a while. Not because I still believed the dream was possible, more because of an inner need to get the songs out of my head.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, back around 1998, a very good friend of mine, Paul Capper, asked if I would stand in on bass, for a group called the Mighty Wah! featuring local legend, Pete Wylie. I was to keep the bass seat warm, after Andy Rourke from the Smiths had decamped, until none other than, former Sex Pistol, Glen Matlock arrived for duty.
Those rehearsals as super sub, we’re a turning point for me and reignited the thought that I would like to be in an original group, with people that I didn’t want to kill.
Fast forward from that to December 1999. My dear friend Duncan Maitland, who had recently left Irish band, Picturehouse, asked me if I’d like to be in on his record over in Dublin.
Needless to say, I jumped at the chance.
As fate would have it, while I was over visiting Duncan, he asked me if I’d be prepared to stand in for an in store performance with Pugwash.
And that is how I first came into contact with Thomas Walsh.
The rest, as they say, is history….
Isn’t life wonderful?
To be continued…..
The Electric Light Orchestra – The Small Faces – The Idle Race – The Beatles – The Grays – Colin Hare – Finn Brothers
– High Llamas – Bee Gees – The Kinks – The Move – Roy Wood – Jeff Lynne – Beach Boys – The Zombies – Jellyfish – Michael Penn
– John Cunningham – Honeybus – Crowded House – Judee Sill – Nick Drake – Jason Falkner – The Lemon Pipers – The Left Banke
– Cream – Queen – Jethro Tull – Wizzard – AIR – KD Lang – New Musik – The Buggles – Squeeze – Elvis Costello – LIR – Saville
– Madness – The Byrds -Graham Fellows – John Shuttleworth – Stealers Wheel – Nelson Bragg – The Wondermints – XTC
Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)
Release date: September 4, 2015
Ireland’s most intimate secret is a secret no more!
With 2014’s A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds compilation, Ireland’s Pugwash had their first-ever worldwide release. Pop fans around the world rejoiced as earlier albums were only available as expensive imports. Its success brought about two tours of the U.S., as well as a recently completed U.K. leg, helping Pugwash expand their already rabid and devoted fanbase. The timing could not be more perfect for the follow-up to their 2011 Choice Music Prize nominated The Olympus Sound.
Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) is the highly anticipated, new studio release from Pugwash, their first in 4 years. Recorded at Konk Studios (founded by The Kinks), and engineered and mixed by Guy Massey (The Beatles reissues mastering engineer), Play This Intimately contains 12 new tracks that demonstrate the songwriting genius, range in styles and brilliant musicianship their fans have come to know and love from Thomas Walsh (vocals, guitar), Tosh Flood (guitar), Shaun McGee (bass) and Joe Fitzgerald (drums). While their previous albums have featured guest appearance from friends like Ben Folds, Dave Gregory (XTC), Jason Falkner (Jellyfish), and more—this release boasts an impressive pedigree of contributors including Ray Davies (The Kinks), Andy Partridge (XTC), Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy and Walsh’s partner in The Duckworth Lewis Method), and even a “shout” from Jeff Lynne of ELO.
Packaged in a digipak with lyrics and photos, Play This Intimately will also be available on vinyl (translucent red for the first, limited-edition pressing) with a download card.
Pugwash will return to the U.S. in late August to begin a tour that will find them charting new territory, visiting cities and fans they’ve not been able to meet yet. Those already hip to and devoted to Pugwash will adore Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends). Newcomers just catching the buzz, will join the resounding chorus and want to share Pugwash’s music and live experience with friends. And while Pugwash might be ‘playing intimately’ to friends new and old, this new album is aimed squarely at playing loudly and to everyone all over the world!
CD/Digital Track List:
1. KICKING AND SCREAMING
2. LUCKY IN EVERY WAY
3. FEED HIS HEART WITH COAL
4. JUST SO YOU KNOW
6. THE FOOL I HAD BECOME
7. YOU COULD ALWAYS CRY
8. HUNG MYSELF OUT TO DRY
9. SILLY LOVE
10. OH HAPPY DAYS
11. ALL THE WAY FROM LOVE
12. WE ARE EVERYWHERE
- Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) (2015)
- A Rose In a Garden Of Weeds (2014)
- Here We Go ‘Round Again EP (2011)
- The Olympus Sound (2011)
- Giddy (2009)
- Eleven Modern Antiquities (2008)
- Jollity (2005)
- Earworm (2003)
- Almanac (2002)
- Almond Tea (1999)