Hellfire Club Sessions The Mahones Primary Artist
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In an effort to rid themselves of incessant {|Pogues|} comparisons, the Mahones enlisted the production services of {|Tragically Hip|} drummer {|Johnny Fay|}. He drew from this band a more consistently muscular sound without sacrificing their penchant for Irish-influenced music. Chief songwriter and lead vocalist {|Finny McConnell|} broadened his scope of writing in songs like the {|Tom Waits|}-inflected Cocktail Blue, and the zany Shake Hands with the Devil, indicate.However, one cannot listen to Jimmy Claibourne without imagining a less-inebriated {|Shane MacGowan|} singing. While {|Draggin' the Days|} and {|Rise Again|} concentrated almost solely on Irish-themed music, {|The Hellfire Club Sessions|} experiments with acoustic rock, blues and subtle touches of country music. This album would mark the beginning of a stylistic shift for the Mahones which would manifest itself more clearly on 2001's {|Here Comes Lucky|}.


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