The Claddagh Rogues
James, lead singer and songwriter, spent most of his early life in prison, under psychiatric care and homeless on the streets of Cork. Fellow Claddagh Rogues founder member Mags Kelly experienced addiction and homelessness. Talking about the album, James said music continues to keep him on the straight and narrow: ‘Some tracks will pay special tribute to Mags, other will have a fresh meaning after her passing. I had no idea things would go this far. I’m the last original member of the Rogues. I have a house, a son and I want to be there for him as a father. I feel proud of myself and my family are happy too. They have been on the journey with me too. I have been a messer all my life. Things are looking up.’
Now a father of one, James said that despite a troubled past, he always loved singing.
“People always like me to sing — they’ll ask me to get up and sing a song. When I was in prison, or in hospital, I’d sing. My songs come from living in the depths and struggling, and developing the knowledge to deal with things and learning to accept,” said James.
For the Record is available at: https://thecladdaghrogues.bandcamp.com
The Claddagh Rogues are supported by HSE South’s Arts and Health Programme, Cork City Arts Office, Cork Mental Health Services and MusicAlive.
49 North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork