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Johnny Mac and the Faithful are a band of lifelong friends who can kickstart any party with their jamboree of celtic-folk and Rock ‘n’ Roll.   Performing with their hearts on their sleeves, their barn-bursting set, influenced by their love of The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, Woodie Guthrie and The Waterboys  managed to attract the attention of none other than Sir Rod Stewart......which led to them being asked to open for Rod to warm up the crowd on his largest ever UK outdoor stadium tour earlier this summer playing to over 300,000 fans.

Johnny Mac and The Faithful

Johnny Mac and the Faithful are a band of lifelong friends who can kickstart any party with their jamboree of celtic-folk and Rock ‘n’ Roll.   Performing with their hearts on their sleeves, their barn-bursting set, influenced by their love of The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, Woodie Guthrie and The Waterboys  managed to attract the attention of none other than Sir Rod Stewart......which led to them being asked to open for Rod to warm up the crowd on his largest ever UK outdoor stadium tour earlier this summer playing to over 300,000 fans.

Made up of John Mclaughlin (lead vocalist), Gordy Goudie (lead guitar), Stevie Morrison (drums), Tam McKinley (bass), Joe Gallacher (guitar), Terry Dourish (keys and accordion) and Lisa Petticrew (fiddle), the band are a tombola of musicians with Scottish and Irish roots...who have each travelled many a different musical route to meet at the end of the same well-trodden road.  Like a raggle-taggle hoard of troubadours they roll from gig to gig, playing their own brand of uplifting, joyful 3-chord wonders, covering Irish folk classics as well as a string of original songs from their latest ‘Took a Train’ EP

Frontman of the band Johnny Mac is better known in the music industry as John McLaughlin, the award-winning songwriter and producer who has penned hits for artists such as Westlife, Busted, Echo & The Bunnymen, Shane MacGowan, Sandi Thom and more recently Rod Stewart.

John says “Individually we have been blessed to have played and worked with some of greatest and infamous stars of our time from the Pogues iconic frontman Shane MacGowan, to the enigmatic Echo and the Bunnymen, Glasgow’s own sons the Simple Minds and Ireland’s finest stompers The Dubliners.

The band had previously opened for Rod at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in 2017 at a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Celtic Football Club’s 1967 European Cup victory.  Rod watched their performance at the Hydro show and realised they were the same band he’d heard blaring through the tannoy at Celtic on match days.   John added: “We couldn’t believe it... Rod Stewart the world-famous rock legend was digging our wee Celtic rock band... that was mind blowing!  …later that year Rod heard a backing track playing on Celtic TV and tracked down the writers only to discover it was once again John and Dave from the band; The song became Julia which appears on his last number one album Blood Red Roses.

John says, “As a songwriter I couldn’t have been prouder to have my name alongside Rod’s on his record, it truly was a dream come true. To get to work with your Rock’n'Roll hero...Wow, that really doesn’t happen so much, and then to discover what an absolute diamond of a guy he was that was a lovely bonus.

From there grew a true bond of friendship between the two Celtic-Soul brothers who are from very different ends of the music business and life itself. But they have two very common themes that have bonded them together.... their unashamed love of Celtic FC and the all-encompassing love of Rock’n’Roll.  It was this striking friendship that would see Rod invite John and his band to open up for him on his summer stadium tour where the reaction from Rod’s fans was so overwhelming that Rod himself invited them back for his winter arena tour.

Speaking about bringing Johnny Mac and the Faithful on tour again, Rod said: “Johnny and the guys went down a storm on the summer dates of the tour…The best opening act I’ve ever had!  They were a massive hit with the fans, so I’m delighted they want to come on the road with us for the winter dates.”

John says. “we are just loving being up on stage. To be on tour with Rod and play our music to hundreds of thousands of his fans makes us feel very proud, blessed and thankful.”

The band are currently in the studio recording a new album of original Celtic-rock and Americana songs to co-incide with the winter tour. Frontman John say’s “I’ve been lucky enough to write some hit songs for other artists so I'm just hoping I can pull a few out the bag for our own album...No pressure!” .. I have been gobsmacked by the reaction to our own songs on the Rod tour, watching thousands of people singing and dancing to our tunes is pretty overwhelming to say thev least! It makes me very proud and massively relieved that we must be doing something right!!

Johnny Mac and The Faithful will already be well known to many Celtic FC fans as their music is often heard playing at the club’s home-ground Parkhead, and the band have performed at many of Celtic's charity events over the years and John even wrote a charity single for the club back in 2002, ‘Best Day of Our Lives’ which he performed with the 1967 team players ’the legendary Lisbon Lions’ and then Celtic FC manager, Martin O’Neill, who's passionate monologue is included on the record. The single, which saw a host of celebrity Celtic fans feature in the video...including Billy Connolly and Rod Stewart, reached no.17 in the UK charts and was featured on Top of The Pops!

Genres

Celtic Folk Rock