The Pogues were an English punk band, consisting of British and Irish performers, that were active in the 1980s and early 1990s. They were originally called Pogue Mahone, an anglicised spelling of the Irish for Kiss My Arse, but they were forced to change their name to get radio play on the BBC. While the band went through a number of line-up changes, mostly during the later years after Shane MacGowan was sacked due to problems with alcohol, the main members were: Shane MacGowan on vocals, guitar, banjo and bodhrán; Spider Stacy on vocals and tin whistle; James Fearnley on accordion, mandolin, piano and guitar; Philip Chevron on guitar and vocals; Cait O'Riordan on bass and vocals until 1986 when she quit and Darryl Hunt took over on bass; and Terry Woods on mandolin, cittern, concertina, guitar and vocals.
Dirty Old Town was originally recorded by Ewen McColl in 1952 but the most famous version, before The Pogues, was by The Dubliners in 1968. Ewen McColl is the father of The Pogues regular backing singer, Kirsty McColl. The Pogues recorded their version in their 1985 album Rum, Sodomy And The Lash. The song is about Salford, in Lancashire, where Ewen was born and raised. This is the official video that was released to promote the song as a single.
You can buy Dirty Old Town on iTunes.