Watch: The Wolfe Tones perform surprise London gig at Finsbury Park pub

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The musical trio announced their retirement last year and will play their final London gig in Finsbury Park this summer.

Irish folk group the Wolfe Tones surprised fans in north London with a secret gig to celebrate 60 years performing together.

The band performed a top-secret gig at The Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park on Sunday evening and among the audience were Irish actress and comedian Aisling Bea and post-punk band Fontaines DC.

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The iconic group played a selection of classics and fan favourites, such as Come Out Ye Black & Tans and Some Say the Divil is Dead, and debuted a brand-new song, a heartfelt tribute to their loyal fans as they commence their farewell tour.

The Wolfe Tones perform at the Faltering FullbackThe Wolfe Tones perform at the Faltering Fullback
The Wolfe Tones perform at the Faltering Fullback | Festival Republic

The musical trio announced their retirement last year with their final gigs taking place in Belfast and Dublin in October 2024.

The band will play their final UK show in Finsbury Park on July 5 and will be joined by The Undertones, The Sharon Shannon Big Band and The Scratch and Brògeal.

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Formed in Dublin in 1963, the band are best known for playing Irish rebel songs. The group take their name from Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

The group's current members are Tommy Byrne, Noel Nagle and Brian Warfield.

Speaking about the gig, Byrne told RTE news: "The Irish diaspora across the world have always been massive supporters of The Wolfe Tones, and no greater support was had than from the Irish in Britain.

"I wrote My Heart Is In Ireland as a tribute to the Irish in England, Scotland and Wales. The London Irish hold a very special place in our hearts, there are too many shows to mention but the great nights in The National in Kilburn will never be forgotten.

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"It is most fitting that The Wolfe Tones 60th Anniversary Concert will be our final London performance. It will also be our largest ever in the UK, with a headline set in Finsbury Park.

"We promise to make it a very special experience for what we hope will be a massive attendance as we say farewell to London - let the people sing!"

The Wolfe Tones will play their last London show at Finsbury Park on July 5. Tickets are available here.

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