Pogues star could win classical music award

Hellraising Irish singer Shane MacGowan is in the running to land a Classic Brit Award.

Hellraising Irish singer Shane MacGowan is in the running to land a Classic Brit Award.

The former Pogues frontman features on a hit album by The Priests, performing a version of 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth'.

The group are up for best album with their third release 'Noel', alongside Aled Jones and a group of singing nuns.

Jones – shortlisted for his Christmas Gift release – also lines up against a teenager whom he manages, 13-year-old Isabel Suckling, nominated for her album 'The Choirgirl Isabel'.

MacGowan is noted for his colossal drink intake over many years, but made an unlikely pairing with The Priests – all ordained Catholic priests – last year.

Members of the public will choose one of 10 nominees to win the best album title, the most populist of the categories at next month’s awards.

The event will be broadcast by ITV1 next month.

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