Last night, a host of musicians — including luminaries such as Alison Moyet and Billy Bragg — gathered at London’s O2 Sheperd’s Bush Empire to honor the life and musical legacy of Kirsty MacColl on what would have been the beloved English singer-songwriter’s 51st birthday.

The sold-out “A Concert for Kirsty MacColl” was to have included a performance by Shane MacGowan, who famously duetted with the late singer on the Pogues’ holiday classic “Fairytale of New York.” But according to this write-up of last night’s show, he pulled out of the event due to “ill health.”

We’ve assembled a few clips of last night’s concert: Above, you’ll find Bragg singing his own song “A New England,”  which MacColl covered in 1984 and scored a Top 10 hit with. Below, we’ve got Moyet performing MacColl’s “Head” and “Walking Down Madison,” Bragg singing “Free World,” and Amy MacDonald doing “Fairytale of New York” — with the drummer filling in for the absent MacGowan.

Last night’s concert benefited MacColl’s charity Music Fund for Cuba, and marked the 10th anniversary of the singer’s controversial death in a Mexican boating accident.

See more video from last night’s Kirsty MacColl tribute after the jump…

 

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