| Shannon Vale Ceili Band |
Shannon’s Lovely Vale
The album will be officially launched on Saturday June 7th at 8pm in The Listowel Arms Hotel, Listowel, Co. Kerry.
The music of North Kerry – a geographical area characterised by a
regional repertoire and style of instrumental traditional music, is
captured in the understated vitality and sweet rhythmic music of The
Shannon Vale Céilí Band. This ensemble immortalizes a style of
music from a bygone era and reflects flavours of the Tulla, Kilfenora,
Aughrim Slopes and Ballinakill, yet the enduring vigour and elegance
of North Kerry music is their solid foundation.
The original band was formed in Ballyduff in 1960 by Dr. Mick Sweeney. Following the revival of
the Shannon Vale by leader Danny O’Mahony in 2009, they have since achieved huge success including winning the coveted title of All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Cavan in 2011.
The band comprises an impressive line-up of musicians featuring Sheila Garry and Colm Kissane on fiddles, Marianne Browne on flute, Joe O’ Sullivan on flute and vocals. Mike Collins features on banjo, John Collins provides percussion on drums and Patsy Broderick, formerly of Arcady, features on piano. Critically acclaimed accordionist Danny O’Mahony is the driving force behind the band. The combined result is a powerful and dynamic overall sound, enriched by the spectrum of individual styles and a shared appreciation
of the music and song of North Kerry.
At the invitation of the offices of President Michael D. Higgins, The Shannon Vale Céilí Band performed for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin on March 17th 2014. Other appearances have included the 2012
Mid-West Regional Fleadh Cheoil in Chicago, and the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in New York 2013. Recitals also for The Clifden Arts Festival, Féile Chomórtha Joe Éinniú, Co. Galway; Féile
Neidín, Kenmare; Patrick O’Keeffe Festival, Castleisland and The Rose of Tralee 2013.
The band have made numerous appearances at Fleadhanna nationally including Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan Dungarvan 2012 and performances also for local set dancing groups – West Limerick Set Dancers and North Kerry Dancers.
launched on June 7th, 2014 in Listowel, Co. Kerry. Maurice
Lennon, the distinguished fiddle player, composer and
member of Stockton’s Wing, features as a guest artist on this recording. ‘Shannon’s Lovely Vale’, the title of the album is taken from a newly composed tune by Lennon, in honour of The Shannon Vale Céilí Band.
For listeners and dancers alike, The Shannon Vale Céilí Band is a musical experience not to be missed.
For further information on the band visit
http://shannonvaleceiliband.com or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow the band on Facebook
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