Shannagh are an Irish ceilidh band with an outstanding reputation. Since their formation in 1995, this North West of England outfit have entertained audiences ancient and modern, swiggers of poteen and porter, sportin’ blades and fair maids, ghosts and goblins, priests and poets, rakes and rovers, hurlers and harpists, Nolans and Dolans, O’Connells and O’Donnells, from Clare to Kildare, Longford to Wexford in hotels and theatres, churches and clubs, parlours and pubs.
Sure, they never fail to entertain.
The basic line-up which gives Shannagh their distinctive sound is fiddle, whistle and piano. For bigger events the trio is augmented with drums and a professional caller organises the dances at weddings and ceilidhs.
Shannagh play a mixture of traditional songs, and tunes for listening or for dancing, balanced to suit the occasion.
In 1996 they played the first of many engagements at Manchester’s Irish Festival which included a live radio broadcast for the BBC.
The majority of their work is for weddings and corporate functions – playing some of the North-West’s finest venues including the Trafford Centre, Wigan Pier, the Reebok Stadium and most of the best hotels in the region.
Corporate clients have included Granada TV, Arthur Andersen Accountants, Scottish and Newcastle Brewers and Lancashire County Cricket Club.