The three-in-a-row All-Ireland champions, Shandrum Céilí Band (pictured above) takes its name from Shandrum in North County Cork. The original band was in existence from the 1950s through to the
The three-in-a-row All-Ireland champions, Shandrum Céilí Band (pictured above) takes its name from Shandrum in North County Cork. The original band was in existence from the 1950s through to the 1970s, playing for dances and céilithe in all the major halls across North Cork. The current band, led by Alan Finn (who also led the chamoin Awbeg Céilí Band), is in high demand across the country and abroad to provide music for dances, concerts and céilithe – much like the old band had in their heyday. Formed in December 2014, the present day band has a ten-strong line-up of young musicians from North Cork along with two Claremen who have all achieved success on the céilí band circuit, winning medals in all the age groups right through to senior level. The power, drive and lift of the band are a salute to the way the old band played while having a distinctive sound of their own.
Traditional music has been passed down through the Mannion Family from Colligan in Co. Waterford for generations. Dad Martin Mannion on button accordion inspired all of his family to love and play music as his father had before him. He is joined by daughters, Clara on concertina and Laura on fiddle, and son, Joseph on accordion, melodeon, bodhrán and guitar. All the family enjoy playing music together at various festivals and fleadhanna with a number of competutuve successes to their credit. They have played as a family on television and radio.
The Mannion Family will play from 10.30pm to 11.30pm with the Shandrum playing from 11.30pm to 12.30am.
(Saturday) 10:30 pm
Mullingar Arts Centre
Mount St, Commons, Mullingar