21st August 2015
the four piece Celtic Country band from Melbourne, Australia, was
formed in 1992 by Corkman Kieran O’Connell. Their
debut original album, Weeds and Wildflowers, was released in 2013, earning
the band an award at the 2014 Australian Celtic Music Awards.
the years, Shanakee has been home to some of Australia’s finest musicians
and the current lineup of Kieran on vocals, guitar and bodhran, Greg Hunt on
fiddle and mandolin, Mark McNeilly on bass, five string banjo, whistle,
guitar and vocals and Dave Walker on vocals, guitar and mandolin.
bring a vast and varied range of musical experiences to the table and have
impressive touring and recording resumes. Monthly
residencies at The Celtic Club in Melbourne and the Bay Hotel in Mornington,
along with regular special concerts and festival appearances have cemented
Shanakee’s place as one of Australia’s premiere Celtic acts.
formula is a simple one – have a good time, enjoy each other’s company
and play great music.
appeal of Shanakee stretches across generations and cultures and brings
together people from all walks of life, people who are connected by a mutual
love of the Celtic heartbeat at the core of Shanakee’s music and are drawn
to the spirit of the band.
something greater than the sum of its parts when they take to the stage, an
energy that has been beautifully captured on Weeds and Wildflowers.
a front man, Kieran is a born storyteller and entertainer. His
songs are tales of experiences, emotions and events, written in his
inimitable style, frank, forthright and utterly engaging. It’s
little wonder he chose the name Shanakee for his band. In Gaelic, Shanakee
is written Seanchaí and is the name given to a storyteller or a bearer of
old lore; someone who keeps the stories and legends alive.
an apt description for this Irish expat, a man who has wholeheartedly
embraced his adopted land through his life, his story and his song, while
still honouring the Celtic spirit that burns deep within.
are: Kieran O’Connell, vocals, guitar, bodhran | Greg Hunt: Fiddle,
mandolin | Mark McNeilly: bass, vocals, whistle, five string banjo, guitar |
Dave Walker: guitar, vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass.
our AGM as well.
The Weathered Heads
are a foot-stomping country bluegrass band from Gembrook
in Victoria. Formed in 2008 this four piece band plays mainly old-timey
Americana music with an Australian streak and a tradesman touch! Comprising
a mix of guitars, mandolin, banjo, dobro and electric bass, the Weathered
Heads keep up a lively sound with rich vocal harmonies, raging banjo,
meaningless banter, and hip-swaying rhythms. This is a band that will keep
you smiling throughout their set.
Trev, Dirk, Don and Ian perform bluegrass and
Based in Melbourne, Australia - acoustic duo -
Slim Dime are Jen Land & Chris Taylor: vocals, guitar, banjo & tenor
Jen Land & Chris Taylor have been playing
together for the last 10 years making country tinged music in as bands such
as The Original Smith Family and The Bitter Sweets. They
presently play in Slim Dime and the Prairie Kings - a Western Swing
Boogie Woogie 6 Piece band and Slim Dime - an acoustic duo. Recorded
at Incubator Studios by candlelight 'Hold Fast" is a mesmerizing country
folk journey, with solid song writing and beautiful renditions of
traditional songs. They have performed at Festivals such as Fleurieu Folk
Festival, Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture and The Great Alpine Pick.
Yes it's a Bluegrassy night