Fundraising concert in memory of Marie Collins and in aid of Sudden Adult Death Ireland, headlined by the 3-in-a-row All-Ireland Champions, The Shandrum Céilí Band, support act by the winners of the Battle of the Bands competition (details coming soon) and followed by Sliabh Luachra music.
Date: August Bank Holiday Sunday (August 4th)
Location: Knocknagree Church, Sliabh Luachra, Co. Cork
“My mom, Marie, has been described as a pillar of the community and was adored by many. Originally from Knocknagree, she married my Dad, Danny, in 1992 and made the big move to Doon, Kishkeam. She loved music and bestowed upon me, more so than anyone else, my love and loyalty for Sliabh Luachra music. I also got my skill for organisation and social media from her, long before she set up her business DigiPulse Marketing. We will remember and celebrate her at this very special event – Ní hé líon na bport, ach feabhas an cheoil.” – Timmy Collins
The power, drive and lift of The Shandrum Céilí Band are a salute to the way the old band played whilst having a distinctive sound of their own. The band takes their name from the Shandrum parish in North County Cork and was in existence from the 1950s through to the 1970s, playing for dances and céilithe in all the major halls across North Cork. Participating for the first time in 2015, the band was crowned Senior Céilí Band champions at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo. This achievement made them one of the few bands in the history of the competition to have tasted victory in their debut year. Since then, the band has gone on to achieve further success in the All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition, winning it in 2016 in Ennis and again in 2017, making them one of only a handful of bands to have ever achieved the ‘three-in-a-row’!
The Shandrum have had many noteworthy appearances since being crowned All-Ireland champions. Live broadcasts on TG4’s Fleadh TV and further televised performances on RTÉ’s Fleadh Cheoil programme have brought the band’s music to a wider audience. Among their most fondly remembered performances are those on the main gig rigs at Fleadha Ceoil in Sligo and Ennis in front of thousands of spectators, having been crowned champions only minutes earlier. The band was also privileged to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin on St. Patrick’s Day 2016 and in Dublin Castle for the Official 1916 Rising State Commemoration. They launched their debut album, ‘The Dawn’, in May 2017 to huge acclaim and CDs have been sent all around Ireland and the world.