Friday, April 21st:
8.00pm Official Opening in the Blue Haven Hotel followed by Opening Concert with ARÚNDA
Saturday, April 22nd:
10.00pm Concert in the Blue Haven Hotel with the Maguire Family Band
Sunday, April 23rd:
7.00pm Closing Concert in the Blue Haven Hotel with the Shandrum Céilí Band
The Maguires is a four-piece traditional Irish music band from Wicklow, Ireland. Their debut album, Little Giants and Other Oxymorons, was released in December 2016 and is the culmination of two and a half years' work. The album was recorded in Sonas Recording Studios in Killarney and features eleven tracks, six of which were written by the band themselves. Over the past few years, The Maguires have played at festivals and concerts in 17 counties in Ireland. In January 2017, the band played their first international gigs in Mulligans in Amsterdam. The band's repertoire includes traditional favourites and modern tunes with syncopated, infectious rhythms, all delivered with a blend of youthful energy and musical maturity. The band played live on The Ray D'Arcy Show in May 2016 to an estimated audience of half a million viewers. Their performances always feature a bodhrán solo from Seán, who is only 11 years old and has had an internet viral hit with a video of one of his solos, which has been viewed online an estimated half a million times across various sites. The band has a strong fan base in Ireland and internationally, with over 21k followers on Facebook. You can find out more about The Maguires on their website - http://maguireband.com/ - or on Facebook. Little Giants and Other Oxymorons is available on CD from our website (maguireband.com), or for download from iTunes, Google Play and CD Baby.
The Shandrum Céilí Band, from the Avondhu area of North Cork, takes its name from Newtownshandrum village. The band was in existence from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s playing for dances and céilithe in all the major halls across North Cork.
The current band, from the same area, are now providing music for dances and céilithe much like the old band had in their heyday. The present day Shandrum band have a line up of young musicians who have all achieved massive success on the Ceili band circuit! The power, drive and lift of the band are a salute to the way the old band played; whilst also having a distinctive sound of their own. The band won the All Ireland in August 2015 in Sligo making history as the third Cork band ever to win the competition following in the footsteps of the Allow in 2007 and the Awbeg in 2012! In August 2016, they retained the All-Ireland title for the second year in succession. The band have recently announced that they will be releasing their debut studio album in 2017.