Monster Open Air Ceilí
High St, Quay St and Cross St.
2pm to 4pm
on Sunday 29th Aug
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The reaction to the documentary below has recieved great acclaim and very positive feedback.
I am updating some dates and will be a little more active in the next few months.
Shaskeen are actively seeking open air festivals & concerts for 2016.
Shaskeen 40 Bliain Faoi Bhláth
The remarkable success of the Irish Traditional music band Shaskeen for over forty years is also the story of one man’s dream and determination.
Under Tom Cussen’s stewardship Shaskeen has kept its fan base and has successfully negotiated the many changes in the music scene over the years in the cabaret, pub and dance circuits.
Shaskeen 40 Bliain Faoi Bhláth is a one hour documentary for TG4 produced by ForeFront Productions which explores the origins, development and longevity of one of Irelands most popular traditional music bands which is now over forty years on the road.
The documentary gives a detailed history of the band, but it also contextualises the music among the immigrants in London of the 1970’s, where Shaskeen was formed, and in the thriving dance music scene in the west of Ireland where the band had its musical roots.
The documentary also gives an insight into life on the road of a working traditional music band over a forty year period where over 70 musicians and singers contributed to the bands success along the way.
Contributors to the documentary include current and former band members, musical experts and fans of the band.
Taobh thiar den scéal iontach a bhaineann leis an daichead bliain atá caite ar an mbóthar ag an banna traidisiúnta Shaskeen tá scéal eile a léirionn an fís a bhí ag fear amháin faoi Leith.
Faoi stiúir Tom Cussen, d’éirigh le Shaskeen dul i ngleic leis na h-athruithe suntasacha ar fad a tharla i saol an cheoil thar na blianta, sa cabaret, sna tithe tabhairne agus sna hallaí rince.
Sa chlár fáisnéise Shaskeen 40 Bliain Faoi Bhláth, atá léirithe ag Forefront Productions do TG4, déantar cur síos ar bhlianta tosaigh an bhanna agus mar a tháinig fás agus forbairt orthu sa daichead bliain atá said ar an bhfód, tréimhse ina raibh éileamh faoi leith i gcónaí ar ans tíl agus an cur i láthair a léirigh said.
Tugann an clár léargas cuimsitheach ar stair an bhanna ach, chomh maith leis sin, cuireann said na blianta tosaigh i gcomthéacs scéal na n-imearcach i Londain sna seachtóidí, áit ar bunaíodh Shaskeen, agus ar an borradh a tháining ar chúrsaí rince in iarthar na hÉireann ó shin i leith.
Déantar cur síos freisin ar shaol an cheoltóra ghairmiúla ar an mbóthar thar tréimhse daichead bliain, ina raibh baint ag suas le seachtó ceoltóir agus amhránaí éagsúla leis an banna.
Sa chlár, cloistear scéalta agus tuairimí ó bhaill agus iar-bhaill an ghrúpa chomh maith le saineolaithe ceoil agus lucht leanta an bhanna.
We are now working on extended dates & festivals for 2015/16.
The CD, Walking Up Town. will soon be available for track download on various websites like iTunes etc.
Check out the new video section in Gallery
We hope you enjoy the music and that you can experience some of the fun and mischief that prevailed while we were creating it.
We leave you with an expression of affirmation by our good friend and mentor PJ Curtis; the Grand Master of production; who has made a wonderful contribution to this recording... read more
PJ Curtis Nov 2008
"There is a great honesty to Shaskeen, in every way, their music, the way they perform and in the way they.. read more
Ita Kelly. Irish Music Magazine
New items will be added on a regular basis.
Updated 26th Aug 2015