Three in a row for Shandrum Céilí Band
Winning an all-Ireland medal for anything is a huge achievement — but winning three in a row is rare indeed.
But this is what The Shandrum Céilí Band from North Cork has just done.
It’s an accomplishment that has been achieved only a handful of times in the history of the Fleadh Cheoil na nÉireann. The competition is the most prestigious event at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉi-reann every year.
The Festival Dome in Ennis had been packed to capacity for the most intensely fought competition of them all. Bands qualify from their counties first and then from their provinces to be given the honour of playing on the stage at the ultimate trad competition. In all, thirteen bands took part.
A céilí band is constructed to play for dancers at céilithe and the music is required to be lively dance music. Bands are typically a ten-piece with fiddles, flutes, banjo, concertina, accordion, drums, and keyboard.
The Shandrum Céilí Band first took All-Ireland glory in 2015 in Sligo, winning the competition in their first year entering. They brought home the trophy again last year in Ennis, becoming the only band from Cork to win it twice.
This year they were back again in Ennis vying for three-in-a-row in a hotly contested competition, following which the ultimate accolade became theirs.
Earlier this year, the band released its debut CD entitled The Dawn, which has already been sent far and wide.