Three in a row for Shan­drum Céilí Band

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

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