Sheila shines with new sin­gle

The Corkman - - NEWS - Mike Shee­han and Sheila Fitzger­ald of the Heart to Heart Band from Bal­ly­desmond. BILL BROWNE

ONE thing that could def­i­nitely be said about Sheila Fitzger­ald’s whirl­wind pace of life is that it could never be de­scribed as bor­ing.

Well known across North Cork as a pho­tog­ra­pher with The Cork­man, Sheila is also no stranger to mu­sic fans hav­ing trav­elled the high­ways and by­ways of Ireland for many years as a mem­ber of the Heart to Heart Band with her part­ner Mike Shee­han.

The cou­ple are also hugely pop­u­lar right across the UK where they have toured reg­u­larly over the past two decades.

From the North­ern Nashville Club in Thurso on Scot­land’s North coast, to Glas­gow’s Grand Ole Opry, tak­ing in the cities of In­ver­ness, Ed­in­burgh, Dundee, and Aberdeen, the duo have built up a strong fan base through­out Scot­land.

They are equally well known in Eng­land from Liverpool to London with a par­tic­u­lar af­fil­i­a­tion to the Ir­ish Clubs in Birm­ing­ham where they fre­quently head­lined the St. Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tions, of­ten play­ing crowds in ex­cess of 2,000.

Sheila and Mike have also en­ter­tained au­di­ences in New York and Paris, as well as Le­sotho, Swazi­land, and Johannesburg in South­ern Africa.

With nu­mer­ous al­bums to their credit over the years, the duo are fa­mil­iar voices on ra­dio sta­tions, play­ing Ir­ish and coun­try mu­sic across the world.

Over the past few years they have been sel­dom out of the lime­light with a suc­ces­sion of suc­cess­ful sin­gles gain­ing them fur­ther recog­ni­tion.

Dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion year of 2016, ‘ Tureen­garbh Glen’ and ‘O’Connell & Clancy’ proved mas­sively pop­u­lar for the cou­ple.

Sheila and Mike gave a nod to last year’s fes­tive sea­son with a lively duet ‘ Two Step round the Christ­mas Tree’, while Sheila’s re­cent ren­di­tion of the old Gospel favourite ‘In the Gar­den’ again proved hugely pop­u­lar with ra­dio au­di­ences and those at­tend­ing live shows.

While ‘In the Gar­den’ is cur­rently one of the most re­quested num­bers on lo­cal ra­dio, Sheila has a brand new sin­gle ready to go.

“I was de­lighted to be asked to record this song on the 100th an­niver­sary of the death of Kerry Pa­triot Thomas Ashe”, she ex­plained.

“Through­out his life Thomas Ashe was a pro­lific poet and song­writer and wrote the lyrics for ‘Let Me Carry Your Cross For Ireland Lord’ in 1916 while in­car­cer­ated at Lewes Jail in Eng­land. He died just a year later on Septem­ber 25, 1917.”

The North Cork con­nec­tion with Thomas Ashe is strong - Kiskeam Brass Band named him as their Pa­tron in 1917, and there­after proudly marched un­der a large ban­ner dis­play­ing a por­trait of the de­ceased pa­triot.

In ad­di­tion, dur­ing the Civil War Thomas’ brother Gre­gory was a great friend of the late Jim O’Rior­dan of Kiskeam, him­self a mem­ber of Sean Moy­lan’s Fly­ing Col­umn.

Lo­cal fans can catch up with Sheila at the Celtic Ross Ho­tel, Ross­car­bery on Fri­day where she will share the stage with Trudi Lalor, the Michael Collins Band, and Joe Cooke at a fundraiser for the Ir­ish Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

Sheila and Mike will also play at the Kan­turk and Millstreet Hospi­tal’s fundraiser which will be held at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kan­turk on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13.

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