Shannagh (with caller)

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If you’re looking to organise an evening of all-inclusive entertainment centring around an outstanding group of traditional Irish musicians playing irresistibly toe-tapping tunes for a frenetic session of high-tempo dancing, The Shannagh Ceilidh Band has got to be the perfect choice for you.

“Shannagh’s Celtic dance-tunes are unfailingly delivered with excellent musicianship, boundless energy and a high level of performance skill…”

All the best-known Irish tunes are in the repertoire, all presented with ‘a bit of the Blarney’. With a specialist dance-caller an integral part of The Shannagh Ceilidh Band package, the organised dances are sure to enliven any party creating a tremendous night of entertainment to remember!

An All-Ireland Whistle Champion teams up with a BBC Young Tradition Finalist on fiddle to showcase their prodigious skills in the finer points of interpreting the fabulous and unique Celtic repertoire of reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes and polkas, while the harmonic and rhythmic framework is solidly underpinned by keyboards. Operating as a trio for intimate occasions, this flexible outfit can augment up to a six-piece for larger events.

The Shannagh Ceilidh Band has been invited to perform at the Manchester Irish Festival on a number of occasions, and over recent years the musicians have undertaken several highly successful tours of Ireland. The guys continue to broadcast extensively on radio, and between them can boast a wealth of experience performing at numerous corporate events, wedding celebrations, birthday parties and other social occasions.

In order to amplify and balance their music, Shannagh travel fully-equipped with a top-quality PA system, producing superb sound in any venue.

Delivering their high-octane selection of lively traditional Celtic jigs and reels, The Shannagh Ceilidh Band presents an Irish Night to remember!

  • Irresistible mix of traditional Irish ceilidh tunes and Celtic music
  • Flexible line-up includes a specialist ceilidh-caller to assist with dances
  • Fully-equipped with a top-of-the-range PA system



Ceilidh Repertoire

When playing for organised dancing at a ceilidh, Shannagh draw on the infinite stream of irresistible traditional tunes from the Gaelic repertoire.

Traditional Irish Songs

  • Black Velvet Band
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dirty Old Town
  • Fairytale Of New York
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Follow Me Up To Carlow
  • Green Fields Of France
  • Kilgarry Mountain
  • Muirshin Durkin
  • O Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
  • Ride On
  • Seven Drunken Nights
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Step It Up Mary
  • The Belle Of Belfast City
  • The Dawning Of The Day
  • The Irish Rover
  • Town I Loved So Well
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Wild Rover
  •                                                             ….and plenty more….


  1. Fran Heskith

    A big thanks to you and the band for last night, everyone really enjoyed it and you’re a great bunch of characters which made it even better. Perhaps by the time I’m 60, some of the guests might have learnt some steps! – seriously though it was good to see people picking things up so quickly. I loved your Dirty Old Town.

  2. Emma Joyce – Warrington Irish Festival

    I had especially rave reviews about the performance by Shannagh Irish Band in March 2014, so the band returned in March 2015 by popular request to perform more Irish songs and tunes AND provided music for an excellent well-attended community ceili that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

  3. Christine & Blake’s Anniversary

    Just a quick note to say thank you for your outstanding performance last month. You managed to get even the grumpiest of people up and dancing, and we had so many compliments on how fun you made the evening. Thanks again!

  4. Mrs Hardwick’s Party

    Shannagh provided us with the perfect music for our evening. We wanted something that everyone could join in with, a lovely band.

  5. Dave & Carol’s Family Celebration

    Shannagh were fantastic from start until finish, kept everyone on their feet and the caller was patient for even the most amateur of us.