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August 4, 2022 @ 8:30 pm
THURSDAY 4TH | 8.30PM | MULLINGAR ARTS CENTRE N91K7XK
SHASKEEN – HAPPY CUSTODIANS OF IRISH MUSIC FOR HALF A CENTURY – Between the jigs, the reels, the songs and the banter, you will not find a contemporary, traditional Irish traditional band to engage with and entertain an audience as brilliantly as SHASKEEN.
With seven core members, the band has made seventeen records, and toured extensively throughout Ireland, UK, all over Europe, and north America, with sold-out venues in parish halls, arts centres, churches and festivals.
The band originated fifty-two years ago in The Oxford Tavern, Kentish Town, London when Tom Cussen responded to a request from the proprietor. The rest as they say is history, history that is still being made by SHASKEEN, as they evolve from being a five, six, or seven-piece, recently announced the addition of two ladies to the line-up; stalwart concertina player Mary Liddy and the great songstress Katie Theasby. Both have effortlessly blended their unique musical talents and innovative styles with the tried and tested SHASKEEN brand.
There are hardly any bands playing traditional music and songs in Ireland today that has the heritage, cultural context, longevity and experience of SHASKEEN, a band of genuinely skilled musicians, no gimmickry, just instrument wizards, great variety in the tunes, straight-forward arrangements, beautiful songs, a fierce and collective drive, mighty energy.
SHASKEEN has been lauded and awarded down through the years, on radio, television and across broadsheet pages in various languages. Here is a link to a recent TG4’s documentary; Shaskeen 40 Bliain Faoi Bhláth – YouTube
If your venue is looking to promote the best in modern-day traditional Irish Music, look no further than here – www.shaskeen.net