Eleanor Shanley and Mike Hanrahan
Sunday 29 Sept | 3.00 p.m.
Price: €11 incl €1 service charge
Venue: Pod Páirc, Top of the Rock
Join us for an intimate concert with Eleanor Shanley and Mike Hanrahan.
Eleanor Shanley is one of the most loved and respected vocalists in Ireland. Nearly 30 years since starting her musical career as a vocalist with De Danann, and her voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone in 1990. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs Eleanor has recorded many solo albums including Desert Heart, A Place of My Own and 2015’s, Forever Young from which her single, the Thom Moore classic Gorgeous and Bright, was the most played track on RTE 1 Radio that year.
Eleanor has worked with many great musicians through the years and has also recorded with The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny and U2 and too many more both at home and internationally to mention here. Her time working with Ronnie Drew was a very special time in her life, and this a friendship she treasured. They recorded two albums together, A Couple More Years, and El Amor De Mi Vida, which was recorded shortly before Ronnie died, Eleanor and Ronnie performed live together on many occasions, also.
Other highlights in recent years include performing at RTE Radio’s 1916 Commemoration Concert in Dublin, performing at Here’s To You, Ronnie Drew – A Celebration, in honour honour of her dear, dear friend. A recipient of the prestigious The Danish Folk Music Award in 2015, Eleanor is only the second Irish artist to receive this honour since its inception 20 years ago.
Mike Hanrahan began his professional career with Maura O Connell in a duo called TUMBLEWEED and in 1980 Joined Stocktons Wing as guitarist, singer and songwriter and recorded the album Take a Chance. HE wrote the songs on Stockton's Wing’s ground breaking and critically acclaimed Album LIGHT IN THE WESTERN SKY (1984) including the hit songs BEAUTIFUL AFFAIR and WALK AWAY and toured extensively with the band for 15 years.
1989 Sammy Davis Junior invited the band to perform at his Lansdowne Road shows in Dublin. They also played support to Michael Jackson and Prince at their Cork gigs. In 1990 Stockton's Wing went on location to take part in the Noel Pearson/Jim Sheridan film production of the John B. Keane play "THE FIELD" which featured Oscar nominee Richard Harris and John Hurt.
Mike Left Stocktons Wing in 1994 to tour with Finbar Furey and pursue a solo career in Europe recording his first album for German label Wundertutte Someone like You. His second album what you know was released in 2002.
Mike spent ten years with long time friend Ronnie Drew in 1997 as performer, producer and co-writer of the critically acclaimed "Ronnie I Hardly Knew Ya". He was music Director for The Legends of Irish Music featuring Ronnie, Liam Clancy, Finbar Furey, Johnny McAvoy, Jim McCann and Paddy Reilly.
Writer performer with Brendan Begley on Dublin Burning, an Anthology of songs and stories from 1916. Mike tours regularly and records with Leslie Dowdall of In Tua Nua and with Eleanor Shanley.
As well as performing Mike is currently writing a memoir of a life in food and music to be published in 2019.