Greenshine

Saturday 28 Sept | 3.00 p.m.
Price: €10
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They say that "blood harmonies" those of voices from within the same family are the best and Greenshine are living proof that this is so.

GREENSHINE is family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others.

 

Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She has lent her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press.


Ellie Shine grew up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts and festivals since the age of 13 including an appearance with GREENSHINE for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at The Abbey Theatre. Despite her tender years, Ellie has featured on 4 recordings to date. She accompanies herself on the ukulele. In 2013 Ellie joined the band officially and GREENSHINE was born. The trio released their first album of the same name which counted Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon amongst its fans.

 

The Summer of 2016 saw the release of the single and second album "The Girl in the Lavender Dress" to huge airplay and acclaim and copper-fastened Ellie’s place as one of the most exciting young singers to spring up in Ireland for many years. Her singing style is completely natural and unaffected by vocal trends which makes it timeless. The single went on to be the most played track on RTE Radio 1 for a month of Summer and 3rd most played Irish track for the year. It reached No. 1 in the iTunes Ireland Singer Songwriter Charts 

The storytelling element of Mary Greene’s songwriting is what seems to capture people’s imagination most – that and the melodic structure which can often be an element missing from a lot of modern writing and which makes Ron Sexsmith, Paul Simon, The Beatles and writers who employ those skills to perfection amongst the bands’ favourites.

Sean & Rose O'Driscoll

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