Clarecastle/Ballyea Comhaltas Ceoltori Eireann is holding its annual Ceilí at the Crossroads Festival from 9th – 16th July. The festival will open with a concert featuring Shandrum Ceilí Band in Abbey Hall, on Sunday, 9th July at 8pm and tickets are available from Clarecastle Post Office or Committee members.
Hailing from north Cork, the Shandrum Ceili band has may years of experience in playing traditional Irish music and has won dozens of medals at all levels in Fleadh, Scór, and Siansa Gael Linn. Indeed, many of them are set dancers themselves, some even winning titles at All-Ireland level, thereby understanding the dancers’ need for lively rhythmic music. The band has a dedicated following across the country and beyond. They entered the history books in 2015 for being one of the only bands ever to win an All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band title in their first year competing. They went on the following year to do it again, making them the only band from Cork to win it twice.