W.E Irish Cultural Festival Ceilidh with Shanvaghera

Date: Friday 15 March 2024

Opening times: 19:00 - 23:00

Venue: Bristol Folk House

Ticket Price: 15.00 (inc £1.50 booking fee)

Genre: Ceilidh


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Doors 7pm / First Dance 8pm

As part of W.E IRISH Culture Fest 2024, join us to celebrate Irish culture in our fabulous city. 

Bristol-based Irish folk band Shanvaghera bring their high-energy pure-drop traditional Irish music to the Folk House for a St Patrick's Day ceilidh. Joined by caller Phil Bassindale to teach you and lead you through the dances, expect jigs and reels aplenty to get you up and dancing!

Shanvaghera are:

...Bradon Smith on fiddle. Bradon has been playing fiddle for 30 years, and is a well-known player on the Irish sessions scenes of Bristol, Bath and London. He likes exploring the less paddled backwaters of the Irish tunes tradition, and has a fondness for hornpipes.

…Paul Kerins on tenor banjo. Hailing from Monaghan’s stony grey soil, Paul’s veins pump pure bogwater. His primary weapon is the Irish tenor banjo, but he will, on occasion, unholster his bouzouki for the craic. Listening to him play has a synaesthetic effect, to the point where you can almost smell turf smoke and silage.

…Sheena Vallely on flute. From Armagh, Sheena cut her teeth playing at fleadhs and festivals all over Ireland. Since moving to England, she hasn’t stopped. While essentially traditional in style, her playing is characterised by its strong rhythm and drive.

…and Benjamin Trott on guitar. Ben’s chequered musical upbringing began with an unusual collage of listening to his dad play for Morris dance music on the flute, and Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds on vinyl. He ended up touring in Europe, Australia and America with the Tim Edey Trio, The Albion Band, Frogbelly and Symphony and Blackbeard’s Tea Party. Ben has lived in Bristol for over 10 years now and has been an active part of the local traditional folk music scene in Bristol and Bath. He brings his sensitive guitar arrangements to Shanvaghera’s sound.



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