Shaskeen's 50th Anniversary Set Dancing Céilí

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50-52 Camden Square

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Set Dancing Céilí to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary traditional Irish band, Shaskeen, in Camden Town - where it all started

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Fifty years of gigging, recording, supporting other acts and travelling widely, Shaskeen has survived the disco, the night club and the singing pub, because of authenticity, quality and consistency. In their hands the music is allowed to breathe, the pure drop always respected with beguiling innovation.

In performances, the band employ a participatory style, finding easy rapport with their audiences. Set lists full to the brim with engaging material, not just tunes but songs, poetry, recitation, storytelling, moments of wicked humour and repartee full of pure craic.

Solo tunes and duets pop up, original compositions are nurtured, sean nós sits comfortably beside old timey American, yet keeping that Shaskeen essence, a level of fine artistry that has been of huge cultural significance in Ireland and abroad for the past fifty years.

Founder member, Tom Cussen says he is ‘very proud of the name, the reputation of the band and the unique Shaskeen slant we have on playing traditional Irish music.’

Their most recent album Walking up Town has been highly acclaimed, with ‘fun and mischief in the making’ says Cussen. Respected broadcaster and journalist Tom Gilmore said the album was a ‘very fine production with the Shaskeen in fine fettle.’

‘The Shaskeen céilí band originated long before the infusion of grand theatrics, choreography, technology and mythological motif… Shaskeen define rhythmic playing, there are no gimmicks, it’s all about the tunes, the songs, the stories. Shaskeen are the real thing, as Irish as it gets, the pure drop.’ (Irish Music Magazine, March 2019).

2020 will see the recording of a new album and tour dates to celebrate the band’s Golden Jubilee year. Shaskeen have cause to celebrate the great span and diversity of their music, their dedication to the craft, the cultural prestige of the music, the success of their albums and the friendship and support of their friends and fans in Ireland and all over the world.

Band members are:

Éamonn Cotter (flute/ whistle)

Tom Cussen (banjo/ mandolin)

Pat Costello (guitar/ bouzouki/ banjo/ mandolin/ vocal)

Geraldine Cotter (piano/ whistle)

Pat Broderick (uilleann pipes/ whistle)

Patsy McDonagh (button accordion)

Dave Sanders (fiddle)

Johnny Donnellan (bodhrán)

Seán Conway (flute/ whistle/ guitar/ vocals)

www.shaskeen.net

This concert is presented by 'Irish Music and Dance in London' in collaboration with the 'London Irish Centre' as part of the 'Return to Camden Town Event Series'.

IMDL would like to thank their funders for making this event possible:

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