Stocktons Wing continue their sell-out 40th anniversary tour with the addition of a concert with Duke Special and Ulaid at ‘Gigs in the Garden’ at Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co Dublin on Fri August 11th – tickets on sale now. In a wonderful tribute to Stocktons Wing, Clare County Council has unanimously voted that the band will receive a civic reception. In response Mike Hanrahan from the band says “To say we are overwhelmed is an understatement. To be honoured by your own has the be the greatest of gifts. Thank you Clare. We are humbled and extremely proud”. More details on the civic reception TBA.
So far, their 40th anniversary tour has sold out venues across the country, from Galway to Wicklow, as fans of the band’s music from the last 4 decades have flocked to hear one of Ireland’s most innovative & enduring bands celebrating their incredible career as they know best – onstage! On 18th August Stocktons Wing will return for a SOLD-OUT show at Ennis Fleadh at the West County Hotel, while on Sat 26th Aug they play Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Co. Kilkenny. The tour ends in September – Sat 2nd Doolin Bikers Festival Co. Clare and Sat 16th Sep Clifden Arts Week, Galway.
Featuring regular members – Mike Hanrahan (vocals & guitar), Paul Roche (flute & tin whistle), Steve Cooney (guitar, bass & didgeridoo) and Tommy Hayes (percussion, bodhran, spoons) – the band will be completed by two young Clare musicians Tara Breen (fiddle) and Karol Lynch (banjo/mandolin). Their back catalogue of hits includes much loved classic ‘Beautiful Affair’ – voted one of the Top 75 songs in the history of RTE radio and chosen by Today FM listeners as number 7 in their Top 20 poll of Irish songs.
Mike Hanrahan has been at the helm of the band at various stages over the last 40 years “I am so delighted to be back with Stocktons Wing playing the music that shaped my earlier life and career. We were adventurers in every sense – with no boundaries and no pressures. We created a new innovative sound and our gigs were always happy and energetic occasions”. Of the current line up, he says “It’s so good to be back on stage with Steve, Tommy and Paul again. We are missing 2 of the originals but I’m thrilled to have new blood – Tara Breen on fiddle and Karol Lynch on banjo. Two young Clare musicians steeped in the music of Stocktons Wing. A Wing gig is a special event and this time we’re not trying to take over the world, just simply enjoying a moment, shining a light on the back catalogue of a music we believe is still worthy, compelling and spirited. It’s great to meet the fans again and hopefully collect a few new ones along the way.”
Sun 6th Aug Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Co Donegal
Doors 7pm Tickets €35 incl booking fee ballyshannonfolkfestival.com/stocktonswing
Fri 11th Aug Gigs in the Garden Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin with Duke Special and Ulaid
Doors 7pm onstage 8.45pm €25 adv/€28 door Bookings 01 802 0898 tseac.ie
Fri 18th Aug Ennis Fleadh at the West County Hotel **SOLD-OUT**
Doors 8.30pm onstage 9pm Tickets €25 fleadhcheoil.ie
Sat 26th Aug Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Co. Kilkenny
Gates 7pm onstage 8.15pm Tickets €20 ballykeeffeamphitheatre.com/stocktons-wing
Sat 2nd Sept Doolin Bikers Festival, Doolin, Co. Clare
Open all day from 12noon – onstage 8pm to 10pm Tickets e20 doolinharleyfest.com
Sat 16th Sep Clifden Arts Week, Galway – venue: West Connemara Sports & Leisure Centre at Clifden Community School. Doors 7.30pm Tickets €20 clifdenartsfestival.ie