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The Shandrum Céilí Band takes their name from the Shandrum parish in North County Cork. The band was in existence from the 1950s through to the 1970s, playing for dances and céilithe in all the major halls across North Cork. The current band, that has links to their predecessors, is in high demand across the country and abroad to provide music for dances, concerts and céilithe, much like the old band had in their heyday. The present day band have a line up of young musicians who have all achieved success on the céilí band circuit, winning medals in all the age groups right through to senior level. The power, drive and lift of the band are a salute to the way the old band played whilst having a distinctive sound of their own. The band was formed in December 2014 and played their first engagement in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, for the annual Christmas Céilí to a capacity attendance.
The band continued to play for dancers in halls across Cork, Limerick and Clare under the guise of ‘The Shandrum Five Counties Céilí Band’. Participating for the first time in 2015, the band were crowned Senior Céilí Band champions at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo. This achievement made them one of the few bands in the history of the competition to have tasted victory in their debut year. The Shandrum also made history by being the third céilí band from Cork ever to win the competition, following the Allow in 2007 and the Awbeg in 2012. Incidentally all three bands hail from the Craobh Chrónáin branch of Comhaltas in Freemount, north county Cork.
The Shandrum have had many noteworthy appearances since being crowned All-Ireland champions. A live broadcast on TG4’s Fleadh TV and further televised performances on RTÉ’s Fleadh Cheoil programme have brought the band’s music to a wider audience. Among their most fondly remembered performances are those on the main gig rigs at Fleadha Ceoil in Sligo and Ennis in front of thousands of spectators, having been crowned champions only minutes earlier. Some other memorable performances include; a recital for the Lord Mayor of Cork in Cork City Hall, a broadcast recording on RTÉ Radio 1’s Céilí House and performances in front of family members and supporters at their celebratory homecomings.