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Stocktons Wing 1981

Stockton's Wing







Stocktons Wing early eighties in US


Stocktons Wing With Sammy Davis Junior

Sammy Davis Jnr. & Stockton's Wing







Steve,Mike, Eleanor, Ronnie,Siard

CD Sleeves


The Humour is on me now

Ronnie/Mike Live Cd 2004

Ronnie/ Mike 2004


Mike in Enniscorthy 2004

Mike and Ronnie ready to do battle 2004



Stocktons Wing Reunion in Ennis 2003

2017 bio


Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, MIKE HANRAHAN was Born in ENNIS CO.CLARE

1977 began professional career with Maura O Connell as TUMBLEWEED performing a mixture of American Country songs from, Gram Parsons ,Willie Nelson , Emmylou Harris , Richard and Linda Thomson , Neil Young and a few of Mikes own compositions. Tumbleweed toured the Irish Folk Circuit and appeared at the first Lisdoonvarna Music Festival.

1979 Helped Stocktons Wing on the recording of their second Album TAKE A CHANCE the title taken from one of Mikes songs .

1980 Joined Stocktons Wing in April and toured extensively throughout Europe and US with Stockton's Wing.

1982 Wrote all six songs on Stockton's Wing’s ground breaking and critically acclaimed Album LIGHT IN THE WESTERN SKY including hit songs BEAUTIFUL AFFAIR and WALK AWAY.

1983/4 Stockton's Wing appeared at all major European Folk Festivals. Collaborated With Bella Fleck, The Dubliners and Maura O Connell and Val Doonican on recordings, live shows and TV specials.

1985 The wing release their best selling album to date Stockton's Wing Live “TAKE ONE” .The Album was recorded at the TV club in Dublin's Harcourt Street with additional material from the Great Southern in Galway.

1986 AMERICAN SPECIAL a collection of Stockton's Wing classics special release for North America and Canada. Followed by major US and Canadian tours which brought the band to a new audience.

1986 FULL FLIGHT featuring Why Wait Until Tomorrow , Avondale and So Many Miles and Over the Moors which would go on to be the theme music for RTE radio show Liveline, still broadcasting to this day.

1988 CELTIC ROOTS REVIVAL Produced by Steve Cooney . Collaborating with the other members of the band on all compositions. In the summer of 1988 they shared the stage with Michael Jackson in Cork for two nights as part of Jacko‘s World tour..

1989 Sammy Davis Junior invites the band to perform at Lansdowne Road shows in Dublin. They made a guest appearance with Sammy Davis Jnr. in Dublin as part of his world tour with Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli.

In 1990 Stockton's Wing went on location to take part in the Noel Pearson/Jim Sheridan film production of the John B. Keane play "THE FIELD" which featured Oscar nominee Richard Harris and John Hurt.

Other minor chart hit songs with Stockton's Wing: Avondale, One Step Closer, Hey Marsha, Why Wait until Tomorrow, So Many Miles Away.

Festival Appearances: Calgary, Lisdoonvarna, Cambridge, Milwaukee, Chicago Irish Fest, Chicago Navy Pier Fest. Ballisodare, Chiropody, Neon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Australia Folk Festival, 86,89,91., Brosella festival Brussels, Roskilda, Copenhagen, Belfast, Holland, Germany, France, etc etc.

1990 THE CROOKED ROSE produced by Bill Whelan (Riverdance) featuring six new songs from Mike. The band depart from the Drums Bass line up and revert to more acoustic sound which brings them to the attention of the UK theatre circuit.they continued touring the States and Europe.

1994 Mike leaves Stockton's Wing to pursue solo career and also tour with Finbar Furey throughout the UK. Records with Finbar on his solo project.

1995 “SOMEONE LIKE YOU” Produced by Mike and Peter Keenan. His first solo album is released in Germany, Switzerland and Holland.

1996 Someone Like you released in Ireland on Crashed Records to critical acclaim.

1997 RONNIE DREW invites Mike to perform with him on his one man show RONNIE I HARDLY KNEW YA.

The show proved great success beginning with a seven week run at Andrews Lane Theatre in Dublin followed by appearances throughout the Ireland and the UK including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 1998, Israel, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and the USA.

Elected Deputy Chairman Irish Music Rights Organisation IMRO

1998. With his Brother Kieran on his recording IRISH TENOR BANJO

1999 Produced and Arranged Ronnie Drew CD THE HUMOUR IS ON ME NOW. featuring Mikes song “We had it all”

2000 Elected Chairman Irish Music Rights Organisation. IMRO

Musical Director for Ronnie Drew Eleanor Shanley collaboration “ A couple More Years” Touring Ireland , Germany, Denmark, Holland and Belgium.

2001 Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley release live Cd “ A COUPLE MORE YEARS “featuring “ We had it All”

Boy Band “REEL” record “Beautiful Affair”

Beautiful Affair voted into TOP 75 IRISH SONGS in the history of RTE radio.

2002 New CD produced by Sonny Condell called “WHAT YOU KNOW” released in July to critical acclaim. . Mike concentrates on more solo work in Holland and Germany.

2003 Garden of Roses text included in Jackie Haydens book “IN THEIR OWN WORDS dedicated to victims of abuse and rape and published on behalf of the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre.

2003 Returned to tour Ireland as a solo artist and collaborates with Dutch musician Siard De Jong.

Featured artist in Alan Swans book, FROM THE CRADLE TO THE STAGE released on Poolbeg.

STOCKTON'S WING REUNION concert for Charity. in Ennis is a resounding success.

2004 Stocktons Wing Reunion at Vicar Street is a major success. Plans for a few more shows in 2005. Ronnie and Mike release a long awaited live set called An Evening With Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan.Successful tours of Holland, Belgium, Germany , UK and two critically aclaimed runs at The Irish arts Center New York.Ronnie and Mike sign up with Abhan production Company to perform at The Andrews Lane THeatre , Dublin for a three week run in March 2005.

Dec. 2004 Mike was elected Chairman of IMRO for an uprecedented third term.

Jan 2005 An Evening with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan is released.

Feb Formed a delegation of EU Authors and composers to the EU parliament in a bid to persuade EU commissioner Charlie McCreavey that Authors rights would be greatly diminished should his recent soft law proposal become practice and The Commissioner was urged to listen to the voice of the Author.


Aug. 2005 Mike along with good friend and musician Paul Ashford produces a Vicar Street show to commemorate the lives of The three Miami Showband musicians murdered while coming home from a gig in 1975 The evening featured many of the top stars from the era and funds raised go to a permanent memorial erected across from the garden of rememberance in Dublin in honour of their lives and their contribution to Irish music.

Aug. 2005 Mike organises the first Ronnie Drew Golf Classic at Royal Tara Golf club which earns in excess of 20K for Temple Street Childrens hospital.

Aug. 2005 The legends of Irish Folk featuring Finbar Furey, Ronnie Drew, Liam Clancy and Paddy Reilly fill a week at dublin's Gaiety Theatre. With Mike Hanrahan as musical director.

2006 New Ronnie Drew Eleanor Shanley Cd El Amor Da Mi Vida produced by Mike and released on Daisy Discs. Followed by successful Nationwide tour.

2006 Nov. First series of Live shows with Leslie Dowdal

Musical Director with The Legends of Irish Folk featuring Ronnie Drew, Finbar Furey, Liam Clancy, Jim McCann and Johnny Mc Avoy.

Spoke in Brussels debate with EU commissioner Charlie McCreavey as a voice for European Authors on the protection of rights and cultural diversity in the on-line world.

2007. Mike resigns from the board of IMRO.

Leslie Dowdall and Mike finish their first track , Learning to let it go,. Irish tour april May. Ronnie returns to Stage at NCH Dublin with The Legends of Irish Folk.

2008 Ronnie Drew dies. RIP

Ronnies biog is released.

Mike leaves the music business to pursue a career in cooking and completes intensive course with Darina Allen at Ballymaloe Organic Cookery School. Later he joins Darina's team to teach at the school.

2010 Stocktons Wing reunion and gigs with Tommy Hayes, Kieran Hanrahan.

Gigs with Eleanor Shanley.

Continues his career as a Cook and teacher at Ballymaloe.

Sept 2010 Head chef at Pat Shortts Bar in Castlemartyr Co Cork

2011 Shortts receives rave reviews from Darina Allen anD Huffpost International travel.

Mike and Pat perform and Dem at Middleton Food festival.

2014 Gigs with Folk the Resession

2015 gigs with Leslie Dowdall , Folk the Resession, Eleanor Shanley, Roy Buckley and Stocktons Wing.

2016 Launch of new show Dublin Burning with Brendan Begley. An anthology of songs poetry and stories dedicated to those who fought and died during the 1916 rising.

2017 New project with Leslie Dowdall, Luan Parle and Clive Barnes. Perform the Templer Bar Trad fest end of January

Irish tour in Feb with Leslie Dowdall promoting new song You are my sister

Stocktons Wing celebrate 40 years with lots of shows later on in 2017



Mike Hanrahan

1994 Festival of Irish Folk Wundertutte Germany
1995 "SOMEONE LIKE YOU" Wundertutte Germany, Crashed Music 2002 What You Know Dinky Recods

With Ronnie Drew
1999 Ronnie Drew The Humour Is On Me Now Dara Records
2005 An Evening with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan Dinky

2002 Single Tell me ma dance mix Holland

With Ronnie Drew /Eleanor Shanley

2001 A Couple More Years

2006 El Amor da mi Vida - Producer/ performer

With Leslie Dowdall

2007 Learning to let go ( Download Single)

With Stocktons Wing
1980 TAKE A CHANCE Tara Records
1982 Light in the Western Tara Records
1985 Take One" Stocktons Wing Live Revolving Records
1986 American Special Tara Records
1986 Full Flight Polygram
1987 The Collection Tara records
1988 Celtic Roots Revival Polygram
1990 The Crooked Rose Tara Records

2006 Take One 1985 Live CD reissue Tara Records

1994 Finbar Furey The Gathering

1996 Bohinta Grandmothers eyes Producer

1998 With Kieran Hanrahan Irish Tenor Banjo

2000 With Reel Beautiful Affair

2005 The Legends Of Irish Folk Dolphin Discs Compilation

2006 1916 commemoration CD/ DVD Dolphin Compilation.

2006 Parcel of Rogues Dolphin Discs Compilation.




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