Leslie and Mike release You are my sister followed by a series of gigs
Fri 17 Gibbon’s Pillar House, 8 Society
St, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway
July 22nd Trim castle
STOCKTONS WING CELEBRATE 40 YEARS
Sat 19h. Aug Ennis Fleadh
Sat 26th Aug Bakeefe Kilkenny
Tour starts at Easter. Great excitement and so looking forward to presenting a show both Brendan and I have spent over a year and a half researching, reading, writing and playing some tunes. Its a sheer passion now as I've got to know the history and some of the characters involved. Many I never knew of to my eternal shame, names like Margaret Skinnider, Ned Daly, Michael Mallin, Elizabeth O' Farrell, Eily Hanrahan, Con Colbert, Sean Connolly and I could go on.The joy of the show for me as a writer and performer is a chance to shine a light on these incredibly talented people, visionaries, yes dreamers, arists, writers and nationalists to the core with a love of all things Irish, language, music and culture. Their life was dedicated to de anglezisation of Ireland after centuries of a foreign rule.Quite incredible story.Hope you get to see one of the shows. Mike
Tours planned with Brendan Begley, Leslie Dowdall, Stocktons Wing, Eleanor Shanley, Roy Buckley
Paul and Mike at TEMPLE BAR TRADFEST with Stocktons Wing 2016
Stocktons Wing 2016 with Tommy Hayes, Karol Lynch, Tara Breen, Mike, Paul Roche and Steve Cooney
Dublin Burning Show up and running
Their Ireland was an Ireland in cultural revolution celebrating
Easter Week 1916 Dublin burned with desire, destruction,death,
Our story begins in November 1892 At the Irish National
Mike Hanrahan Brendan Begley
Tours planned with Brendan Begley, Leslie Dowdall, Stocktons Wing, Eleanor Shanley, Roy Buckley
with Maura and Marty Morrissey
Some reviews and press clips
NEWS ON MIKE's New CAREER Irish Times 10th Feb
Finding Harmony in Food
Stockton’s Wing Reunion Gig was a fantastic night.
West County, Ennis
Saturday January 31st 2008
Four stars ****
The enormous drawing power of 70’s/80’s traditional group Stockton’s Wing was confirmed on Saturday night last, with 1,500 devotees showing up in the band’s home-town for a once-off, rollicking romp through their eclectic back catalogue. Minus the talents of the Wing’s regular banjo/mandolin player Kieran Hanrahan for the night, his absence was more than made up for by a sterling display from stand-in Enda Scahill. The Galway man’s ornate mandolin began the show with ‘Drops of Brandy’, as Maurice Lennon’s compelling fiddle soared over and gradually cajoled the other group members into the icebreaker - laying down a definite marker for a rambunctious and utterly compelling performance.
‘Miss McLeod’s Reel’ affords the basic
footing for Mike Hanrahan’s ‘Beneath The Shade’, with
Paul Roche’s lilting whistle lifting the song
The low-key, banjo/jaw’s harp introduction from
Scahill/Hayes to ‘The Maid Behind The Bar’, signalled a calm-before-the-storm
approach, culminating in a manic and uninhibited version of the old reel.
With a fiddle/flute/banjo axis, underpinned by Byrt’s Ceili band
Ronnie The Biography Out now on Penguin.
STOCKTONS WING ANNOUNCE REUNION GIG AT WEST COUNTY HOTEL ENNIS JAN 31ST 2009
Ronnie Drew's 'Last Session' turns to jazz
The former Dubliner’s final collection of songs, entitled The Last Session: A Fond Farewell , draws on traditional jazz influences - a genre Drew believed had eluded him during his long career.
His son, Phelim Drew, said the album, which features duets with some of the country’s best-known musicians, gave his father a purpose during the months before his death last August.
“When Dad recorded this album he still had hopes of recovery so he didn’t regard it as his last,” he said. “At the time he was very sick so the album gave him a reason to get up and out and work.
“He felt that jazz was a style he hadn’t really investigated so he got to get rid of that regret.”
He was joined in the studio by a host of musicians including Shane McGowan, Emmanuel Lawler, Mary Coughlan and Mike Hanrahan, whom he also counted as friends. The collection includes old favourites such as Molly Malone , along with McGowan’s A Rainy Night In Soho and The Auld Triangle and We had it all written by Mike Hanrahan.
The album, which goes on release on Friday, was recorded from last November to May this year - just three months before Drew lost his battle with cancer. A donation from each CD sold will be made to a cancer charity chosen by the family.
Plans are also in the pipeline to release a book on Drew’s life that the singer had been working on during the months before his death.
Stocktons Wing announe a reunion gig for the end of January 2009. Details to follow.
MIKE HANRAHAN GIG AT THE PURTY LOFT DUN LAOGHAIRE ON SUN 9th. March
SONGWRITERS NIGHT AT THE PURTY LOFT DUBN LAOGHAIRE
Hi and happy new year. Been very quiet lately as I took time out to learn the art of cooking at Ballymaloe cookery school in East Cork in Ireland. Had a wonderful time and met some great musicians and songwriters. Will be doing some gigs this year with Leslie dowdall. Not sure if Ronnie is due any gigs soon but he is very busy recording and getting healthier which is great news for the new year. hope you are all well and apologies for the lack of web site activity. Will do better. Regards
Not much to report. some legends gigs on the way. I am taking a well earned breather from the music biz for a few months. I will play some of the Legends gig but generally I am out of action until Christmas. will keep you informed on any news of gigs etc. Ronnie sends his best wishes. He is doing great and working on his auto biography and a documentary. Leslie is on RTE radio 1 on Friday nights at 9PM. tune in and stay tuned here or on myspace. All the best
Stocktons Wing may soon announce a return gig in Ennis in December. Stay tuned. More Legends gigs to be posted here next week. Gigs will be in Cork , Limerick, Castlebar and Dublin in Sept/ November.
No more live shows for Leslie and Mike for this month. Should have something to report for August.
Ronnie Drew expected to announce a few shows in the autumn.
Have a good month of July. mike Hanrahan.com is on holidays.
On Sat 23rd June Mike is in Ennis hosting a show for all the runners taking part in a 10K run for Clare Haven and Ennis Youth Centre. With him will be Steve Flaherty, Edel Fox and Siobhan Peoples.
On Sunday 24th Mike performs at a Charity show in Dublin for families going to Special olympics to support their athletes. Paul Ashford, Leslie Dowdall, Rebecca Smith, Pat Fitz, Ritchie Buckley, Roger Thornton, George Hook and many more will be appearing on stage. Not to be missed. Gig organised by some of the locals in the pub. Its a real charity event.
No gigs planned for July but will keep you posted.
Ronnie returns to stage. May 10th. NCH Dublin/ June 8th. NCH Dublin.
Leslie and Mike to sign with SonikDub and Learning to Let go will be officially launched in June. Currently on tour around Ireland. All dates posted on myspace. Click below to listen to the song and check the live dates.
Tommy Hayes, Kieran Hanrahan and Mike announce a series of Irish gigs for Autumn. Details will be posted.
Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan now available on myspace plus all tour dates.
Hi Welcome to a new year. Leslie and I will have new music by the end of Jan. Check out our myspace pages for a sneak preview. Will keep you posted. Tour dates are posted on My space. We will be on the road in March and April. Thanks to all who came out to the shows in the Autumn. Been busy with other projects over the past two months but now we have a new year and plenty to talk about. Please stay tuned.
Ronnie is recovering really well and sends his regards. Watch out for shows in May.
Kieran Hanrahan, Tommy Hayes and i will tour in the Autumn as a three piece. should be a great gig.
no gigs until January. ronnie in recovery and doing fantastic. We should be back for the Willie Nelson Shows in the UK in January . He sends you all good wishes.
Leslie and I finish the recording and hopefully release a few tracks early new year..
Thanks to all who came to the shows around Ireland. we had such a great tour.
Hope you all have a good Christmas season.
Rumour has it that Stocktons Wing might form part of the Legends of irish Folk next year. That would be really something to look forward to.
new Myspace address up and running.
Ronnie has been under the weather but is recovering really well and will be back on the road. Thanks for all the good wishes.
Tour with Leslie well on the way and having a great time. Just started recording a couple of tracks with Shay Fitzgerald. Check out the tour page for further detail.
Check out the Tour Page for dates with Leslie and there are also some dates with Ronnie
Currently on tour with the Legends of Irish folk featuring Ronnie Drew, finbar Furey, Johnny Mcavoy and Liam Clancy. Gigs at the Cork Opera House are sold out and we move to The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin next week Aug 28th.
Leslie Dowdall and I are putting a tour schedule together at the moment for october. Venues confirmed in Weford, Moate, Carrig on Shannon, Boyle, Ennis, Lismore, Dublin. A full list will be posted this week.
Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan to tour Ireland September/ nOctober. Stay tuned.
June/ July/ August Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley with Mike Hanrahan and Steve Flaherty on Irish Tour to promote new Cd El Amor Da mi Vida
The re mastered Stocktons Wing Live CD from 1985 has just been released onTara Records and is now at all Golden Discs shops or you can order it here on site within the next week. There are three bonus studio tracks also included.
The album was without doubt the most critically acclaimed of all Stockton's Wing recordings.
EL AMOR DE MI VIDA cd available in the shops
So many gigs coming thru for the year. Ronnie and Eleanor take to the road in May, The Legends of Irish Folk in August and there is great interest in the Leslie Dowdall collaboration. Check out the tour page for all info on gigs. Hope to see you at one of the shows. Meanwhile check out the new Ronnie Drew / Eleanor Shanley CD.
HAPPY ST PADDYS DAY TO EVERYONE
Ronnie gets the gig as Grand Marshall to Dublins Parade.
Ronnie and Eleanor release radio single. A Warren Zevon song produced by Mike.
CD due for April 7th Release.
Mike and Leslie finally get on the road with a couple of gigs in April.
The Legends Of Irish Folk announce a series of gigs in August in Limerick, Cork and Dublin.
Mike and Ronnie live dates in Denmark early March
Ronnie and Eleanor CD produced by Mike Hanrahan due for April 7th release. Live shows will follow.
Mike and Leslie Dowdall close to tour dates. One gig to watch for at The Spirit Store in Dundalk. They will be performing the new material at this show. More dates will certainly follow.
Happy New Year and lets hope its a good one. All good news to get the year started. Just finished recording the CD with Ronnie and Eleanor at Sharon Shannon's Cottage Studio in Galway. What a great place to be over the Christmas. Some real surprises in store on this album. Ronnie and Eleanor have chosen some great songs. We have cut songs from The Eels, Warren Zevon, Paul Brady, Nick Cave and a couple of trad Irish songs with a twist of Trance. No kidding.... This is a milestone for Ronnie and Eleanor. The recording has been one of the highlights of mu music life. Our band of great musicians included Robbie Casserly on drums, James Delaney on Keys, Paul Moore on Bass, Keith Donald on Sax and Clarinet, Sharon on Accordian and whistle and Steve Flaherty on Electric guitar. Theres a special appearance from Paul Brady. What a line up. I hope you enjoy the music which will be in the shops by Easter which is sometime in April, I think. Lots of tours to follow. Hope to see you at the shows.
LESLIE DOWDALL AND MIKE HANRAHAN
Leslie Dowdall and I have spent a little time working on some new songs. She now moves to Dublin so we should have more time to work. We have a few songs down and getting ready for a few gigs here in Ireland. Leslie is singing very sweetly and the ideas are flowing.
Would you believe it. They said it could never happen again. Well The Wing may get together later on this year to play a special Stocktons Wing Festival weekend in Ennis and wait for it .....It will more than likely be an annual event. Hopefully we will have all the pieces in play to make a full announcement in a few weeks time.
I hear that there may be a reissue of Stocktons Wing Live on CD on the way also. Ah Nostalgia!!!!!!!!!
I am listening to a great new album from Martin Furey "Monkeys wedding"----- What an amazing bunch of songs. great to have him back on the stereo system.
Happy New Year indeed.
Thanks for calling
Happy Christmas to one and all. We have been busy locked away in a studio working on the new CD with Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley. Its all going very well and the material is very different , fresh, interesting and so far there's been lots of fun and good music. Ronnie is in great form and Eleanor is singing very sweetly indeed. We go back after the Christmas to finish and expect a release sometime in March followed by some live dates. We have had the privilege of working with some of our great musicians like James Delaney on Piano and keys, Paul Moore on Double bass, Keith Donald on brass, Steve Flaherty on guitar and my old pal from Stockton's Wing Robbie Casserly on Drums. I had not set eyes on Robbie for some time. He has been busy with Riverdance but he is now back in the real world and playing great music.
The Legends play Vicar Street at the end of the year for four nights. You should try to catch the gig. Meanwhile they will perform on Pat Kenny radio show on Tuesday next 20th December at 11.30AM on RTE radio.
Leslie Dowdall and I are writing lots of songs and we hope to gig before the summer. We are looking at April and all I can say is that this music is a real pleasure and working with Leslie will be a great chapter in my life.
Hope you have a good Christmas and best wishes for the new year.
Had a wonderful weekend in The Isle of Man although the weather was terrible. Great show and we met with the Bards. Long time since we last met. Very little to report for this month. Ronnie, Eleanor and I are spending lots of time on new songs and arrangements for the recording in December. Talk to you soon. MH
News flash .........John Spillane and Louis De Paor are working on a song for the new Eleanor Shanley/ Ronnie Drew CD. Should be special.
Work has started on new CD with Ronnie and Eleanor. We hope to write a few songs together and I think it will be a first for Eleanor and possibly a second for Ronnie. He told me once that he and Luke Kelly wrote a song together. It should be an exciting project and one I am looking forward to. We have sketched a few ideas and hope to get some time over the coming weeks to put some more work into the songs. Ronnie has asked Shane Mc Gowan to come up with a song also. It will be a very exciting project. We record in Galway at Sharon Shannon's so you would never know who would drop by.
It appears that the protest in Dun Laoghaie to save the Baths has taken a few twists and councilors are changing sides. It would be great if they allowed the people to have their say.
Leslie Dowdall is just back from a break in the US. We start back to work on the songs next week. Hooray for that!!!!!
Antony and The Johnsons are back for another show next month and thats a treat to look forward to.There's a new CD from Christy Moore well worth checking out and The Legends show has been confirmed for the end of Dec at Vicat Street.
Thanks for calling
September NEWS September 05
This weekend Ronnie and Mike are in Coalisland at The Craic Theare and on Sunday at The Millbank Theatre , Rush Co. Dublin.
Ronnie Drew, Eleanor Shanley and Mike Hanrahan record a new CD in December in Galway.The three will tour in March 2006 around Ireland with some shows in Holland and Germany. Stay tuned for details.
The Legends of Irish Folk return to Dublin in December with some shows at Vicar Street.
Mike Hanrahan and Leslie Dowdall go to the Studio in January to record some songs.
Ronnie and Mike perform a series of Shows in Ireland and Denmark during October. Check tour page for details.
A very successful day at Dun Laoghaire to protest the proposed building of a monster building block on the sea front. I hope someone on the council was listening. They should do becase this was local people power protesting. THere were no other bodies trying to hijack as normally happens. This was a real protest. You could help by e mail or writing to the council. We have a beautiful sea front here and stop screwing with it. Do they ever have enough.????
The IMRO AGM took earlier this month. It was a great success. Life is good at IMRO ( Irish Music rights Organisation). I do not mention it much but it is an exciting job and these are dangerous times for songwriters with so much focus now on illegal and legal down loading. .Illegal is just that and all it gives is more money to the fat cats. Think about it. We need all the music we can get from Ali Farke Tourri to Rory Gallagher, from Kylie to Nina Hynes but if we are not careful we will be setting up expiditions for some of the good stuff. Supermarkets and video shops and so called FM stations have only limited space, taste and brain power and are guided by the magic of the euro.Keep it live and interesting.....thats what I say. I just got some new CDs. The Magic Numbers, Eightball, Devendra Banhart and the wonderful Arcade Fire. I see antony and The Johnsons got the Mercury award. You heard it here first. He is back in Ireland in November.Something to look forward to.
A couple of great shows with Eleanor Shanley, Ronnie, Keith Donald and Steve Flaherty at the weekend. It was nice to get back to the songs. Friday we had a great night in Kenmare with Ronnie. now we are getting set for The Legends gig at The Gaiety Theatre Dublin. Pat Fitzpatrick will join me on Piano/ Keys. The shows are almost sold out. Been rehearsing with Finbar Furey and Paddy Reilly. Finbar is playing some great music these days and writing a few songs. His daughter Aine is also recording a CD. Aine sings really well. Stay tuned.
Busy times ahead. Next week we work with Eleanor Shanley in Leap and in Kilkenny. Details on the tour page. Keith Donald joins us on Sax and Steve Flaherty on guitar.
Getting set for The Legends gigs in September at The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Booking at The Gaiety. The Album is currently in the top ten in Ireland.
Meanwhile Ronnie and Mike are playing in Kenmare next week at the Riversdale Hotel.
Great gig with Leslie at The Island Music Club in Clare. The first of many we hope. Looking forward to writing some new tunes and working on some other songs. Tonight its July 4th celebration at The Irish Concert Hall with Ronnie. Hope its a good one. Talk to you soon. Antony and The Johnsons played Vicar Street on Sat. What a beautiful gig, truly amazing show. wow. Get to see one of the shows if you can. Not too many on this level.
MIAMI SHOWBAND MEMORIAL CONCERT
A concert to commemorate The 30th anniversary of The Miami
Showband tragedy takes place at Vicar Street , Dublin on August 1st. 2005.The
tragic and untimely deaths of these young stars stunned the nation, shocked
the world and caused an outpouring of grief that still reverberates to
The night will feature many of the legendary performers from the Showbands and Beat Groups of their day introduced by celebrity DJs and personalities.
Among the Artists confirmed are Brendan Bowyer (Royal Showband and Big Eight), Red Hurley, Tony Kenny, The Memories, The Indians, Johnny Fean (Horslips), Sean ODowd, Derrick (The Sounds), The Conquerors, Pat Lynch (Airchords), Brendan OBrien (Dixies), Declan Ryan (Arrivals), Kelly (Nevada), Maxie, Rob Strong (Plattermen), Ronan Collins, The Strangers, Jack, Des Lee, Steve Travers and Paul Ashford (Miami), Bobby Kelly (Chosen Few).
The proceeds of the concert will help in the construction of a permanent memorial to Fran OToole, Tony Geraghty and Brian McCoy.
There will also be a special interdenominational service
held at The Pro-Cathedral in Dublin at 2pm on Saturday July 30th. Eurovision
winner, Dana, a dear friend of Fran OToole, will lead the choir.
All are welcome to attend.
Mike Hanrahan & Leslie Dowdall ( In Tua Nua)
Hello again. I have been so lazy on the site front but I promise to improve. We had very few gigs and little to report. Ronnie and I had a great show in London last week at The Hammersmith Irish Arts centre. Really great night. Gigs are thin on the ground but rumour has it that there will be an Irish tour. Also in the pipeline are a few gigs called The Legends of Irish Folk ( no not me, still a bit to go before I can go into that bracket) Ronnie will team up with Finbar Furey, Paddy Reilly and Liam Clancy. I will be there with my guitar and I think it will be a great night of songs and stories.Look out for the show coming to a venue near you.
I have been working very hard with Leslie Dowdall on a few songs and we are hoping to put some of the work on tape for an autumn release. This is a very creative time and maybe that's why I have not been too vigilant here on the site.What a voice Leslie has and I have been going from music store to music store searching out strange sounds. I bough a wah wah during the week. Great on the acoustic guitar. Got a new Taylor guitar also. Wonderful instrument.
Last week I came across Keith Christmas. Those of you who have seen my gigs will know the song Robin Head. That brilliant song that keeps us in giggles for four minutes. Well Keith Christmas returned my message and you can find out more on the great man at http://www.kcblues.co.uk/ I hope he comes to Dublin for a gig. I will try and sort something out. It was a treat to make contact.
Last week I saw The Eels in Dublin. Great gig. Beautiful new sound. What an entertainer. Antony and the Johnsons are on their way and I hope to catch a gig.
Otherwise life is good and the new music with Leslie sounds cool and I hope to see you at some gig somewhere.
Thanks for calling,
Pretty boring and dull end to April after a great weekend in Geneva. Just got a great Geneva Review from Denis Mclean. Please click and read.Thanks to all the organisers for the help and great hospitality. Looking forward to getting back to finish that pint of Guiness.
Taking time out to work on some songs with Leslie Dowdall. Just building a set and writing some new songs.We have a gig in July at the Island Music Club in Clare. That will be our first. There will be a few more along the way.
Ronnie is taking time out and he plans recording a new CD over the coming months. Gigs to look out for are the Hammersmith Centre in May and The Rory Gallagher Festival in Donegal in June.
Maurice Lennon is recovering from a major op so we all wish him well. There may be a Stocktons Wing show before the end of Summer. I hope that works out. It will be good to play with the lads again.
Thats it for now.
Thanks for calling.
Tara Records have just released some classic fottage from The Self Aid concert, Dublin , 1985 featuring Stocktons Wing perform Beautiful Affair. Check out the stage gear and that cute dancing. Beautiful affair
March 23rd. THE GENEVA LITERARY AID SOCIETY (GLAS)in association
with ANGLO IRISH BANK (SUISSE) SA present Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan
at the Theatre Cite Bleue, Cite Universitaire, 46 av. Miremont , Champel
on Saturday, 16 April 2005 20h00
For reservations contact: 079-2173357 / 079-4744706
March 21st. So AndrewsLane has come and gone and left behind many great gigs and memories. There is talk of going around the country with the show but we need some work on that project. Its a big task. Hopefully we will get to some venues soon. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed with good wishes and kind words on the show. Ronnie was in top form for the entire run. Hope you all had a nice Paddy's weekend and drowned the shamrock just a little bit. It was strange being in Ireland for the first time in so many years. I was somewhat removed from proceedings. I start work with Leslie Dowdall soon and we hope to put a few shows on the road later on this year. I look forward to that gig. This week I just want to relax and enjoy some new CD's. Antony and The Johnsons is a new one and a treasure. The new Rufus Wainright aint bad either. Talk to you soon and thanks for calling.
15th March. Irish Times review posted on site.
14th March. Final week at Andrews Lane. Hard to believe its almost finished. On Friday night Paul Durkin attended and was very pleased with Ronnie's reading of his wonderful poem on The Great Hunger. It was good to meet the man. What a poet. My good friends John and Judy O' Shea from GOAL called to see the show and had a great time. Someone said Bishop Commisky was at the show. I wonder if he understood The Garden Of Roses. He would have been the perfect audience for every word of that song.
Yesterday, we had such a wonderful day in London at The St. Patrick's Day concert at Trafalgar Square. It was an amazing sight to see 20 thousand plus Irish waving flags and singing under the statues of Havelock and his cronies. It must have upset their slumber. It truly was a brilliant day to be Irish in London. A day to remember for all those Irish who would never have experienced such an open invitation to celebrate their National day. Whatever they say about Ken Livingstone you have to give him credit for his bridge building initiatives. We met Francis Black, Paddy Casey and The Saw Doctors. Now there's a band who rock. My old pal and ex stocktons Wing drummer Fran Breene was playing with the Doctors. Great to meet him after so many years. Paddy Casey played a great set. Excellent songwriter. Francis had a great gig with Jimmy Smith on guitar. We had a great set also. Ronnie was in fine form. Its a day I will remember for a long time. Not too many of those gigs around. Meanwhile we have a week of good gigs coming up at Andrews Lane. Hope to see you there some night this week. MH
March 11th. Week two almost down and the show is going great. There will be no show on St. Patrick's night. Traditionally that part of town goes a little crazy with celebrations , gigs, parades and revelry. Paddy Cole came to the show and invited us to perform at 4th. July celebrations at The National Concert Hall. We will also head for London Irish Centre in Hammersmith in May. Before that, The Geneva Irish Society has invited us to perform the show sometime in April. A DVD of the show will be recorded for Christmas release. All in all a busy time. Next week looks like good houses each night. Monday is quiet so if you are looking for something to do on Monday please call in.
Meanwhile good news on the singer songwriter front. Leslie Dowdall (in Tua Nua) and I will be getting together to play a few dates later on this year. We are currently working on a set.the site will post all the gigs. They promise to be good. I am so looking forward to working with Leslie. Great voice, great songs and a wonderful lady. We may throw in the odd Nick Cave, The Eels or Lamb Chop cover. You never know. No doubt we will write a few songs as well.
Thanks for calling in.
March 5th. Super review of the show from The Irish Times. Should have it on site by tomorrow. It was also a great tribute to Ronnie and I think the reviewer really understands what Ronnie is all about. Good houses at Andrews Lane and the reaction is great. My Louden guitar fell apart, literally, on Wed. My good friend Paul Doyle, a great guitarist, came to my rescue fifteen minutes before the gig with a beautiful Taylor guitar. It was a close call but good for Taylor....I have one on order. Yesterday, Ronnie and Phelim, his son, recorded a very funny radio jingle. Opening night was very successful and spotted in the room were Brian Kerr, yeah the Irish football manager, Gay Byrne, Keith Donald, Brendan Balfe, Francie Conway to name a few. Brian Kerr is a great fan of the music and Ronnie has never been to a football match. We intend to bring him to the next Irish game. We also got a call to play the half time at Landsdowne for the rugby international. That should be great craic and at least I will get a good seat for the game. Des, our engineer, has left the show to fulfill a prior commitment. We will miss him. He has been superb. Julian , our producer, has gone to New York to open Riverdance at Radio City Music Hall. A step down from Andrews Lane Theatre I would have thought. Oh well we cannot have it all our own way. Talk to you soon and if you are thinking about coming to the show please book soon. Tickets are moving. All the best for now and thanks for calling in. MH
Mon 28th Ronnies day begins with an appearance on TV3 at 9AM. Great success at Tallaght Civic Theatre. Everyone's looking forward to the run. All the hard work and preparation is complete. Special thanks go to our producer Julian Erskine,Artistic consultant supreme Patrick Sutton, Production Manager Des Kenny and Sinead at Gerry Lundberg for all PR. Thanks also to the crew at Andrews Lane. Hopefully we have great success and we hope to see you at the show. Its a good night out and in my humble opinion it is without doubt Ronnie's finest hour.
e-mail to; Ronnie@mikehanrahan.com
The Best Irish Song supported by Today FM is causing some fun on a few sites. We are getting lots of mail congratulating the Wing on reaching the number seven slot. One or two nasty notes wondering why we are there at all. We still rear the odd begrudger. We have not heard the song on Today FM as of yet but we are hopeful that the little man who thinks he knows what should be played will find some sense, come down from the tree house, wake up smell the roses, come out from under the corporate rug and ......... Well maybe not. Hard to teach some dogs anything at all. We will keep you posted on any news of his conversion.
Meanwhile Ronnie and I play Cuala GAA this Saturday in Dalkey , Dublin. This is the final Tsunami benefit and proceeds go to the Fishermen who are trying to rebuild their lives and get back out to work.
So Beautiful Affair made Today FM top 25. In at number seven. Number seven.We are all delighted , shocked to our boots. Stocktons Wing on Today FM. Well I never.......Thanks to everyone who voted. Yippeeeeeeeeee. Thanks for all the emails and best wishes.
Heres one we received from Pat in Dublin. Its cute and has to be shared.
Seven is a great number
There are seven days in the week, seven wonders of the
The Top 25 from
Great night at The Noggin Inn for the Tsunami benefit. 20K raised for the Goal appeal. What generosity from the local people. It was a night of music with Moya Brennan and her excellent band , Ronan Johnson, Sonny Condell and Leo O' Kelly giving a brilliant Tir Na Nog Set, Liam and Fachtna from The Hot House Flowers, All the lads from Kila, George Murphy and the wonderful The Three Amigoes who made it all happen. Philomena Lynnot presented a portrait of Phillip for the auction, Paul Mc Grath, looking super fit, weighed in as did Goal directors John and Lisa O'shea. Also present were Shay Fitzgerald, Cara Hanahoe and Garvan Gallagher. It really was a great event. Good luck to Eoin from Kila with his solo project. Ronnie Drew was in great form and even managed a version of The Rose with The Hot House Flowers. Tom skerrit provided the sound bliss. If you missed it then you really missed it.
RORY GALLAGHER 10th. Anniversary gig at Ballyshannon, Co. Denegal just confirmed.
Its now Feb and the countdown to the Andrews Lane run begins. Most people have a thing about January. I like January. I do not like the end of January because it confirms the passage of time. Remaining in a state of January would do me fine. However, the year is almost over now. Hope its a good one.
Ronnie Drew and Mike will be playing in Sallynoggin on 31st but an interesting idea has come up to help the fishermen get back to their boats.Three thousand Euro will build a new boat for the Island fishermen. Cuala GAA are hoping to build 4 or 5 boats. Its a practical idea and one well worth our support. The gig will also feature local musicians. More Details to follow.
Votes are piling in to Today FM. It will be interesting to see if the music Gods of Today FM will acknowledge your votes. We do, and we say thanks for your great support.
Jan. 31st 2005 Tsunami benefit gig
FEB 19th Cuala GAA Dalkey Benefit gig for the Tsunami Fishermen Appeal.
Christmas was a less than festive occasion after the terrible tragedy that was visited upon the people of Asian Islands. Nature is a formidable power and its ability to cause so much devastation is terrifying. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, the broken communities and the thousands of selfless aid workers who are trying to ease the pain and suffering. Happy New year is somehow not appropriate but lets hope its a better year.
The Best Irish Song Of The Last 25 Years.
Booking for March Andrews lane Theatre Dublin
Dec 23 2004
Christmas is here. New York run was very successful and we will be posting reviews in the new year. Meanwhile enjoy the holiday season and see you next year.
Mike, Ronnie and Orla.
NOV 27th. New Live CD with Ronnie and Mike now available
IRISH MUSIC MAIL and Exclusive to all Celtic Note Shops in Dublin.
Irish Arts Center presents
Back by popular demand!!! A second chance to hear the wonderful songs and stories of the one-and-only Ronnie Drew (formerly of the Dubliners), accompanied on guitar by ex-Stockton's Wing frontman Mike Hanrahan in this critically acclaimed show.
Length: 1 hr 55 mins
The Irish Arts Center is delighted to announce the return of the hit show AN EVENING WITH RONNIE DREW AND SPECIAL GUEST MIKE HANRAHAN. The show played to packed houses at the Irish Arts Center in March 2004 and is now back by popular demand! Dont miss this chance to hear the wonderful stories and songs of the one-and-only Ronnie Drew (formerly of THE DUBLINERS), accompanied on guitar by ex-Stocktons Wing frontman, Mike Hanrahan. This show is an extension of their critically acclaimed show RONNIE,I HARDLY KNEW YA.
NOVEMBER 28th. Will be release date for new CD with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan Live. The CD features various recordings form recent European gigs at Oostende, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Solingen, Hamburg and Dublin. After so many requests for a live Cd we can now finally get to release before Christmas. Details for on line order will be posted next week. The CD will not go on general release and will be available on line , at selected stores and at the live shows.
Tracks include: Two Island Swans, We Had It All, Finnegans Wake, Someone Like You, LaQuinta Brigada, The Parting Glass and an incredible performance of the anti war classic Waltzing Matilda. For pre order please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or email@example.com. Thanks to Peter Keenan who mixed and mastered and Shay Kennedy on design. We have talked enough about the possibility of a CD and thankfully its now a reality.Hope you enjoy the music.
Just back from Holland. We had a wonderful tour and it was extra special having Siard de Jong on stage with fiddle, bazooki, mandolin, whistle, vocal etc etc etc etc.. What a great musician. Getting ready for the launch of the new CD with Ronnie. Its almost set for pressing and hopefully it will be released by the end of this month. Those of you with pre orders will have the Cd for the Christmas.Promise. Will be setting up a purchase point here on site and will keep you posted.
Also getting ready for another run at the Irish center in New York. Looking forward to that trip.
October News and Pics
New Live Cd on the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay Tuned.
NEW YORK IRISH CENTER in DECEMBER
Just back from a successful trip to Germany with Ronnie. It was his last German tour but he hopes to travel over for the odd gig.we had a great time and we now hope to finish the live album which should be ready by the end of this month in time for the dutch tour. Here is a pic from Graven, The last night of the tour. Below that we see Ronnie as ever in search of information."Now what was that wrong Chord Mike was playing during Raglan Road.
Did you know that Ronnie was 70 last month and he plans to record a CD with his favourite guitar players, Louis Stewart, Anto Drennan, Artie mc Glynn, Paco Luna,Jimmy Faulkner and Mike. He will also include a track or two with Ritchie Buckley and Myles Drennan. should be a great CD.
November should see the release of Mike and Ronnie Live in Germany. Stay tuned for details.
March of 2005 Ronnie and Mike back at Andrews Lane theatre in Dublin for a three week run of the new show.
Just confirmed a two week run back at Irish Arts Center at the end of November with Ronnie. Currently working on the Live CD with Ronnie. Hope to have all the work complete by the end of September. Pressure on to have it finished for The German tour.
Caught David Byrne in Dublin and he was majestic. What a night of music we were treated to. Now why can't all gigs be like that.
Tomorrow night I will be in Wexford at the Songwriters show. Next week I take a week off to prepare for what will be a very busy winter period.
Currently reading Gulag by Applebaum. Not pretty, not easy reading , not good for the soul or for ones belief in mankind but this story had to be written and we should all read it. What a cruel beast the human can be when greed and evil takes control. Depressing.
On a more positive note I have been catching up with my old music on the new Ipod. Dylan sounds great on any system. I showed the system to an old timer and proudly boasted that it held 1000 songs. He quickly replied you can still only listen to one at a time though, so whats the big deal. Hard to argue with the man really.
No more news on Stocktons Wing gigs but will keep you posted.
Meanwhile keep sending the mail. Always good to hear from you.
Launch pad songwriting workshop was a great success and wonder poet John Murphy sent me this adapted pic from my performance on the night. Met some great writers and we talked songs, uninterrupted for a full day. Now that's what I call heaven.
Ronnie and I had a great gig in Lorient Britanny over the weekend. There were millions of pipers and I will be listening to the sound of pipes and bombardes reverberating round my head for weeks to come. There were some great Breton bands performing on the street. Its a real festival. I really enjoyed the show..
Plans are well laid for next year to bring the show to Andrews Lane here in Dublin. It will be a welcome return. It all started at Andrews Lane in 1997 when Ronnie first introduced his theatre show to Dublin audiences. It was a resounding success. The Dublin run will be followed by a nationwide tour.
Meanwhile, At the end of August we will be back in the Burnavon theatre in Cookstown.The winter months are going to be hectic but looking forward to the shows.
I return to the Songwriters night in Wexford on August 24th and share the bill with the wonderful Leslie Dowdall. Should be a great gig.
All the best,
Songwriting with Mike Hanrahan Sat. 10 AM to 4PM
at the Farm Centre, Millpark Road, Enniscorthy
Its July 4th. Best wishes to all in America. Hope you have a good day. Ronnie and I are hoping to get back to New York in December. What a great city. Meanwhile, we will be in Lorient in Britanny for the festival at the end of July. We almost have a complete set of songs for the live CD and this should be out next September. Now its back to the summer and time to relax. Hope you have a good holiday too and I will update after a welcome break.
All the best and thanks for calling.
Hi, Its been a while since I was in touch but sometimes you gotta take some time out. We had a great gig at Vicar Street and the audience reaction was something to behold. What an amazing atmosphere everyone created at Vicar Street. Something really special.
I also had a great night at the Wexford Song writers night with my wonderful host Darren Byrne. If you are in the area then check it out for a good night of entertainment. Got a great review from Jackie Hayden at Hotpress which was very welcome.
Ronnie and I are in Germany this month and we also play the Nyland Model Arts in Sligo.Check out the tour page for details. We have just confirmed Lorient Festival for August Bank Holiday. Its a long time since we played Lorient.. Ronnie is in great form and we are sifting through hours and hours of live music with the hope of a release by September.
Been reading Joseph Campbell during the past few months and what a revelation the man is. Please check him out for a few a answers.
Meanwhile George Dubya is in town and I am off to Shannon to tell him that he aint welcome.
Thanks for calling,
All looking good for the reunion gig on Sat. Ronnie Drew will turn up for a few songs and Sean Keane from The Chieftains will also be around to play a few tunes. Tickets are almost sold out which is good news for all. It should be a great night. RTE Radio will record and we will also be recording for video. Tune in To Pat Kenny on RTE radio One in the morning after 10. AM where you will hear the band play a couple of sets. Best wishes for now,
May 4th is The Ruby sessions gig in Dublin and I will share the bill with Maeve Dunphy. I heard Maeve a few years ago when she was a student at the Ballyfermot Rock School. She had so much talent as a writer, singer and guitarist. I am looking forward to the gig and meeting with her again. I notice that Roesy, another talent from the Ballyfermot school, is about to release his new CD and tour Ireland. You should try to catch Roesy at a gig near you.
Ronnie will now be able to make it to the Stockton's Wing gig after all to sing a couple of songs with the band.It should be a great addition to the night. Thanks for all the e-mails with your best wishes for the gig. I hear we are up against Eurostar. What a shame. The sooner they give that reality music show the boot the better. Time was when it was actually a song contest. Its now just another beauty pageant for the manufactured music industry.
We have started work on trying to put together a Live CD of Ronnie and I in Germany which we recorded over a few tours. There is so much music to choose from but hopefully we will have it released by the end of August.
Next week I am hoping to put the finishing touches to a licence deal in Italy for the "What You Know" CD and I will post more details in due course.
Look out for Ronnie on the Ian Dempsey show , Today FM, on May 4th.
Summer is on the way and smiling faces are everywhere. Life is good. David Byrne has a brilliant new CD and I have just heard the first recording from Pauline Scanlon. What a singer and you will hear a lot more on this emerging talent.
Thanks for calling,
Easter has passed and Iraq continues to cause us so much concern. When will the slaughter of the innocent cease.Perhaps I am missing the point of it all but I cannot understand why so many people have to die to keep some of the wealthy oil barons in a lifestyle they should be ashamed of. Perhaps one day we will remain in a peaceful dream. Perhaps not.
Meanwhile I am off to Castlebar and Westport next weekend. Hope to see you there. Looking forward to singing the songs and enjoying that part of the world.
Yesterday ,Phil Mickelson won his first golf major and Clare beat Tipperary. Sometimes life is not bad at all. Sometimes.
Tickets are moving fast for the Stocktons Wing gig. It
promises to be a great evening with lots of old friends travelling from
places afar to hear the band again. I am really looking forward to the
gig. Hope to see you there and thanks for the e-mails and best wishes.
Just back from New York. What a great run we had at the wonderful Irish Arts Center. I will have photos and reviews over the coming days as soon as I finally land on firm soil. In New York the new show evolved into something special. Ronnie is in great form and new additions from poets Paul Durkin and Brendan Keneally add some serious weight to the content. A lot of people turned out including Milo O'Shea , BP Fallon and indeed the Honorable Ambassador to the UN Richard Ryan. My old pal Andy Breslin from Sidetracks was exec Producer and it was good to hook up after all the years. In between we had the march on Paddys Day and the following Saturday we had the peace rally down Madison Avenue. It was good to be part of this event. New York is better than ever and highly recommended for a trip. We plan to return with the show in December. We will start work on that run right away. While in the big Apple I caught Les Paul twice at The Iridium Jazz Club and believe it or not a great set from Commander Cody at The Rodeo Bar. What a gig that was.They should have named the city Three Times its so good. Looking for a place to go for some culture and good fun please check out The Irish Arts Center. If you are in New York and are looking for my CD call into Paddy at HMV on Fifth Avenue on 43rd Street. Meanwhile I have some gigs to attend to in Holland and Ireland. Talk to you soon and thanks for calling in.
Ronnie and I are heading for New York on Sunday and we open at The Irish Arts Center on Tuesday. Official opening night is Thursday next, 9th March. We performed a showcase of the new show last Saturday in Dublin which was well attended and very well received at The Gerald Davis Gallery in the City. Sincere thanks to Gerald for the wonderful hospitality.The new show still features the writings and songs of Patrick Kavannagh, Sean O' Casey and Brendan Behan but added are the works of Shane Mc Gowan, Christy Moore, Irish poets Paul Durkin and Brendan Keneally. It is a true mix of Irish writing, with the past very comfortable in the company of the present.Hope some of you can make it to the show if you are in NY. Tickets and Information please click on Other than that have a great St. Patrick's day and night wherever you happen to find yourself. I know that some mikehanrahan.com regulars are heading over to enjoy the wonderful city of New York and will be coming to the show.We look forward to your company. It should be a great St. Paddy's Day. On behalf of the Friendly Sons of The Shillelagh .....................Eye and Begorrah and keep the music live.
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Feb 8th. 2004
Thanks to all who came out to the Forum in Waterford last night. It was a great night. Its a wonderful venue and Shay and Karen just prove that a good venue and hard work makes life easy for the entertainer and the audience. The gig was one for the memory bank. For those of you who stayed in to watch reality TV ......well..... what can I say...Get me outa here......................mh
Went to see Paul Brady last night at the Olympia here in Dublin. What a great show. He performed lots of the the old songs with some great new ones from the up coming album.
He is there until Sat next. Well worth the effort. Hope to catch Planxty on Thursday at Vicar Street. You cannot beat folk music. It still works. Hope to have a great night at the Forum in Waterford next Sat.
Feb 1st 2004
The Stocktons Wing reunion Gig at Vicar Street is now booking and we hope to add three more shows possibly in Castlebar,Clare and Killarney in Kerry. There has been an amazing buzz about the gigs and we have received some nice e-mail here at the site with best wishes to all concerned.
Ronnie and I are all set to play a two week run in New York at the Irish Arts Center.We have been trying to secure this venue for some time so we are very excited about the prospect. Its been too long since I have been to New York. If any of you need to check the gig double click on the Irish Arts Center icon below and you will get all the info you need.
The Irish solo tour in April/ may is coming together and we should have all the dates finalized within the week.I will be back at Tony moore's gig in Midleton in Cork and I look forward to that one. Tony has been out there supporting the indie sector of folk music for so many years and he has always run a great venue.
Thanks for calling,
Jan 16th 2004
Check out the tour dates for information on the Irish Arts Center in New York next March. Tickes are going very well and it should be a great run.
Jan 13th 2004
"What You Know" now available from Gael Linn
Stocktons Wing have confirmed a reunion gig for Vicar Street in Dublin on May 15th 2004.
Happy New Year to all and lets hope its a good one.The gigs in New York are confirmed for March and hopefully we will have a link by the end of the week. Thanks for all the good wishes over the holiday season. We have a busy year ahead so keep calling and we will keep you posted on all events.
DEC 19th. 2003.
Stocktons Wing are penciled in for a Dublin reunion show at Vicar Street in May. We will keep you posted on all developments.There are plans for shows in Castlebar and Killarney later on in the year.
Ronnie Drew and Mike are confirmed for The Irish Arts Center in New York next March.
We are taking a break for the Christmas and will be back in January. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to your company in 2004.
Dec 12th. 2003
Mike Hanrahan has been re elected as Chairman of IMRO for a further twelve months. According to Mike " I am delighted to receive the support of the board for a further 12 months.Hopefully it will be a good year for the organization and the entire membership. I am really looking forward to the challenge".
Dec. 6th 2003
The year draws to a close and its past us by in seconds. There were some great gigs and lots of good memories. The stocktons Wing reunion is well up there and we had a super night. Talks are already under way to put four shows together next year. There will be one in Dublin for sure and the rest will follow. We will dedicate a page for all the news and rest assured that you will be kept well in tune. It was great to meet and play some music with Maurice, Paul, Kieran and Tommy . They certainly have not lost the ability or hunger. Memory is a wonderful room sometimes for the odd visit. Meanwhile look in at Stockton's Wing
I will be in Holland with Siard De Jong sometime in April. Mark at Poucha Promotions - The Irish Music is back at the office after a slight illness and he is working on the dates. I wish him the best on his return. Siard is currently with Danny Guinan who has a new lease of life with promises of a new CD on the way.
Next year Maurice Lennon will join me for a tour and we hope to be out on the road sometime in May. He has a lot of new tunes and I am working on some new songs and mixed with some of the Wing tunes we should have a good time and make some nice music. Hope to see some of you on the tour.
Ronnie and I have just confirmed a run in New York at the Irish Arts Centre during March. We have been trying to pin this one down for quite some time and it is now confirmed. We have Dutch shows lined up for September and we are back to Germany in October.
Tradmusic.com have the CD in stock if you wish to get a last minute Christmas pressy.
The Bowie roadshow came to town and brightened up our lives. The Dandy warhols were on the bill also and I look forward to their return. The new Michael Moore book is worth a read along with The Greatest Democracy Money can Buy. Warren Zevon left us with a beautiful CD as did Johnny Cash. Here at home we said farewell to Stride Pianist Proffessor O'Brien and I have no doubt that he is tinkling the ivories on the Next Level. No harm to remember those who parted company.
Any further info required please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile thanks for calling in and have a good Christmas.
From the Cradle to the Stage
From the Cradle
to the Stage by Alan Swan is one of the most exciting books on Irish music
to be released in years and proceeds from its sale will go to Fighting
Blindness. This publication is expected to be the ultimate stocking filler
for Irish music lovers this Christmas. From traditional to classic and
from rock to pop it has something for
On the home
front I am back out on the road in November. I will keep you
I just read
Michael Moore Stupid White Men. What a read. Every home should
Guitarist, Singer, Mike Hanrahan , takes to the road in February promoting
his recently released CD "What You Know" on Dinky Records.
Jan 13th 2003
Happy New Year
to everyone. Hope all the Christmas and 2003 celebrations went well.
Dec 19th 2002
Dec 2nd 2002
just around the corner. 2002 is almost done. Where has the time gone.
Normally I am in Europe at this time of the year and as I think about
it I miss the Christmas markets , the hot wine, all the decorations, St
Nicklaus , the shoppers, the cold wind and of course, the gigs.
Nov 16th 2002
Nov 1st 2002
Sept 30th 2002