28 March 2009


Brendan Shanahan will be on Whitehall Church,Dublin.
You can watch Brendan performing “Lead Us To The Water LIVE on RTE Television and on their website,www.rte.ie on Easter Saturday.

The exact time of the broadcast is to be confirmed but watch this page as once a time is confirmed it will be posted here!

Soon you will be able to buy “Lead Us To The Water” and many other original songs on his new website www.BrendanShanahanChristian.com which will be launched before the RTE broadcast.

24 August 2008 Dublin


Brendan Shanahan announced today that his first wide release of his music, a CD entitled “Brendan’s Ireland”, with 13 of his favourite traditional Irish songs, is now available for purchase through a number of outlets including his website brendanshanahan.com, as well as wherever he is appearing and also at a number of retail outlets in Ireland and the US. Click here for a listing of outlets.  Brendan chose 24 August as release date to honour the feast of St. Bartholomew, the name of both his father and older brother.

“Brendan’s Ireland” has been so entitled because he has selected 13 of his favourite songs of Ireland, those most appreciated by audiences at his performances, that in their lyrics teach the listener who is new to Irish traditional music about the country, its people, politics, and way of life, particularly the past. It’s “Brendan’s Ireland” because these songs speak to what he finds interesting or beautiful about his country. From Dublin to Limerick, over mountains and down rivers to the rolling sea, each song expresses his love for Ireland.

Those songs are:

“Star of the County Down”, intricately written in a double quatrain, comprises information on a rural way of life, noting pattern dances, reels and jigs, farming, sparking courtships as well as the charming tale of love at first sight.

“Limerick Rake” brags about his conquests on couches and in chambers, unrepentant in his quest to become “Father of Ireland”.

“Raglan Road”, Dublin’s anthem of unrequited love written by celebrated poet Patrick Kavanagh, tells of the poet’s love for Hilda Moriarty and her rejection of his affections. Most Irish know this story but never tire of the beautifully written poignant lyrics.

“Molly Malone” is a rollicking bar tune extolling the virtues of Dublin fishmonger Molly and no recitation of Ireland’s most famous tunes would be complete without this one, as sung in bars around the world, as well as by schoolchildren.

“Dirty Old Town” is an ashcan portrayal of life in a town deserted by industry, leaving only bitterness and anger in its wake.

“Fiddler’s Green” is a fisherman’s ditty that makes dying seem like a really good tourist attraction. It is optimistic, delightful and as much fun as Disneyland, only you have to die to go there. Brendan’s son, 12-year-old Paul, backs up his father on vocals.

“Grace” is Joseph’s Plunkett’s love, wed the day before his execution for participation in the Easter Uprising in 1916. Brendan’s version of it is one of the most soulful ever heard.

“Spancil Hill” is dreamt about by an Irish expatriate who emigrated to California but still yearns for the livestock fair still held today at Spancil Hill where he’ll see past loves and the people of his childhood.

“Only Our Rivers” is a beautiful poem juxtaposing Ireland’s beauty with the fact that it is still not completely free, contrasting “sorrow and sunshine and flowers.”

“Black Velvet Band” tells of the jeopardy a man can find himself in if he follows the wrong head of hair down the street.

“Foggy Dew” is filled with haunting imagery of that Easter morn nearly a century ago when men chose to challenge the Crown and flew freedom’s flag, to their peril but Ireland’s glory.

“Fields of Athenry” is heartbreaking in its tale of Famine’s effect on families in Ireland, choosing between feeding the family and following the rules and the price to be paid for that choice.

Lastly, “Whiskey in the Jar” makes highway robbery seem like a sport with “me own sportin’ Jennie” as the hazard course. It’s a fun song and a great way to top off this diversified album of Ireland.

Brendan plans another CD of Irish traditional music as he couldn’t contain all his and his fans’ favourite traditional ballads. “I realize that we in Ireland know these songs well and love them with good reason and each singer puts his own interpretation on them so they seem different while still being familiar. But Americans, even those of Irish descent, may not know these songs and I want them and also Europeans to learn about our country by ‘songbook history’. A history book will spell out the facts and figures but only a song sung by someone who understands it and its context can add the essential soul and emotion to that history. And people seldom fight and die for facts and figures but for the impact on their heart, soul, soil and families that unfeeling statute can impose.”

So Brendan chose songs for this first effort that run the gamut from bar songs showing the good-time spirit and sense of humour of the Irish to the serious reasons for fighting and dying for the country. He wants fans in other countries to think about Ireland more in terms of its complete scope of experience rather than a reason to get roaring drunk on March 17 wearing a green hat.