From USA to Laois

THE ShamRogues will be bringing their brand of Irish music across the Atlantic to Stradbally this August bank holiday weekend.

THE ShamRogues will be bringing their brand of Irish music across the Atlantic to Stradbally this August bank holiday weekend.

With their high octane live show The ShamRogues have become one of most sought after Irish bands from Baltimore to New York City and have become a familiar sight at every major Irish festival and club in the region.

Formed by Stradbally native Jim Phelan, The ShamRogues have been pushing the limits of Irish Music across the East Coast since they first appeared in a blaze of electric fiddles and banjos back in April of 2009.

Jim is joined onstage by singer and Bodhran player Adam Wyatt who continues to entrance crowds near and far with with his powerful renditions of some of Ireland’s favourite songs. A classically trained vocalist, he holds a BA in Music from the University of Delaware and although joining The ShamRogues as a backing singer his powerful vocal talents quickly saw him take his rightful place in front of the lead microphone.

Then comes Johnny Benson, a world renowned fiddler who defies gravity and many other laws of nature when in possession of one of his violins. Back in the USA after his extensive performances the State’s foremost fiddler found his rightful place on stage with The ShamRogues.

Chris Marsheck is a guitarist who feels equally at ease with a mandolin, tenor banjo, harmonica, or a tin whistle. The musical line-up is completed by bass guitarist Gary Peresta.

And then comes Katie Fox, an Irish dancer who has qualified for the World Irish Dancing Championships a staggering eight times. With The Gathering taking place all over Ireland this year The ShamRogues are taking time off their busy American touring schedule to bring the band to Laois.

They will be performing exclusively in Napper Tandy’s in Stradbally over the August bank holiday weekend, playing late night shows on August 2 and 3 with afternoon performances on August 4 and 5.