I used to play in the ‘Bumblebees‘ with Mary Shannon (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, mandola, shells and whatever else she got her hands on!) and Colette O’Leary (piano accordion and cello-I have photographic evidence of Colette playing the cello that I will get around to posting eventually!). We had great craic playing and learning tunes from here, there and everywhere. And then we couldn’t believe our luck when we got a few gigs and so we went on to record the 1st album.
Then fiddler Liz Doherty joined the band and we toured the world and had great fun and recorded a 2nd album. After Liz left the band we went on for a year or two with different musicians making up the quartet – fiddlers Michelle O’Brien, Joanne McSherry, Yvonne Kane, banjo woman Angelina Carberry and guitarist Ed Boyd.

Colette, Mary and mysel will play together again, for the first time since 2001, this April the 29th at the Auburn Lodge, Ennis at a great concert Mary is running in aid of  www.clarecrusaders.ie. There is a serious line up that night. check it out on the gig page.

Meanwhile these Bumblebee albums are now available again to download. Click here for the 1st album (1997)

and here for ‘Buzzin’ the 2nd album (1999)