Shanakee down at Apollo Bay

What a great weekend – Saturday night at the Apollo Bay RSL Club, sold out show, great crowd, great craic – and the Sunday session at the middle pub.

Really enjoyed meeting some of the locals and many thanks to Louey, Jimmy and Christy Cooney and all the crew for their hard work over the weekend.

There’s a bloke down there by the name of Roger who runs the raffles and keeps things ticking along – he’s got hands like shovels and is a dead ringer for Fred Brophy – turns out he actually fought in Fred’s tent a few times, small world.

Anyway, I sang him a song I wrote a few years ago about Brophy’s Tent – here’s the video we made of it, post it below so Roger can have a squizz.

Look forward to getting down there again soon…


paul carroll poster

Next couple of gigs coming up – for all you Peninsula people, we’re at the Rye RSL on March 30th, and the following Thursday, April 4th we’re at the Celtic Club with a stellar lineup playing a fundraiser for Paul Carroll’s daughter.

The benefit concert is for Melissa Carroll, 30, who is battling Ewings Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

Melissa is the daughter of Paul Carroll, who you may remember as one of the founding members of the band Poteen who performed in Australia in the 1970’s and 80s.

Paul is making a return visit to Australia, the first time since leaving with his American wife to raise a family in New Hampshire, USA.

Joining him for this special night are Cooney’s Brew, Saoirse, Poteen, along with Shanakee.

Paul has continued to perform his music in the USA and   has recently released a CD.  Link

Melissa has been treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has undergone a year of chemotherapy, followed by surgeries and radiation.  Sadly, the cancer has returned and she has begun a new series of chemotherapy.   At a very early age Melissa displayed an artistic talent and later attended the Massachusetts College of Art.  Her work has been displayed in galleries in Boston and New York City.  Prior to her illness, Melissa was living in New York City creating her own art along with working as assistant to the artist Francesco Clemente.   Melissa has a sister, Amy, 28, a lawyer in California, who was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, and a brother, Patrick, 25, who lives in Boston working in health and fitness.

Melissa has a blog about her cancer.  Before her cancer returned, Melissa was selected to join others struck by cancer on a healing journey to India.  While there she has been volunteering in a school, teaching art to young children.  Her doctors helped make this possible by beginning her chemo treatment before her trip and to continue upon her return.

Huge weekend!

The dust settles on another great St Pat’s weekend – Saturday night’s show at the Rosebud Country Club was a ripper – the addition of piper Brad Sewell and our dancing troupe, the Shanakettes was fantastic and really helped make the night a huge success.

On Sunday, our regular monthly show at the Bay Hotel in Mornington happily coincided with St Patrick’s Day and it was massive. No word of a lie here folks – the crowd was huge, the band played its collective guts out (no mean feat in itself) and it was simply a fantastic day.

I don’t reckon there’s a much better feeling than standing on stage in front of a full house singing the Fields of Athenry. We didn’t leave much in the tank suffice to say and Kieran and I were pretty hoarse today.

Brad and the amazing dancers were once again a part of the afternoon and really helped make the afternoon spectacular.

Thanks to the folks at the Rosebud Country Club for their hospitality and to management and bar staff at The Bay – they were hammered on the Sunday and poured many hundreds of pints with a smile!