IRISH folk band Shebeen have reunited after an absence of nearly 25 years.
The band who originally hail from Lurgan are to headline an Irish festival in Indianapolis for two nights and with their ‘Best Of’ album currently getting rave reviews, they’ve made their comeback in a big way.
Aiden Lambert, manager of the Irish rock band, The Saw Doctors, made the journey from the States to see Shebeen when they reformed to play St Paul’s GFC’s 40th anniversary. Impressed by what he heard, Lambert then signed the band and booked them to play the festival in Indianapolis.
The band, made up of Stevie Derby, Dickie Lennon, Denny Coleman, Manny Magennis and Mark Haddock are enjoying unprecedented popularity among old and new fans alike.
Formed during the harsh recession of the early 1980s in County Armagh, Shebeen quickly established themselves as a fresh and innovative folk quartet, writing original and contemporary folk music that captured the zeitgeist and spoke to working class communities everywhere.
Now, almost thirty years on, their music has become relevant once again.
Striking a chord with a new generation of listeners, who hear their own circumstances echoed in songs written before they were even born, Shebeen are enjoying a passionate reunion, playing their music to sold-out venues with an album of new material in the works.
For more information on Shebeen see the website www.shebeenfolk.com