Ex-Stockton’s Wing Members to Play Cois na hAbhna


15 August 2009
7:00 PM
Cois na hAbhna
Gort Road
Co. Clare
Doreen Norris
065 6824276
Ex-Stockton’s Wing Members to Play Cois na hAbhna

It may not be the full blown Stockton’s Wing super group but it’s pretty close!!

Three members from this legendary trad band take to the stage in Cois na hAbhna this Saturday (August 15th) for a concert not to be missed. Although they hadn’t played together for a number of years it appears that the performance recently in Bunratty was somewhat of an awakening for former Stocktons Wing members Kieran Hanrahan, Mike Hanrahan and Tommy Hayes. The three performed at the Folk and Variety Club in early June and since then have had a number of requests to do some more so the lads will now play an Ennis gig at Cois na hAbhna.

Tommy, Mike and Kieran are all very much in demand in their respective careers. The August 15th date was about the only date that was open for all three and it’s great that they’ll be coming home for this special celebration. Speaking on behalf of the three Tommy Hayes said, “it’s always lovely to come back to Ennis and we’re looking forward to making an appearance at Cois na hAbhna. Comhaltas have a beautiful venue there and I’ve played there on a few occasions since it has been extended but Kieran and Mike haven’t had an opportunity to do so yet. The three of us really enjoyed working together in June. Everything clicked on the night and I’m sure it will be even more special in Ennis. We’re certainly looking forward to the gig and hope to see many old friends on the night”.

Tommy Hayes is no stranger to Clare audiences and is involved in many musical projects in the county at present. His most recent album, with Ian Leslie titled Almost Home is just gone on release and has been very well received. Mike Hanrahan is successfully following his dream of being a chef and has been enjoying his detour to the kitchen. He is still very much committed to his music and was last seen in Ennis as part of the awesome line up of stars that joined Maura O Connell on Stage in Glor for the hugely successful tribute to her. Kieran can be seen in all sorts of places as his musical links continue to be varied and extensive. Whether it’s producing albums, radio programmes for RTE or being involved in music festivals Kieran Hanrahan is never out of the county for long.

No matter what they’re up to on a daily basis the three agree that sharing the stage together in Ennis is always a special occasion. The August 15th date at Cois na hAbhna will certainly be that. This is without a doubt a night not to be missed. Tickets are €22.50 and are available from Record Rack on 065 6820769 or by contacting Production 63 on 065 6893567.

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