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An Amazing 2015

Posted by shananigans-band on January 13, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (6)

What an amazing year we had, It started off in January with our first appearance at the annual Ingersoll Pipe Band's Robbie Burns dinner and dance and we were a hit. In fact we were hired on the spot to return in 2016, Then we stayed busy playing in the pubs until the Men's Tankard in Dorchester in early February we were just one of the many great bands performing each night after the curling championship competition, it was another first for us and it was very cool although the weather we had on our night did cause us to end the show early so everyone could get home safe!

March has always been our biggest month with Paddy's Day being our biggest day of the year, we played 6 gigs this year. I remember when there was a time we only played in March, lol In 2015 we averaged 3 - 6 gigs a month from January to September!

Sharing the stage at the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland games with the Steel City Rovers, Red Hot Chili Pipers and Albannach! in August was definetly the highlight of our summer and great memories and new friendships will last a lifetime.

All in all 2015 was the biggest, best and busiest for the Shananigans since we re-formed in 2008. So far 2016 looks to be another potential record breaker for the Shananigans. Many exciting things happening including our first professionally recorded studio album with originals!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope to see you at show this year, make sure you say hi!


The Shananigans Band

Wow 2013 came and went!

Posted by shananigans-band on January 29, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

So it's January 2014 and we just played our first gig of the new year, Robbie Burns Night with the Mudmen at McCabe's in Kitchener. Thought I would stop by the old website and do a little sprucing up. Got here to our blog and realised I hadn't made a single blog entry for all of 2013, holy shamrocks and shillelaghs!!! That's when I realised what a busy year we had and how 2013 just sorta came and went in a blur.

So let's take a look back and see what all happened, shall we? I think we shall... Well we started 2013 off  the same as this year with a concert for Robbie Burns on January 25th featuring the Mudmen. We recorded our set for release as a DVD of Shananigans live in concert and we produced our first CD featuring our new line up. The CD was ready just in time for the busy March St. Paddy's day season and along with some freshly printed t-shirts we set out on a world win tour of Ontario that started in Kitchener and ended in Embro.

Some of the highlights a;long the way that come to mind would be an awesome weekend with the Tall Ships at Blue Mountain in Collingwood and the International Plowing Match in Mitchell, Ontario. There were many firsts in 2013 like playing at the Bull and Barrel in Barrie several times and they like us so much we are there again this year March 8th and May 3rd 2014.

Well there is lots of stories to tell but I have to go now, getting ready for our next tour, please check out one of our shows and hopefully we will come to a concert venue or festival near you very soon!


Chris Whelan


Update July 2012 so far so good!

Posted by shananigans-band on July 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, can't believe how long it's been since we've blogged, So where do I begin?? I must mention that we opened once again for the Mudmen on April 7th in Stratford and it was a another great night to remember!! The Mudmen are promoting their new album Donegal Danny and I must say it is my favourite Mudmen Album to date. We also played the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium later in April for the annual Food and Beverage show. It's now July and summer is upon us so bring on the ribfests and highland games!! Oh, BTW, we are playing the "Sneak MacPeak" in Fergus on Thursday August 9th only and not the festival itself on the 10th,11th and 12th as previously blogged. I guess they want us to get things started after the parade with a huge party at the Legion Thursday night!!! don't miss us!

Cheers to all our fans old and new and those yet to discover the Shananigans!

Chris 8)

the Shananigans in 2012

Posted by shananigans-band on January 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow what a year we had in 2011, looking back it's hard to believe it all happened in the same year. We played our biggest St. Paddy's Day ever as we started the morning out at Google's head office in downtown Kitchener (the old Tannery) for a Paddy's day lunch party, what a cool place that was and it was not surprising that the crowd included of a few laptops and some two way web cams, then we were off to McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill on King St. for a jam packed party that was live to air on Kitchener's Dave FM and then we proceeded over to the Stampede Corral for the main event! 16 hours in all, now that's how we like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!! There were many memorable moments throughout 2011 from weddings to wakes and pubs to festivals but our biggest moment so far has to be the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games where we opened for Canada's Celtic Stars the Mudmen! can't wait to do it again in 2012!

Speaking of 2012 so far we are starting the year off right with a matinee February 11th at the Stampede Corral with special guest singer/song writer Michael Kelly Cavan & Aimee Jesso on drums and then we are off to Niagara Falls Ontario for 2 days of Irish Festivities On March 3rd & 4th. On Saturday March 17th we start the big St. Paddy's Day program off once again downtown Kitchener at the Kitchener Market at 11:00 AM. We're not sure where we will be after that for the afternoon but we are sure it will be at one of the fine Irish Pubs in the area. For the Big evening of St. Paddy's we are at Molly Bloom's in Stratford for the first time and we hear it is a real party place especially on St. Paddy's since it's the only Irish pub in town! Hey maybe the Bieb will stop by! lol

On March 22nd we are once again performing at the annual Chicken Wing competition for the Waterloo Wellington Epilepsy's annual fundraiser at the St. George hall in Waterloo. On April 22nd we have a couple longtime Shananifans that are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and have included us in the festivities.  In August we will once again be at the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games on the 10th,11th & 12th and then we head to Grand Bend for an East Coast Wedding on the 25th.

That's what's happening so far this year and I will keep updating our tour schedule and this blog as more things are confirmed. Cheers to all our fans old and new and those yet to discover the Shananigans!

8) Chris