Greenshine 'Family' CD Cork Launch
To celebrate the launch of our new album FAMILY we're hitting the road!! Come celebrate with us :) We're delighted that the honours on the evening will be done by our great friend Hank Wedel
GREENSHINE is a Cork based family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. The band is known for striking family harmonies and excellent musicianship. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others. Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press. She is also much in demand as a co-writer among other songwriters.
Ellie Shine grew up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts and festivals since the age of 13 including an appearance with GREENSHINE for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at The Abbey Theatre. Despite her tender years, Ellie has featured on 4 recordings to date. She accompanies herself on the ukulele. In 2013 Ellie joined the band officially and GREENSHINE was born. The trio released their first album of the same name which counted Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon amongst its fans. The Summer of 2016 saw the release of the single and second album THE GIRL IN THE LAVENDER DRESS to huge airplay and acclaim and copper fastened Ellie's place as one of the most exciting young singers to Spring up in Ireland for many years. Her singing style is completely natural and unaffected by vocal trends which makes it timeless.
The single went on to be rest at No. 1 for a month of Summer on RTERadio1's Airplay Chart and was 3rd most played Irish track on the station for the year. It reached No. 1 in the iTunes Ireland Singer Songwriter Charts and gathered amongst it's legion of fans, Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith who said of the song:
"Wow. Stunning song. Beautiful melody and words," while Fiachna Ó Braoináin of Hot House Flowers said:"One of my favourite songs of the year." Aonghus McAnally national broadcaster said it was: "One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while"
Their next single SHADOWLAND continued the band's upward trend with Jim Lockhart of Horslips commenting: " It's lovely - tasty horn and really nice writing and performance.'' The song was playlisted on stations around the country and, again, received much airplay on RTE Radio 1 earning them an interview and live 2 song performance on RTE's flagship arts show Arena. The third single released from the album was CITY OF DREAMS and people were fascinated by the story of the song which was inspired by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's trip to play in Cork, the effect the visit had on him spiritually, and his subsequent discovery of Cork roots after an investigation sparked by the trip.
The 2018 release of Greenshine's single Dandelion Seed has seen their star rise even further with the song being retained on the RTERadio1 Recommended list for 4 weeks and at the No.1 spot on the stations Airplay Chart for over a month. The band performed the song and were interviewed live by Sean O Rourke on the Today Show. Their latest single THE GOOD IS GONE emulated the success of previous singles for the band enjoying the top spot on the Airplay Chart for several weeks. June sees the release of Greenshine's new album FAMILY.