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Photo of Shantalla"Traditional Irish bands have taken root on every continent from North America to Australia, so perhaps it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that one of the most promising new groups on the scene has its home base in Brussels, Belgium." - Evening Herald (Ireland)

"Shantalla has to be rated the top traditional band on the Continent." - The Irish Voice (USA)

"Shantalla has taken the power and panache of the legendary Bothy Band and raised the ante." - The State (USA)

Michael Horgan - uilleann pipes, flute, whistles
"Spillane-touched pipes, whistles and flutes" - Irish Times "Michael Horgan's uilleann pipes define a go-get energy" - Sunday Tribune

Joe Hennon - guitar
"Very much a driving force in his own right, an ex-rock guitarist, his potent rhythmic playing adds a stark, often dangerous, edge to Shantalla's music" - Irish Music

Helen Flaherty - vocals, bodhran
"Their trump card... reminiscent of Sandy Denny" - Oor
"her a cappella treatment of 'The Highland Widow's Lament' is a showstopper" - Rock'n'Reel

Kieran Fahy - fiddle
"Fahy's rich and sonorous violin and viola is at the heart of Shantalla's sound; his contributions anchoring the band in rock steady waters while adding a launching pad for their powerful attacking tune sets" - Irish Music

Gerry Murray - accordeon, bouzouki, mandolin, whistles
"[his] delicate touch and skilful but restrained playing make the piano accordeon sound like the best of Clare concertina music" - Folkworld
"Gerry Murray's piano accordion playing stands out as a credit to his much-maligned instrument" - The Irish Voice


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