Press release OCT 21
CO. CLARE SINGER-SONGWRITER, GUITARIST MIKE HANRAHAN (STOCKTON’S
LAUNCHES SOLO PROJECT
• shares ‘Chase the Moon’, the first song from his
forthcoming album “Songs from the Box Room”, which is set
for a 2022 release
Having spent over four decades performing with legendary acts Stockton’s
Wing, Ronnie Drew, Maura O Connell, Eleanor Shanley, and Leslie Dowdall,
County Clare singer-songwriter and guitarist Mike Hanrahan is back out
on his own, singing new songs from isolation, sharing gems from his very
successful back catalogue, and a whole bunch of stories from his critically
acclaimed memoir “Beautiful Affair: A Journey in Music, Food and
Earlier this year, during lockdown, Mike shared a recording of his song
by The Forgetmenots Choir. Penned by Mike, ‘A River Rolls On’
was inspired by his mother’s slide through the phases of vascular
dementia, and imagining her life as a beautiful meandering river starting
high in the mountains, nourishing many, giving so much to the world as
it gently rolls to the sea. All proceeds from this song went to Dementia
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Mike Hanrahan now releases ‘Chase the Moon’, the first song
from his forthcoming album “Songs from the Box Room”, which
is set for a 2022 release.
>>About the song
“Chase the moon was originally inspired after talking to an old
friend who was quite apprehensive about an impending medical procedure.
It began as a personal word of encouragement and then lockdown introduced
me to a global audience on my daily Facebook livestream #cookingupastorm.
We were all struggling on a rocky ocean
Short Biog 21
Mike Hanrahan Short Biog oct 21
Mike Hanrahan Songwriter/ Author/ Musician/Producer
1977 began professional career with Maura O Connell in a duo called TUMBLEWEED
1980 Joined Stockton’s Wing as guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
Wrote all songs on Stockton's Wing’s groundbreaking and critically
acclaimed Album LIGHT IN THE WESTERN SKY (1984) including hit BEAUTIFUL
AFFAIR and WALK AWAY.
The Wing Toured extensively around the world collaborating with many artists
as they created a soundscape using differing genres, traditions and influences
to create the inimitable sound that was and still is Stockton’s
1989 Sammy Davis Junior invites the band to perform at his Lansdowne Road
shows in Dublin. In 1990 Stockton's Wing went on location to take part
in the Noel Pearson/Jim Sheridan film production of the John B. Keane
play "THE FIELD" which featured Oscar nominee Richard Harris
and John Hurt.
Left Stockton’s Wing in 1994 to tour with Finbar Furey and pursue
a solo career in Europe recording his first album for German label Wundertutte
Someone Like You.
Ronnie Drew invited him to collaborate on his 1997 theatre show ‘Ronnie
I hardly knew Ya’ and they worked together until Ronnie’s
death in 2008. Mike produced four albums for Ronnie, two with Eleanor
Shanley which gave us the iconic duet ‘A Couple More Years’.
The theatre show had two runs in Dublin and a successful Off Broadway
run at The Irish Theatre. Mike was musical Director for the critically
acclaimed theatre show Legends Of Irish Music featuring Ronnie along with
Liam Clancy, Finbar Furey, Johnny McAvoy, Jim McCann and Paddy Reilly.
Mike currently performs with a reunited Stockton’s Wing who signed
with Universal records and released a back-catalogue collection in Jan
of 2020. The album, Stockton’s Wing Beautiful Affair A Retrospective,
went to number one in sales and download charts. A live album is due in
He is back writing songs and has started recording his third solo album
with friend and music producer Gavin Glass.
He also writes and performs with Leslie Dowdall and Eleanor Shanley
His theatre show Songs and Stories will roll out over the winter months
will feature many of his friends in music throughout the series.
A River rolls on, inspired by his mums’ journey though dementia,
was released in May 2021 featuring Mike, Lisa Lambe, Sandy Kelly and The
Forgetmenots choir. All proceeds to help develop creative projects for
those living with memory loss.
A new single Shine is due for release in September.
New Single out Oct 14th Chase The Moon
Stocktons Wing Live Album out Jan 2022
Food and Music
In 2006 Mike changed career to study and later teach at The Ballymaloe
Cookery School. He has received many awards, reviews and accolades for
his time creating in the kitchen.
In October 2019 Harper Collins published his memoir which was short listed
to top 4 for A Post Best Irish Published Book 2019.
Beautiful Affair - A Journey in Music, Food and Friendship
Chronicles the early days growing up in Clare, his entire music career
and the sudden change of step to train and work as a teacher at Ballymaloe
Cookery School, spending ten years in kitchens before returning to his
music and writing. Food and music have been parallel lines that have kept
Mike Hanrahan on track his entire life.
• ‘If you love food and music, this book is compulsory for
Christmas. My favourite cook book’ – Paul Flynn, TV chef/
writer - Head Chef of the Tannery, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
• ‘Beautiful Affair is part memoir, part recipe collection,
and a total joy to read. full of funny stories and wry observations on
the music and food worlds, along with some fascinating detail. With hand-drawn
watercolour illustrations by Charlotte O’Reilly Smith, and recipes
from friends, family and professional kitchens, this is a book to savour
and cherish.’ – Marie Claire Digby, Irish Times
• ‘A mixture of wonderful stories. We made the Irish stew…
and nearly licked the plates!’ – Sean O’Rourke, RTE
• ‘This book… it’s literally a beautiful affair.
… I thoroughly loved this. It’s a very special piece of work.’
– Marty Whelan, RTE Lyric FM
• ‘Mike manages to do the impossible – create something
which is an honest account of his life, as well as a heart-warming feast
for the senses.’ – Hot Press
• ‘[A] brilliant and often joyful book.’ – Sunday
• ‘The book is absolutely beautiful. It’s called Beautiful
Affair, and it’s a very apt name for it … the illustrations,
the recipes, lovely warm stories of a time in music and friendship, and
a life’s journey… I loved every moment of it.’ –
Tom Dunne, Newstalk
• ‘[A] moving and insightful book’ – Irish News
• ‘…through a sequence of picture postcards, Beautiful
Affair coalesces to provide a pleasing montage of one man’s life-journey,
the sociality of his musical world and the coming-of-age of Ireland as
a musical nation within a globalised world… And, of course, there
are the recipes too.’ –The Journal of Music
Mike Hanrahan Biog
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer, MIKE HANRAHAN was Born in ENNIS CO.CLARE
1977 with Maura O Connell in a duo called TUMBLEWEED performing a mixture
of American Country songs from emerging artists Emmylou Harris , Richard
and Linda Thomson , Neil Young and a few of Mikes own compositions. Tumbleweed
toured the Irish Folk Circuit and appeared at the first Lisdoonvarna Music
Festival in 1978
1980 Joined Stocktons Wing in April and toured extensively throughout
Europe and US with Stockton's Wing recording their second Album TAKE A
CHANCE, the title of Mikes first Wing song.
1982 Wrote all original songs on Stockton's Wing’s ground breaking
and critically acclaimed Album LIGHT IN THE WESTERN SKY including hit
singles BEAUTIFUL AFFAIR and WALK AWAY.
1983/4 Stockton's Wing appeared at all major European Folk Festivals.
Collaborated With Bella Fleck, The Dubliners and Maura O connell and even
Val Doonican on recordings, live shows and TV specials. One of the highlights
was a Nashville Network show with Bella Fleck and members of New Grass
1985 The wing release their best selling album to date Stockton's Wing
Live “TAKE ONE” The Album was recorded at the TV club in Dublin's
Harcourt Street with additional material from the Great Southern in Galway
featuring hit single In our World. Produced by Bill Whelan.
1986 AMERICAN SPECIAL a collection of Stockton's Wing classics special
release for North America and Canada. Followed by major US and Canadian
tours which brought the band to a new audience.
1986 FULL FLIGHT featuring Mikes hits Why Wait Until Tomorrow , Avondale
and So Many Miles. Produced by Andrew Boland
1988 CELTIC ROOTS REVIVAL Produced by Steve Cooney . Collaborating with
the other members of the band on all compositions. In the summer of 1988
they shared the stage with Michael Jackson in Cork for two nights as part
of Jacko‘s World tour..
1989 Sammy Davis Junior invites the band to perform at Lansdowne Road
shows in Dublin. They made a guest appearance with Sammy Davis Jnr. in
Dublin as part of his world tour with Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli.
In 1990 Stockton's Wing went on location to take part in the Noel Pearson/Jim
Sheridan film production of the John B. Keane play "THE FIELD"
which featured Oscar nominee Richard Harris and John Hurt.
Festival Appearances: Calgary, Lisdoonvarna, Cambridge, Milwaukee, Chicago
Irish Fest, Chicago Navy Pier Fest. Ballisodare, Chiropody, Neon, Edinburgh,
Glasgow, Australia Folk Festival, 86,89,91., Brosella festival Brussels,
Roskilda, Copenhagen, Belfast, Holland, Germany, France,Guinness festival
tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1990 THE CROOKED ROSE produced by Bill Whelan (Riverdance) featuring six
new songs from Mike. The band depart from the Drums Bass line up and revert
to more acoustic sound which brings them to the attention of the UK theatre
1994 Mike leaves Stockton's Wing to pursue solo career and also tour with
Finbar Furey throughout the UK. Records with Finbar on his solo project.
1995 “SOMEONE LIKE YOU” Produced by Mike and Peter Keenan.
His first solo album is released in Germany, Switzerland and Holland.
1996 Someone Like you released in Ireland on Crashed Records to critical
1997 RONNIE DREW invites Mike to perform with him on his one man show
RONNIE I HARDLY KNEW YA.
The show proved great success beginning with a seven week run at Andrews
Lane Theatre in Dublin followed by a 30 day run at The Iriosh Theatre
off Broadway plus appearances throughout the Ireland and the UK including
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 1998, Israel, Hungary, The Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland and the USA.
1998. With his Brother Kieran on his recording IRISH TENOR BANJO
1999 Produced and Arranged Ronnie Drew CD THE HUMOUR IS ON ME NOW.
2000 Elected chairman of Irish Music Rights Organisation. IMRO
Musical Director for Ronnie Drew Eleanor Shanley collaboration “
A couple More Years” Touring Ireland , Germany, Denmark, Holland
2001 Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley release live Cd “ A COUPLE
MORE YEARS “featuring “ We had it All”
Boy Band “REEL” record “Beautiful Affair”
Beautiful Affair voted into TOP 75 IRISH SONGS in the history of RTE radio.
2002 New CD produced by Sonny Condell called “WHAT YOU KNOW”
released in July to critical acclaim. Dinky records ,his own independent
label is created. Mike concentrates on more solo work in Holland and Germany.
2003 Garden of Roses text included in Jackie Haydens book “IN THEIR
OWN WORDS dedicated to victims of abuse and rape and published on behalf
of the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre.
2003 Returned to tour Ireland as a solo artist and collaborates with Dutch
musician Siard De Jong.
Featured artist in Alan Swans book, FROM THE CRADLE TO THE STAGE released
STOCKTON'S WING REUNION concert for Charity. in Ennis is a resounding
2004 Stocktons Wing Reunion at Vicar Street is a major success. Ronnie
and Mike release a long awaited live set called An Evening With Ronnie
Drew and Mike Hanrahan. Successful tours of Holland, Belgium, Germany
, UK and two critically aclaimed runs at The Irish arts Center New York.
Ronnie and Mike sign up with Abhan production Company to perform at The
Andrews Lane Theatre , Dublin for a three week run in March 2005.
Jan 2005 An Evening with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan is released exclusively
to the internet.
Aug. 2005 Mike along with good friend and musician Paul Ashford produces
a Vicar Street show to commemorate the lives of The three Miami Showband
musicians murdered while coming home from a gig in 1975 The evening featured
many of the top stars from the era and funds raised go to a permanent
memorial to be erected in Dublin in honour of their lives and their contribution
to Irish music.
Aug. 2005 Mike organises the first Ronnie Drew Golf Classic at Royal Tara
Golf club which earns in excess of 20K for Temple Street Childrens hospital.
Aug. 2005 The legends of Irish Folk featuring Finbar Furey, Ronnie Drew,
Liam Clancy . Jim McCann and Paddy Reilly fill a week at dublin's Gaiety
Theatre. Mike Hanrahan musical director.
2006 New Ronnie Drew Eleanor Shanley Cd El Amor Da Mi Vida produced by
Mike and released on Daisy Discs. Followed by successful Nationwide tour.
2006 Nov. First series of Live shows with Leslie Dowdal and currently
working on recording with a Feb 2007 release date followed by Irish dates.
Spoke regularly in Brussels against EU commissioner Charlie McCreavey’s
bid for a one stop shop for collection societies agitating for the protection
of rights and cultural diversity in the on-line world for indigenous writers
2006 Mike resigns from the board of IMRO.
2007 Leslie Dowdall and Mike release Learning to let it go
Ronnie returns to Stage at NCH Dublin with The Legends of Irish Folk.
Ronnies biography, featuring a chapter from Mike, is pubished.
2007 Mike leaves the music business to pursue a career in cooking and
complete the intensive course with Darina Allen at Ballymaloe Organic
Cookery School. Later he joins Darina's team as a teacher.
2008 August. Ronnie Drew RIP
Mike begins a career in the kitchen.
2010 Stocktons Wing reunion gigs and a few gigs with Tommy Hayes, Kieran
Sept 2010 Head chef at Pat Shortts Bar in Castlemartyr Co Cork
2011 Shortts receives rave reviews from Darina Allen and Huffpost International
travel. Awareded best pub food by Business and Finance.
2012 tour with Folk The Resession
2013 Stocktons Wing sell out show at The National Concert Hall Dublin.
2014 Stocktons Wing reunion at Temple bar fest and Celtic Connections
2015 Researching and writing a stage show with Brendan Begley, Dublin
Burning An anthology of songs, poems, tunes and anecdotes relating to
the 1916 rising.
2016 Dublin Burning with Brendan Begley launched at Hugh Lane Gallery
in Dublin to critical acclaim followed by a nationwide tour including
key dates in the UK.
2016 Tour with Eleanor Shanley
2016 Stocktons Wing return to their home town Ennis to headline the Fleadh
at a sell out concert at The Dome.
2016 Mike releases a new single with Leslie Dowdall You are my sister
and starts touring with Leslie, Luan Parle and Clive Barnes in Duetta
2017. Stocktons Wing celebrate 40 years opening at Temple Bar Trad Fest.
Mike Hanrahan Leslie Dowdall Clive Barnes and Luan Parle perform St. Werbourghs
church at Temple bar Trad Fest.
2017 begins work on his back catalogue of songs with acclaimed Cellist
Sharon Howley and fiddler Tara Breen. Two appearances at the Fleadh in
Ennis. Mike hanrahan with Strings attached.
2018. Stocktons Wing record We Had It All for MS Ireland.
Mike begins research for Independence songs, the second of the trilogy
on Irish historical songs from the last century. Touring with Eleanor
Shanley, and a few shows with Leslie Dowdall and the Drogheda Orchestra..
2019 Beaitiful Affair A memoir on food friendship and music is released
on Harper Collins and Shortlisted as Best Irish published book of the
year at An Post Book National awards.The book is critically acclaimed
and a book tour is set for 2020.
2020 Universal records release Stocktons Wing Beautiful affair A retrospective
reaching Number one in the Official National charts.
A sell out show at Tradfest Templebar featuring Ralph McTell, The Henry
Girls Leslie Dowdall and Phelim Drew.
A new live album is set for release jan 2022.
Mike and Eleanor Shanley are currently writing a show in tribute to Ronnie
Drew ‘Remembeing Ronnie’
May 2021 A River Rolls on with the Forgetmenots Choir
Chase the moon released in oct 2021
1994 Festival of Irish Folk Wundertutte Germany
1995 "SOMEONE LIKE YOU" Wundertutte Germany, Crashed Music 2002
What You Know Dinky Records
With Leslie Dowdall
2007 Learning to let go ( Download Single)
2016 /17 You are my sister
With Stocktons Wing
1980 TAKE A CHANCE Tara Records
1982 Light in the Western Tara Records
1985 Take One" Stocktons Wing Live Revolving Records
1986 American Special Tara Records
1986 Full Flight Polygram
1987 The Collection Tara records
1988 Celtic Roots Revival Polygram
1990 The Crooked Rose Tara Records
With Ronnie Drew
1999 Producer performer The Humour Is On Me Now Dara Records
2005 Producer An Evening with Ronnie Drew and Mike Hanrahan Dinky
2002 Single Tell me ma dance mix Holland
With Ronnie Drew /Eleanor Shanley
2001 Producer/Performer A Couple More Years
2006 - Producer/ performer El Amor da mi Vida
2006 Take One 1985 Live CD reissue Tara Records
1994 Finbar Furey The Gathering
1996 Bohinta Grandmothers eyes Producer
1998 Kieran Hanrahan Irish Tenor Banjo
2000 Reel Beautiful Affair
2005 The Legends Of Irish Folk Dolphin Discs Compilation
2006 1916 commemoration CD/ DVD Dolphin Compilation.
2006 Parcel of Rogues Dolphin Discs Compilation.
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