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Spring Flowers 2017

Spring Flowers Tour Germany 2017
The Official Tour Blog

So it’s been a whirlwind of weeks since the beginning of  March. What with all things wrapped around Irish events and St. Patricks day festivities I have been on the road around Austria and Germany.  It’s been “deadly” as we’d say in Dublin. The faces, the places and all the gigs. Well into April now I am coming to the end of a great Spring Tour.  Added each day, please find small snippets and photos from the road. A wee tour journal if you will. See below for info on each show  – 

Live in Linz – Austria 25.03.03
Kultur & Medienverein

Okay so this was actually the first show of the Spring Flowers Tour, but due to confusion with German and Austrian dates, we thought it best to add the concert in as a separate show and a pre-runner to the Spring Flowers Tour. Confused yet? Don’t worry, it’s not a biggy! The show however should definitely get a mention as it was an amazing night. What a great crew in the super-coolest of locations in Linz. The concert itself was very strong. I was super relaxed and sat down for the whole event. Which added to the buzz. Songs were easy going and it felt more like a homely Irish Session/songwriter workshop than an actual gig. I loved it. Loved the crew too. Can’t wait to make it back. My first ever show in Linz and it has left an indelible mark. See below for the blog. Thanks to the DH5 crew. You were incredible. So was the food!

Check out the blog from last Saturdays concert in Linz with DH5 crew. What a night

Saxo Bar Remscheid – 29.03. 2017
The first show

Saxo Bar Remscheid is the coolest wee venue. My third time to play here and it always feels like you are walking into your kitchen. They even know the songs now! And what a cool crowd last night – you could hear a pin-drop amidst the “whispers” (thank you Tracey Chapman). That was until at least the the clapping and singalong started. Foot stomping too – woo woo. To all the Saxo crew and family. Thanks for making it a lovely gig and a very nice beginning. One show down – eight to go.

Next it’s on to Rees and a new show. “New town nerves” are infull effect which is always a good sign. Been looking forward to this show for a long time. Event link –

Rheinterrassen Rees – 29.03. 2017
Show number 2

So imagine an old river village, architecture distinctly Dutch German with a relaxed dock side bar vibe (Ottis Redding immediately springs to mind). Add in the people to fit the picture and you’ll begin to get the feel for last nights venue. In a word “gemütlich”.

I’m sitting here in the sun on a balcony overlooking the Rhein reflecting on last nights gig…. if you could call it that. It was more like an Irish home session. My host for the evening, the mighty Sean Ö Cullan from Cork, might have had something to do with that and sure you can’t go wrong with a river. I’ll be honest, a river has always had a profound effect on me. I’m easily pleased. I like the water and I love the sea. But let’s not forget the all important other factors… The people, the sound, the songs and the singing. That perfect periodical package.

The Rheinnterassen Rees is not the biggest of rooms and yet one of the warmest I’ve played. With people singing on every stool. These are the grassroots gigs for songwriters that nurture and feed the soul. Two shows in and tonight I play in an old church. I look forward. My heart already full. Thanks to Seán and Andrea and all at the venue. Is mo chroí lán cheana féin. Beidh mé ar siul agus ag feachaint…

E.v. Kirche – Mehr 30.03. 2017
Show number 3

Churches are sacred places. We’ve been told this since we were children. Is it the art, the design or sometimes the sheer scale. I suppose it’s personal to us. For me it is in nature where I feel most comfortable. As a singer however,  whatever your stand or belief, to sing in these magnificent spaces is something to experience. I have sang in Cathedrals and small churches alike. I am always moved by the moment and the sound. Like amphitheaters of old, or even stone circles, the masons who constructed these spaces knew what they wanted to achieve. In sound information is carried and singing is an amazing way to come together.  Like all the great Cathedrals of old, most holy places are built over older holy places. Factor that all in and you have a stage set for magical movements and energy. When you sing in such a space, you can’t help but be carried.

This show in Mehr was one I was looking forward to. Three dates into this Spring German tour, all of which have been really strong… I had a feeling about this one. The room was sparsely decorated. Clean and white with petrol blue pews that were so comfortable. The high pulpit behind the stage set a lovely backdrop that faced an old immaculately kept pipe organ. Along with the crowd that faced me, this was my visual. I played to a beautiful warm receptive audience. People who haven’t heard my music before carried my songs and opened their heart to me and my culture. I played songs in Gaelic, English even German. Captivated by the acoustics I sang for all my little lungs would allow, finding notes I didn’t know I had. Now I am not saying they were good notes… but they were definitely new. I had so much fun and a night I did not want to end. It is in spaces like these that honest songs really exist.

I want to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out. We’ve met and I shook hands with every single one of the congregation as they left. It was a powerful and emotional night. Thanks to Seání Collins for introducing me to great people, for supporting my music. I know I will be back.  Until then I am taking you all with me. Mo bhuíochas… faoin gach rud!

Breakfast Concert on the Rhein &
Evening Party in Remsheid 01.04. 2017
Show number 4 & 5

Now folks – this is not an April fools day joke. Yes indeed – on the first of April, two shows and well over five and a half hours of music were played. The voice may have been feeling a little tender but the heart was full and it is safe to say the old adage was played… I was singer for my soul food supper! The very best of company at both rooms, Roller Hockey and Bodhrán’s were all the rage. Let’s not mention whiskey and croissants! Tanya, Markus, Sylvie and family. Danke fuer alles… Gruesse liebe! Yes they are French baguettes. Merci!

Sunday afternoon House Concert 

Lülsdorf Niederkassel 02.04.2017
Show number 6

Left to right – Ulf, Mel, Jana Leise & Kung Fu hands himself.

You could say this is where it all began. On the banks of the Rhein in Lülsdorf. My first foray into the world of House Concerts. Not knowing what to expect and not speaking the language, as the story goes, I came down the stairs into a new world and a full room of eagerly seated awaiting Germans, wanting this wee Irish man to sing songs. That was five years ago and although on reflection – I haven’t looked back… he says looking left. It’s been “Wundersuper!!!”.

My love affair with German speaking cultures started simultaneously in Austria & Germany. They both speak German you know. My introduction being Süd Tirol – German speaking, and once upon a time an Austrian region, it is now part of Italy. Figure that one out. Trips and shows in Carinthia would soon follow. I loved it all. So much so I moved to Vienna after being bewitched by a beautiful Waldvierteler woman in De Barra’s of Clonakilty, West Cork (Ireland). Now there’s a tale… And all at the same time. I think “Density” was calling, to coin the phrase!

Full house at the Melfsters

This show in Lülsdorf was to be a surprise party. Yes I was told that I was playing a “House Concert”, but little did I know the surprise was for me. The show started early and it felt like the mother of all Irish Sunday Sessions with family and friends. Living away from Ireland and my chlann you need these days. I have been made so welcome over the years here and this time was no different. We all sang like our hearts would burst.  It’s family!
Mel und Ulf… danke für alles.

A wee pause with some sightseeing.
Rheinland – Germany 4th – 5th April

Drachenfels am Rhein

With some time off and a few days to chill between the next run of shows in Nieder Saxon,
I got to see some of the sights of the area. Hills, rivers, river ferries, walking, chilling with friends and plenty of cake.  The real  highlight was the Drachenfels. Seven old Volcanoes that still tell tales of ancient dragons and warriors. A stunning place with history oozing round ever bend and bank of the mighty river Rhein. A sleepy serpent meandering through the hilly vales and thals. 

As well as walking I had a chance to play some tunes with Ulf (sound engineer, driver, friend) as we found our way around cool songs featuring me new banjo Clementine. I am having so much fun with this little lady it has to be said. There is definitely a new spark to playing. With a new instrument to explore and play around with, especially one that covers both lead and rhythm, is cool. New sounds and ideas not to mention different ways to play old and new tunes; You have to think more but it is twice the fun. The five string banjo offers up far too many possibilities. I’m like a  child in a chocolate factory… with a banjo…clearly!  Don’t mention chocolate.

Did I also mention I like castles. This wee monster sits atop of the Drachenburg. Bult in the 1100’s it has a view that you wouldn’t believe. Busy from storming the keep and saving the day, it was time to chill in the sunshine. The Rhein, a dragon flows beneath me, like time. Mine’s a coffee Osnabrück – I’ll see you soon!

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St. Patricks week in Austria
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The Devil’s in the detail
Three shows in Niedersachsen 7th – 9th April

Hotel Sauerland – Alfhausen – Back again for more shenanigans. 

“The devil is in the detail”.  I have used this saying many times but never actually understood what it really meant. Truth is I’ve had to look it up. Let’s be honest it’s a great line for a song. So I will write it.  In the meantime, from what I can gather it means that in all things there is something finer, a catch or mysterious element to what ever task you set out upon or to achieve. When it comes to touring there is no truer an expression and I would completely subscribe to it. Now I wouldn’t see it as a negative, in fact mores the opposite. For me it’s definitely the magic that happens on the road. That three days in one experience.

Whether you are crossing the Rhein on a ferry with friends, only to stumble upon a church that was founded by the Bishop who ordained the man that was to be St. Patrick (if you believe in the St Patrick Story), or simply telling the story in the middle of a concert, in the house of a great music man (who had passed away), only for your loop station to come alive and begin to retell the whole story as you point to his picture (The loop station was recording unknownst to myself). To me that’s the magic in the moment. The devil in the detail that only travel and experience bring. Experience being the key word.

The Banjo Brothers – Live in Niedersachsen

The Spring Flowers German (and Austrian) tour has been incredible. It’s been my strongest yet. I’ve never enjoyed playing music as much or have fully immersed myself in the singing of my songs, and songs of others. Great rooms were opened and cool people were met all along the way. Homely and just good crazy.  A huge thanks to everyone who came to the shows and all who have helped me get out there. The final three concerts in Menslage, Alfhausen and the Muso concert (all full), with Stucky, Nico and the boys will stay with me for a long time. What a way to wind down. Tired and supported we sang our way through many hours of music… and then some more. Marcus Bruns and Marion for an amazing three days in Niedersachsen… Danke.

I never know how to wrap these things up. Nine concerts in twelve days. The reality is… all good things come to an end. Sounds a little downbeat for me. I’d like to think of it in terms of doors and windows and that scientific airing system you’ll hear tell of in Germany and Austria… the “Stossluften effect”!  That for clean air you simply have to open a window or a door and let the new air in (wink wink). That will always change the dynamic. No matter what time of year. So for me… I am opening the doors and windows now once more and waiting for the fresh air to bring new information. New thoughts that will take me to new towns and back to old friends. Don’t worry… all your ages are safe with me 😉 Did I not say the Devil my friends … is in the detail!

The Music Store – Cologne.  I like cars and guitars…

Thanks a million to all who came to my shows, supported me, fed and watered this soul (Mel B and Ulf, not to mention the great and mighty Seání Collins and chlann) and all of you who bought my records.  I hope I have given you as much fun and memories as you have given me. See you soon. Maybe November 😉

Shane x

Check out the lovely revue from Birgit Eckhoff of the Osnabrücker Zeitung (In German)

Irish Roots

LIve at the Ottakringer Braurei – St Patrick’s Day Festival in Vienna

“Do you have any Irish in ye?”,  is how the great Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy once addressed thousands of Australians at a live concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House back in the 70’s.  For the week that was in it (St Patricks’s week – Seachtain na Gaeilge), it seemed that the world had turned green. And rightly so, the ancestor of the Gael are everywhere. On the 17th of March however that number easily trebled.

As an Irish man and musician traveling the world over with my music, it’s always great to receive the reception that being Irish affords. I am sure it has opened many’s a door… with my songs managing to keep that door open long enough for the music to linger and take root. And taking root it is… Just like the Faerie Tree. A song that was written in Austria about the love affair between the Faerie Princess Niamh and the Irish warrior Oisín of the Fíanna. The song tells the story of a romance and a journey – to a mystical land where your dreams can come through. An ancient tale that has been carried by the Irish wherever they have traveled and in some way mirrors Irish migration. The Faerie Tree Video from my new album ‘They Might See Dolphins’ was also released on the 17th March.

The Faeirie Tree Video – Shot in Ireland 2016

For me, to play music and follow in the footsteps of the Gael around Europe, is very cool and that the songs are thought of highly enough to represent Irish culture abroad is, on such a week, a massive honour for which I am grateful.


Over five days, six concerts were played. Each concert was very cool and all very different. There were new faces and old. Old enough to be in a bar or venue anyway (wink wink), and each room had it’s own story to tell. First was the lovely Noel’s Food Pharmacy in Vienna on the 16th March with Claudia Heidegger. An intimate affair in lovely surroundings. I was then joined on St Patrick’s Day at WUK Beisel courtesy of Jameson, with a full band compliment (Dave Loimer on Bass, Dave Buschek on Drums and Angelika Hudler on Violin). Needless to say the place heaved and bounced as we punched our way to a fiery three and a half hour set that would have made Bruce Springsteen proud.

The Following day we folked out at the Ottakringer Braurei – hosted by the legend that is Stuart Freeman from FM4 – courtesy of Charlie P’s, The Irish Embassy and Ottakringer. Huge show and massive event. Stuart made sure we were fed and as we talked turkey around foreign cars – it was settled.. Cars are the best place to listen to music.  The engineer and staff  at the gig were legendary in their output… making us look and sound like we belonged there… in a beautiful brewery (he smiles).

Then, with Claudia Heidegger in tow  it was on to the Waldviertel and Café Bar Martins for another foot-stomping romp through original material laced lovingly with Irish traditional tunes. It was an Irish event and evening… and yours truly had no problem at all with tha –  it felt like home. We were fit to drop but marched on until midnight with Vienna once again being in our sights. The Highlander Hootenanny was a lovely Sunday afternoon with friends and musicians in a circle – old school and simple. Songs as they should be.

Platoo – Graz. Photo by Katrin Schmirler

The last gig was a wonderful way to wrap up an amazing week and where else but Platoo, in Graz at Die Scherbe. One of my favourite rooms to play and the crowd did not disappoint. I have played Platoo three times now and every concert is different and always leaves the best of souvenirs. Like all the venues we played in fact – From the early shows on the 11th at Molly Darcy’s (another big night), the staff, the people, the venues where great (wundersuper!) and as musicians we couldn’t do what we do without your support, the love and all the inclusion you provide for original music. You take us into your rooms and your memories… Here’s hoping we can for those few moments, create some lasting magic and sure who knows…leave some roots of our own. Thanks a million and see you all next year. Ar mbuíochas faoin gach rud. Tabhair aire – Shane x

To read the beautiful blog from from Platoo by Katrin Schmirler – Click here

Thanks a million to the Sad Opera Entertainment crew, management, Fair Play Concerts and Fusion bags for all your support. It goes a long long way!

Click here to view dates for the Spring Flowers German Tour 2017

platoo montag

shane ó fearghail – die scherbe graz –
photos & text: katrin schmirler

aus irgendeinem grund hatte ich es noch nie zu einem „platoo montag“ in die scherbe geschafft – bis jetzt! zum 175. platoo montag gab es eine show vom irischen singer/songwriter shane ó fearghail. vor seinem auftritt erzählte er mir, dass er wegen seiner freundin nach österreich gezogen ist. vielen dank an die liebe, dass es nun einen weiteren großartigen musiker in österreich gibt! ihr hat er es auch zu verdanken, dass er ein paar wörter und sätze auf deutsch sagen kann und damit ab dem ersten moment eine verbindung zu seinem grazer publikum aufgebauthatte.mehr dazu gleich.

im untergeschoss der scherbe hatte man bänke aufgestellt. eng aneinander saß man, nippte an seinem getränk und wartete gespannt auf den musiker. wirklich toll fand ich, dass die bühne nicht erhöht war und man noch näher am geschehen war. unverputzte ziegelsteine zierten die wände und gaben der location, neben den aufgestellten lampen, eine wunderbare warme atmosphäre und das gewisse etwas.

als shane auf die bühne kam und die gäste des abends begrüßte, merkte man sofort wie sehr er sich freute, hier spielen zu dürfen. er profilierte sofort mit seinen deutschkenntnissen und kam mit seiner fröhlichen und lustigenart total gut an. schon vor dem ersten song war das eis gebrochen und es fühlte sich an als verbringe man einen abend unter freunden. ab der ersten sekunde herrschte eine tolle stimmung und seine verbindung zum publikum passte einfach vollkommen. einem schönen abend mit großartiger musik stand also nichts im weg und ich freute mich auf das was wir nun zu hören bekamen.

als er zu singen begann, war ich wirklich positiv überrascht. ich kannte die aufnahmen die es auf youtube zu finden gab und fand sie wirklich schon total gut, aber live klangen sie einfach noch viel klarer, schöner und größer. mit seiner fabelhaften stimme holte er uns ab und ging mit uns auf eine musikalische reise. immer wieder schlossen sich meine augen von selbst und ich vergaß alles um mich herum. es sollte sich wirklich UNBEDINGT jeder selbst hier,hier und hier ein bild davon machen oder noch besser: hört euch gleich das ganze album an!

„wundersuper“ (sein lieblingswort an diesem abend) fand ich auch, dass er bei beachtlich vielen liedern sein publikum miteinbezogen hatte. man übte zu beginn eines neuen songs immer den refrain, um ihn dann selbstständigmitsingen zu können. eine wirklich schöne idee! als jeder mitsang, hatte es etwas magisches und klang wirklich unfassbar gut. die refrains in seinen liedern sind manchmal unendlich lange und wiederholen sich sehr oft, trotzdem war ich immer etwas traurig, wenn wieder einer zu ende ging. ich  bemerkte sogar, dass ich dauernd voller vorfreudewieder auf den nächsten refrain und das gemeinsame singen wartete. neben dem singen forderte er uns auch dazu auf, zu klatschen und zu schnipsen. diese kleinen aufforderungen gaben dem abend einen besonderen flair und es herrschte eine tolle, ungezwungene atmosphäre. neben den „menschlichen instrumenten“, hatte er aber auch ein paar kleinere mit dabei und sparte nicht damit, sie zu verwendete. das brachte viel musikalische abwechslung und so schaffte er es, keinen song langweilig werden zu lassen. well done! 🙂

shane erzählt mit seiner musik wunderbare geschichten und durch seinen irischen akzent fühlte es sich für mich so an, als wären wir gerade alle auf einem gemeinsamen roadtrip durch irland. als fuhren wir mit einem alten vw bus und offenen fenstern, zu den cliffs of moher.. passend dazu der „fahrtwind“, denn das war neben „stoßlüften“ ein deutsches wort, dass es ihm besonders angetan hatte. immer wieder sagte er leise, fast flüsternd „stoßluften“ in sein mikrophon und brachte sein publikum zum schmunzeln. ich habe selten erlebt, dass ich so begeistert von einem konzert war, aber shane hat es geschafft. seine lieder klingen alle so fröhlich und jeder akkord auf der gitarre fügt sich perfekt zu den texten. bei „elastic“ und „read between the lines“ lernte er uns den text und wir durften den refrain mitsingen. sie sind solche ohrwürmer, dass sie auch noch stunden später in meinem kopf sind und mich dazu verleitet sie laut (und vorallem falsch haha) zu singen.

ich war wirklich schon lange nicht mehr so geflasht von einem album und einer show. vielen, vielen dank für diesen tollen abend an shane und platoo!

Den Blog von Katrin Schmirler – WIR HEBEN AB (KONZERTREVIEWS | NEW SOUNDS)

Faerie Tree – English

Sad Opera Entertainment and Shane Ó Fearghail Announce the Launch of the New Video for Faerie Tree from They Might See Dolphins


[Vienna, Austria] – Sad Opera Entertainment and Irish singer-songwriter Shane Ó Fearghail are thrilled to announce the launch of the new video for Faerie Tree from the album They Might See Dolphins, which is available on all platforms.

Faerie Tree (, inspired by a weekend on the Hill of Tara in Co Meath, is a song about an ancient Irish Romance tale between Niamh and Oisín and their meeting.

In this indie ballad, Shane perfectly blends his characteristic vocal style and acoustic guitar sound in a delicate mix of lyrics in English and Irish.

“One minute you’re hearing the heartfelt warblings of the singer songwriter”, writes DJ Sinister Pete from Phantom FM “next they’re rocking it out with the best of them and that’s what makes this Dubliner stand out”.

Shane Ó Fearghail ( is an Irish Singer-songwriter from Dublin, now based in Vienna. His musical style fits neatly into the Irish Indie Folk box. Likened to REM, Crowded House, Rufus Wainright III and Ron Sexsmith, it is easy to see where his songwriting loyalties lie. Irish music however, is his first love.

With connection across Ireland, Austria, Germany, UK, and the US Sad Opera Entertainment promotes emerging artists on a track by track basis for media opportunities on TV, Movies, Commercials, Video Games.

Faerie Tree – English PDF

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Faerie Tree – Deutsch

Sad Opera Entertaiment und Shane Ó Feargail verkünden die Neuerscheinung des Musikvideos „Faerie Tree“ von „They Might see Dolphins“

Zur sofortigen Veröffentlichung

[Wien, Österreich]- Sad Opera Entertainment und der irische Singer-Songwriter Shane Ó Fearghail freuen sich sehr, das brandneue Video für den Song „Faerie Tree“ von Shane’s Album „They might see Dophins“ vorstellen zu können. Das Album ist auf allen Plattformen verfügbar.

„ Faerie Tree“ ( entstand während eines Wochenendes auf dem historischen, sagenumwobenen Hill of Tara im irischen County Meath. Das Lied beschreibt die uralte irische Legende von Niamh und Oisin, deren Begegnung und ihre Liebesgeschichte.

In der Indie-Ballade gelingt es Shane die perfekte Mischung aus einer charakteristischen Stimme, akustischen Gitarrenklängen und den teils englischen, teils irischen Texten herzustellen.

DJ Sinister Pete von Phantom FM beschreibt es folgendermaßen: „Im ersten Moment hörst du die sanften Töne des Sängers und im nächsten Moment rocken sie los wie die absoluten Profis und das ist es was diesen Dubliner so herausragend macht“.

Shane Ó Fearghail ( ist ein irischer Singer-Songwriter aus Dublin, der nun in Wien lebt. Sein Musikstil passt genau in die Irish Indie Folk Ecke. Es ist nicht schwer zu erkennen, in welche Richtung seine Musik tendiert. Der Stil ist vergleichbar mit dem von REM, Crowded House, Rufus Wainright III und Ron Sexsmith. Seine große Leidenschaft jedoch gehört der irischen Musik.

Mit Kontakten nach Irland, Österreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien und den Vereinigten Staaten vertritt die Firma Sad Opera Entertainment aufstrebende Künstler und deren Musik zur Verwendung in Film, Fernsehen, Werbung und Videospielen.

Faerie Tree – Deutsch – Zu drucken

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What Do St. Patrick and a Tree Have in Common?

Well we are half way through March and YES, Spring has arrived! Not that I don’t like February and what it brought but Spring is something else. There is something in the air. Longer days, daylight until late in the evening and the Spring Equinox. People slowly coming out of their hibernation. Trees blossoming again. One tree in particular, the Faerie Tree, it tells the story of Niamh and Oísin. They planned to meet beneath the magical Faerie Tree. It’s an ancient Irish romance tale.

To read the story click this link – Niamh agus Oisín 

If you’ve been listening to the new album you’ll know that Faerie Tree is also the name of a song from They Might See Dolphins. The wee news is that I will give it a proper video launch, with my mind to my German and Austrian friends, on St Patrick’s Day. Stay tuned and watch this space (and my Youtube channel in particular). There are already some video teasers available. The full video will be made public on St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s going to be a very busy week. That said – A good week to be Irish ;). That and a big rugby game on the 18th but that’s another story :D.  Come along if you’re around. You can see the list of all the gigs on the left sidebar. And this is the poster created for the occasion:

I hope to see you at one of the gigs for the St. Patrick’s celebrations (there is also more to come for April!). For now, slán leat!