SHANE Ó Fearghail &


band project


Latest Releases

You To Hold

by Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host | Lesssons in Light

live music

Festivals and Concerts

Watch this space for all concerts and festivals.


Here’s where you’ll find up-to-date information on all the live shows and events. Be they Shane playing solo or with the full band.


We are booking now for 2024. Watch this space for this year, next year and beyond.



Lessons in Light – the new album is out now.








About the Host


so what’s in a name.

As a name, “The Host” came from the old Irish Gaelic traditions.  Also recognised in Sottish and Manx Gaelic traditions, “The Host” in lore, were in fact the Faerie Host or Sluagh Sidhe. They were the “Hidden Folk” and the “Host of Souls”;  or Aes Sídh as we know them in Ireland. The Aes Sídh were the people of the mounds and playful spirits of the air. Some even say, fallen angels.

Closer to these realms, “The Host” (the band), come in many shapes and lineups. All human, they are an eclectic group of Austrian and Irish musicians. Namely, Claudia Heidegger (Fiddle, Mandolin), Emily Velasquez (Bass), Johnny Voltaire (Banjo, Guitar), David Butschek (Percussion), and Kenneth Whelan (Accordion, Piano, Sax), and Wolfie (Bass, Mandolin, Guitar). All incredible players and singers, together they make up Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host – an exciting contemporary Irish / Appalachian combo, “Celtic Soul” with an alternative “Dark Folk” roots feel. 

The New Album

Recorded between Passau and Vienna, the new album (CD edition) contains fourteen songs, and takes Shane and The Host on a trip down the Appalachian trail.

Together they bring a live feel to this record.  Delving deeper into the Irish Appalachian tradition, Shane and crew set out to explore the unique musical relationship between Ireland, Europe and North America. A relationship forged through culture and chaos, community and tradition.  

Up-tempo, crowd engaging and full of Celtic Soul – Shane & The Host are a must-see live band.

“Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host are one of those bands that grabs you from the first minute and won’t let go. A wonderful live band!” Harald Neger ~ Donauinselfest / We Serve You Better.

For further reading on The Faerie Host. 

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