After the huge success of their first year as a new band playing to a packed house in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon, the Sheerin Family Country Band have decided to continue with a regular gig once a month.
This month on Monday, January 28th there is a very special treat in store for fans of country music. The Sheerin Family will be joined on stage by country music star Joni Harms, USA.
Joni Harms is no stranger to success. She has been a winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honour for Entertainer of the Year in 2010.
In 2011, Harms was named Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association. Harms continues building audiences through appearances on the famed Grand Ole Opry and even an appearance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
“Growing up, I learned to sing and write songs by listening to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and George Strait,” says Harms. “I remember seeing Emmylou Harris, and, after playing a while with the famous Hot Band, she returned to the stage with just her black Gibson guitar and proved that you don’t need all the electronic equipment to entertain your audience.”
Harms lives on a ranch in Oregon with her family that was homesteaded by her great, great grandfather in 1872, this has been an inspiration for many of her songs.
Joni says, “I always want the songs I sing to be a good representation of who I am.”
The Sheerin Family band consists of 7 family members out of 11. The family members include: Paul on Steel Guitar, Dessie on Bass, Danny on Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Kieran on Piano, Tom on Fiddle, Simon on Drums & Carmel on Vocals and Acoustic Guitar. Their unique sound and crisp harmonies will leave the hairs standing on the back of your neck.
A great night is in store on the 28th and you never know who you might spot someone in the crowd from the Irish entertainment world.
The show starts at 10pm and admission is free.