Following the huge success of their recent reunion
concert in Ennis, Co Clare, Stockton's Wing have now confirmed a
second concert in Dublin's Vicar Street. The Concert which takes
place on May 15th will again feature the lineup from their 'Light
In The Western Sky' period, with Kieran Hanrahan on banjo &
mandolin, Paul Roche on flute & whistles, Maurice Lennon on
fiddle & viola, Tommy Hayes on percussion and Mike Hanrahan
on vocals and guitar.
Tickets are available from the Usual Outlets
and online from Ticketmaster
NOVEMBER 2003 Reunion gig
"what an extraordinary, amazing, mind-blowing
concert the Wing delivered last night. I'm still spinning from it.
It was TRIUMPHANT!..no other word for it....such an incredible turn-out....and
the music and the vibe (Ronnie too...who was pure magic as usual)
made it a NIGHT TO REMEMBER!!! It rates as one of the top gigs of
the decade for me..."
"A palpable drone of expectation gathered around Ennis'
West County Hotel's function room prior to the appearance of Stockton's
Wing for a once-off benefit concert in aid of Down Syndrome Awareness,
and in particular the plight of 4 year old Orla Platten who suffers
from atlanto-axial subluxation. Twenty years had passed since this
assemblage of Kieran Hanrahan, Tommy Hayes, Paul Roche, Maurice
Lennon and Mike Hanrahan played on stage together and now 1400 fans
eagerly awaited the sound of fiery traditional music, the hallmark
of a group who blazed a trail around the world in the late seventies
and right throughout the eighties.
Though varying ensembles have traded under the moniker in the
interim, this was the Stockton's Wing line-up that many saw as being
the most creative and distinctive in the band's long career. The
large audience shoe-horned into the venue were not disappointed.
A more passionate and powerful gig has not been witnessed in the
Clare town in recent times. Given the fact that little Orla is the
niece of the Hanrahan siblings, and Ennis was the birthplace of
the "Wing" back in 1977, it was clear that
the regrouped quintet were always going to be faced with a partisan
welcome. Yet the boys did not rest on their laurels and produced
a balanced set of instrumental virtuosity interspersed with plaintiff
and melodic vocals.
"Light in the Western Sky" probably the group's finest
album provided a satisfying source for some of the finer moments
of this excellent concert. Instrumentals like "The Belltable"
and "The Golden Stud" showcased their highly innovative
approach to arranging and presenting traditional tunes, while songs
like "Walk Away" and "Beautiful Affair" reaffirmed
the reason why Stockton's Wing crossed over successfully into a
more pop/folk market at the time.
The addition of "Dervish" members Tom Morrow on fiddle
and Shane Mitchell on accordion for two sets of tunes, added to
the frantic nature of the gig, but it was Ronnie Drew's collaboration
that drew the bulk of approval from the ecstatic attendance. Earlier
in the night the Dubliner had performed a potent set to a capricious
and vacillating congregation, but on this occasion in the company
of the home-town heroes, the hirsuted legend delivering "Now
I'm Easy" and Mike Hanrahan's "We Had It All", had
the large crowd spell-bound.
Other highlights included percussionist Tommy Hayes' spoon playing,
while Paul Roche paid special tribute to the late Micho Russell
with a fantastic rendition of "The Boy in the Gap" on
the whistle. Good-natured fun, coupled with intense and passionate
playing elevated this gig to that of epic proportions. The meritorious
cause benefited immensely from the band's laudable and dynamic musical
efforts, and the uproarious audience reaction added to the incredible
As a footnote, the fiddle playing of thirteen year old Tara
Breen who opened the show, emphasised the fact that the conveyor-belt
of traditional talent that exhibits prodigious Clare musicians,
is as productive as ever: definitely one for the future."
Gerry Quinn - Irish Examiner Tue Dec 2nd 2003.