The music of Stockton's Wing
has evolved into an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary
Irish music and song performed with power and precision by some
of the finest musicians in Ireland.
In 1977 in Ennis Co. Clare All Ireland Champions Paul Roche
, Maurice Lennon , Kieran Hanrahan and Tommy Hayes formed Stockton's
Wing with Tony Callanan. Following their triumph at a major
Guinness sponsored talent competition in Limerick they secured
a recording contract with Tara Records and released their debut
album '' Stockton's Wing''.
In 1979 singer / songwriter Mike Hanrahan replaced Tony Callanan
and in the spring of 1980 they released their second album ''Take
a Chance''. The Album featured some original music and also
marked the arrival of a progressive force into the world of
Irish Music. Following the success of the album they toured
extensively creating a storm of enthusiasm at major Folk Festivals
In 1982 the band released their third album ''Light In The Western
Sky''. A highly polished album which represented a
significant shift in their musical direction, focusing more
on the bands creative original material. The album featured
two hit singles ''Beautiful Affair'' and ''Walk Away''. Since
then the band have toured extensively throughout the world bringing
their exciting sound to America, Canada and Australia.
In the summer of 1988 they shared the stage with Michael Jackson
in Cork. The following year they made a guest appearance in
Dublin with the late great Sammy Davis Jnr. as part of his world
tour with Frank Sinatra, and Liza Minnelli. In 1989 they went
on location to take part in the Noel Pearson / Jim Sheridan
film production of the John B. Keane play ''The Field'' which
featured John Hurt and Oscar nominee Richard Harris.
This album is a compilation of twenty of the band's best tracks
from the 'Stockton's Wing', 'Take A Chance' and 'Light in the
Western Sky' albums.