Shane Ó Fearghail & The Host


The Host are an eclectic group of musicians from Ireland, Austria and England respectively. All multi-intrumentalists in their own right, together they bring a beautiful element to the old and new original songs. Claudia Heidegger comes from the valleys of the Tirol and you’d know it. There is a mountain feel to her fiddle music. A singer-songwriter herself, Claudia and Shane have traversed Europe together. David Butschek hails from Vienna. He brings the beat and a lot more besides. Hip Hop and Ukulele is his forte. Emily Velasquez is an Upper Austrian with Columbian connections. Double bass is her baby but there are many more surprises. On keys and Accordion Mark Peter Royce is a sea farer from the isle of Mersea on England’s east coast. With a style that is folk all the way, Sea Shanty’s and Sean Nós meld, melt and marry magnificently between the islanders and inlanders.  Irish, Appalacian, Roots and sometimes Rockabilly rattle across the rooms they play. You might even hear some punk wrapped around ballads in English, Irish and sometimes German. As The Host broaden their horizons more languages and stories will follow. But sure that’s folk all the same.

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