The beauty of Ceol FM is that there are sure to be plenty of musicians and groups that you have not yet heard of before. We hope Stockton’s wing isn’t one of those groups!

Stockton’s Wing are an exciting group brimming with energy and life that helped redefine the sound of Irish Traditional music when they started in the 70’s.

The group was formed back in 1977 by four All Ireland Champion musicians, Maurice Lennon – featured yesterday on fiddle, Paul Roche on flute and whistle, Tommy Hayes on bodhran and Kieran Hanrahan on banjo and mandolin. Kieran presents RTÉ’s Ceili House. They were joined by Tony Callinan on guitar and vocals. The group who were formed in Ennis in county Clare took its name from a line in a Bruce Springsteen song Backstreets. They recorded their first album in 1978 and in 1985 they released their first live album Stockton’s Wing Take One which was recorded in Dublin and Galway. Stockton’s Wing have several titles under their belt and this year they are celebrating 40 years of music. They performed at Fleadh Cheoil this year in Ennis and they are celebrating 40 years with a series of summer shows.

With six hit releases to their name, Stockton’s wing have been sharing stages with other incredible musicians and groups such as Michael Jackson at his concerts in Cork in 1988 and in 1989 they made a guest appearance on stage with Sammy Davis Junior on his tour with Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli in Dublin. They also featured in the film production of John B Kean’s The Field.

Irish Music Magazine has described the group as being eclectic and energetic. They also describe them as the definitive voice of traditional music.

To learn more about Stockton’s Wing you can visit their website.

Stockton’s Wing music is available on iTunes and Google Play Store.

Listen to a set of tunes called Skidoo to hear why some said that Stockton’s Wing were ahead of their time.

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