From the beginning of our organization on we celebrated our St. Patrick’s Nigh. This year we have the opportunity for the first time to celebrate that event on 17th March, the traditional date of the Irish St. Patricks Day. Our Line-up is like the line-up of a small festival: with Irish folk music, fresh drafted Guinness and Kilkenny, a whiskybar and Irish food, prepared by our professionell blacksheep cooking team.
We are proud to present this year for the first time an Irish Dance Group from Munich, Tír na nÓg. Paul Daly is one of the famoust Irish musicians (and by the way pubowners) who lives in Germany. The musicians of The Munich String Band are his friends. Hope you join us at our ST. Patrick’s Night. See you in Bad Wimpfen!
The Paul Daly Band
- Paul Daly (Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandola, Banjo)
- Paul Wyett (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)
- Phil Newton (Vocals, Bass Guitar)
- Bernie Bigler (Flute, Whistle, Saxophone).
The Munich String Band
- Paul Solecki (Bass, Mandolin, Vocal)
- Philip Bradatsch (Banjo, Guitar, Vocal)
- Philipp Schöppe (Mandolin, Vocal)
- Rico Waldmann (Guitar, Vocal)
- Gabe McCaslin (Fiddle, Vocal)
Tír na nÓg (Irish Dance)
Tír na nÓg, with locations in Munich and Kaiserslautern and over 250 pupils, is currently one of the largest Irish Dance schools in Germany. The school was founded 20 years ago by Mary Sweeney and from its humble beginnings in an Irish pub with less than 20 members it has since grown from strength to strength as one of Europe’s most active and successful Irish Dance schools. Tir na nóg houses the Sweeney-McAvinchey competitive school which prepares students not only in Germany, but also in Poland for competitions worldwide and teachers’ exams. Some former pupils have gone on to perform on stages worldwide in touring productions. Director Shane McAvinchy (above) began dancing at the age of six and under the instruction of Anne Callanan he had much competitive success, most notably ranking 4th in the world. At the young age of 16 he started his professional dance career with Riverdance. During his years with the show he traveled across North & South America, Europe, Asia and Australia performing on stages and television stations across the globe. Since leaving Riverdance Shane has gone on to have principle roles in many productions such as ‘The High Kings’, ‘Dancing Thru the Ages’ and ‘Ragus’ and is the featured dancer with the ‘Niamh Ní Charra Band’. In 2009 he had the honor of the invitation to accompany Irish President Mary MacAleese on a state visit to Luxembourg where he performed for royalty and dignitaries representing Irish culture.
Shane resides between Ireland and Munich, Germany where he co-directs the Tir na nOg Irish dance School which has locations in Germany and Poland. His students are among the first Mainland Europeans to compete and medal at World championships and have over 30 European Championship titles between them. He travels regularly to conduct workshops and to date has has taught 1000′s of dancers around the world in countries such as Germany, Poland, USA, France, Spain, Austria, Serbia, Israel, Czech Republic, Russia, Kuwait, Argentina & Ireland.