The Shams Eire formed in 2011, when Sean Daly (lead vocals; Donegal, Ireland) joined forces with talented Irish musicians Joey Kennedy (guitar; Kilkenny, Ireland). They were later joined by Kevin Otton (fiddle; U.S.A.), James Scragg (Piano and Drums; Cork, Ireland), and Tommy O'Mahony (electric and upright Bass, from Marin County, CA). The Shams play traditional Irish tunes with a rockin' new sound. A combination of old Irish ballads with a rock n roll twist, flavored with traditional ceili sounds from the fiddle. As well as the rocking electric music, the group also performs as an all acoustic band playing trad sets. The Sham's Eire are truly a band to watch in the San Francisco music scene.
The Shams Eire have played in San Francisco at venues from local Irish Pubs like Ireland's 32 and Maggie Magarry's to headlining yearly at the St. Patrick's Day Festival at the Irish Bank (the biggest Paddy's day celebration in San Francisco).
Is fearr rith maith ná drochsheasamh...
(He who runs away lives to fight another day...)
Ni neart go cur le cheile...
(There is no strength without unity)