Irish Radio Show Fundraiser: Big Success
It was standing-room only at the Shanachie Pub in Ambler on Sunday afternoon, as act after act took the stage to perform in the second Shanachie fundraiser to benefit the Sunday Irish Radio Shows on WTMR-800 AM.
After the music had stilled and all the donated prizes had been won or auctioned off, Marianne MacDonald, host of the “Come West Along the Road” show, estimated that the benefit had raised more than $3,000. It’s not the $35,000 the shows—including the Vince Gallagher Hour—need to stay on the air, but it goes into the pot that grew over the past six weeks with on-air and other fundraisers.
MacDonald, who organized the benefit with the help of many hands, had an all-star lineup on stage, including the John Bryne Band, Timlin and Kane, The King Brothers, Fintan Malone and Tom McHugh, with special guest from New York, singer Donie Carroll, a Cork man whose latest album includes musical assistance from leading lights such as Gabriel Donohue, Joanie Madden (of Cherish the Ladies”), singer Jimmy Crowley and Marian Makins of Philadelphia. Carroll was accompanied on stage by Dublin fiddler Paraic Keane, who now lives in Philadelphia and plays with Paul Moore and Friends.
As usual, Shanachie co-owner Gerry Timlin, when he wasn’t singing, was performing the role of emcee and auctioneer.
We were there and, as usual, took pictures for those of you who weren’t. View the photo essay.