The name Shane McAleer is as familiar in the world-wide Irish traditional music community as it is in his adopted city of Belfast. Originally from Omagh, Co Tyrone, he first came to national attention after winning the 1990 fiddle title at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo. In 1991, aged just 18, he joined then up-and-coming Sligo band, Dervish, with whom he recorded their award-winning first four albums, and performed at many of the world’s largest folk festivals, sharing stages with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady, The Dubliners and Sinead O’Connor.
His debut solo recording Long Time, No See which features Irish traditional tunes as well as a couple of self-compositions, has been recorded with and produced by long time friend, guitarist and fellow Omagh man, Eamon McElholm (Solas) and features Eamon Murray (Beoga) on bodhran and Ryan O’Donnell on bouzouki.
"A stunning release" Dan Nealy, Irish Echo