Sheila is a vocalist/soloist, arranger, and percussionist. She performs with the bodhran, the traditional Irish drum. She has played with a number of Celtic bands in the Western New York area including Iad Fein. She is now affiliated with the SheilaMark Duo and Band.
Sheila is now living in beautiful Pennsylvania. She is now working with Mark Hamza, an exceptional musician, on a new project called "SheilaMark". We are starting a new group together that plays Blues, Jazz, Classic rock pieces and standards from all ages. This is an exciting collaberation and I am looking forward to see what we can become. Mark is an accomplished musician with many accomplishments including working with the group the Happenings. He also plays with Clarence Spady at Terra Blues in New York City and with Howard Parker and the Hot Takeout Band. He has a wonderful Blues band called Mark Hamza and the Great Swamp Blues Band. Mark has shared the bill with such greats as Jonny Coates, Phil Woods and Al Cohn.
As a performer, Sheila has shared the bill with touring artists such as Brendan Nolan, Beth Patterson, Andy M. Stewart, Gerry O'Bierne and others. Sheila has performed at Buffalo's premiere Irish music venue, The Shannon Pub, and also appears regularly in Rochester, Batavia, and other towns in Western New York. She also performs at Gene McCarthy's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Buffalo's Old First Ward and at Ulrich's Tavern in Buffalo, NY on a regular basis. During festival season there were performances at the Dayton Celtic Festival and the Amherst Scottish Festival. She also appears at the Fort Erie Celtic Festival, Fergus Scottish Festival, Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games, and the Rochester Irish Festival.
There have been many performances at festivals. Fort Erie Celtic Festival, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games in Olcott, NY, The Amherst Scottish Festival, The Rochester Irish Festival, The Buffalo Riverfest, and the Dayton Celtic Festival in Dayton, OH. What a great year for festivals. And now I am scheduled for many of them, more on that in the future.
Notably, the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival in Olcott, NY on September 16 & 17 2006 was one of the best festivals of the year. It was its 6th year and it really kicked butt with attendence and the entertainment that was provided at the event was outstanding. The sound production by Lakeside Sound (Tom Keefer) was the best for any event in which I have performed in this year. I was asked to be a spokeperson for the festival and entertained on local cable tv; one of my signature songs, Siuil A Ruin. A song that is both in Irish and English about a lost love.
Sheila has published a CD called "Celtic Song and Story". This CD was released on December 01, 2005. Sheila has now completed a new CD of her own called "Celtic Lady of the Lake".
My new CD, Celtic Lady of the Lake is published. Tom Keefer, Lakeside Sound, produced this CD from his new studio. My fellow band mates, Norm Bock, Tom Keefer, and Norm's daughter Natalie have been recording with me of late. One of the songs that will be featured is: Ride On, this song was composed by Jimmy McCarthy from Ireland and is a very haunting tune. Other songs include The Fisherman Song by Andy M. Stewart and the last song of any performance, The Parting Glass.
Reviews for “Siuil La Ruin”
Preserving The heritage
Doing a "classic" amongst the traditionals is daring. I've heard this song being done live by Clannad, Kylian and others.
Still, I did like the performance. The vocals are quite okay, as are the interventions of the backing vocals. I did like the fact that this is a piece of “honest” recording, as good as no handling of the sound except from some EQ-ing perhaps.
You asked for comments on the lyrics: as I already said this is a traditional, people like you do preserve the heritage.
http://www.garageband.com/user/BranRuz - garageband.com
Best Female Vocals in Folk, week of 13Jun2005
garageband.com - garageband.com (Jun 14, 2005)
From guestbook of:
Celtic Moon Productions:
February 27, 2007
Sheila - looking forward to both hearing you and seeing you LIVE. And hoping that we will be able to work together on both sides of the border. Take care my friend.
Cheers as always.
© 2007 Celtic Moon Productions
Press Release from Sheilastrattonpeel.com:
I am proud to say that Celtic Lady of the Lake, my new CD is now
finished. Tom Keefer, Norm Bock and Natalie and David St. Onge along
with myself have compiled a wonderful selection of musical works that
you will really like. Thanks again to Tom Keefer for his musical
expertise and David St. Onge, the wizard of mastering. Special
thanks to Norm Bock for his great guitar playing and solo work on the
project along with Natalie his daughter for her fiddle renditions of
these great songs.
The artwork for the cover is painted by my friend Mary McAndrew. We
colaborated on the cover for the Celtic Lady of the Lake. Copies and
the original artwork are available on Mary's website.
© 2007 Celtic Moon Productions
Please contact Sheila Stratton-Peel at 570-369-5350