GREENSHINE is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.
GREENSHINE is a Cork based family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. The band is known for striking family harmonies and excellent musicianship. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others. Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press.
Ellie Shine grew up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts and festivals since the age of 13 including an appearance with GREENSHINE for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at The Abbey Theatre. Despite her tender years, Ellie has featured on 4 recordings to date. She accompanies herself on the ukulele. In 2013 Ellie joined the band officially and GREENSHINE was born. The trio released their first album of the same name which counted Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon amongst its fans. The Summer of 2016 saw the release of the single and second album The Girl in the Lavender Dress to huge airplay and acclaim and copper fastened Ellie’s place as one of the most exciting young singers to Spring up in Ireland for many years. Her singing style is completely natural and unaffected by vocal trends which makes it timeless. In the Summer of 2016 Greenshine released their second album The Girl in the Lavender Dress from which they released a single of the same name. The single went on to be the most played track on RTE Radio 1 for a month of Summer and 3rd most played Irish track for the year. It reached No. 1 in the iTunes Ireland Singer Songwriter Charts and gathered amongst it’s legion of fans, Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith who said of the song:
“Wow. Stunning song. Beautiful melody and words,” while Fiachna Ó Braoináin of Hot House Flowers said:”One of my favourite songs of the year.” Aonghus McAnally national broadcaster said it was: “One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while”
Their next single SHADOWLAND continued the band’s upward trend with Jim Lockhart of Horslips commenting: ” It’s lovely – tasty horn and really nice writing and performance.” The song was playlisted on stations around the country and, again, received much airplay on RTE Radio 1 earning them an interview and live 2 song performance on RTE’s flagship arts show Arena.
It was immense encouragement from fans, too many to count, that made the trio decide to release CITY OF DREAMS from the album as a single. People are fascinated by the romantic story of Kurt Cobain discovering Irish roots and the story and song hold people enraptured when they hear it live. The storytelling element of Mary Greene’s songwriting is what seems to capture people’s imagination most – that and the melodic structure which can often be an element missing from a lot of modern writing and which makes Ron Sexsmith, Paul Simon, The Beatles and writers who employ those skills to perfection amongst the bands’ favourites.
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THE GIRL IN THE LAVENDER DRESS ~
In the Summer of 2016 Greenshine released a single and an album called The Girl in the Lavender Dress. Here’s what people said:
“Wow. Stunning song. Beautiful melody and words,” Ron Sexsmith
“I heard The Girl In The Lavender Dress on the radio the other day. Beautiful. I hope I’m on the list for a copy.” – Brian Mullen, BBC Radio Foyle
“One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while.” – Aonghus McAnally Radio Presenter/Producer RTE Radio 1
“The sound of the Summer,” Alf McCarthy Former RTE Radio 1 broadcaster.
“One of my favourite songs of the year,” Fiachna O Braoináin RTE Radio 1
“I was fortunate enough to turn on my radio early the other morning when Shay Byrne played this song, which has been haunting me in a gentle way ever since. It’s a beautiful piece written by Mary Greene and sung by her daughter Ellie, accompanied by her father Noel Shine. Together they go under the name Greenshine. If it gets enough airplay, I think it could be an international hit for them. Listen carefully to the lyric and the wonderful melodic chord structure that facilitates so accurately the telling of the colourful melodious story. It’s a great achievement and should be heard, especially by young people on the hazardous but amazing journey of life.” – Johnny Duhan, writer of The Voyage for Christy Moore.
***Listener Reviews for Greenshine***
This is a gorgeous album ~ the Sound of a Family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine.
I recommend this gorgeous cd. I loved it instantly and have been listening to it constantly. I love the choice of songs and most of all Mary and Noel’s own songs ~ really beautiful voices and effortless singing. Lovely and refreshing. Sharon Shannon
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/greenshine-are-finding-their-own-nirvana-with-latest-album-419827.html INTERVIEW WITH MARY RE KURT COBAIN SONG CONNECTION AND CD
The music of Greenshine has been covered by several Irish music artists and has been used commercially by Follain Preserves in their ad campaigns, Carrie Crowley in her film Waterway and as signature tunes by several national radio station programmes.