159% Funded


Target: €5500


€8,757 Raised


168 Funders

Shane Hennessy - The Second Album

By Shane Hennessy


Hello and welcome!

On my first album, Zephyrus, I presented nine tracks that I felt captured a wide range of styles of solo acoustic guitar playing, drawing on influences from Traditional Irish, Jazz, and Soul music, as well as traditional Travis-picking guitar playing. Since then, I have explored Classical and Bluegrass Music, as well as developed an interest in Ethnic Fusion music.

My aim is to create an album of 'Visual Music' - music that brings the listener on a journey to a particular place or time. I also want to redefine the boundaries of what can be done on the acoustic guitar both technically and in terms of personal and artistic expression.

I intend to film the recording process and to produce high quality videos for this album, as I believe that this hugely enhances the listening experience, and invites the listener inside both the creative process and performance of the music.

Overall, I'm hoping to create a suite of music which develops the work of Zephyrus, and captures the journey I have been on, developing the complexities of the acoustic guitar.

I will record the music with the fantastic Mal O'Brien. Mal helped me to produce my début album 'Zephyrus' and I feel that we achieved our goals on that recording. I am glad to work with someone who understands the music, as well its goal, as well as I do. His expertise in the recording process is invaluable and together I know we can produce a top-quality album at the standard we both demand!

Alongside my own personal investments in this album, I am seeking your support to ensure that this album is of the highest quality. For this to be the case, I need to extend my funding resources. Your help in this project will ensure that the experience the music warrants is achieved!

If I am successful, all the money will go towards:

- Studio Time
- Mixing
- Mastering
- Promotional Material
- CD Printing
- Filming
- Video Editing
- Graphic Design
- Launch Costs
- Tablature Costs

The only potential challenge I see in producing this album is my penchant for perfectionism - a double edged sword! This will require lots of time and hard work, but I am totally committed to producing an album to the best of my ability as an artist.

Thank you in advance for reading about my project and for your support! I never take my followers for granted and I would not be where I am today without their unwaivering support. I look forward to bringing you along on the next step of my journey!



New album "Rain Dance" - I need your help!

Hello FundIt friends!


Shane here. I hope you're all keeping safe and well in these difficult times. I haven't spent this much time at home in the last four years, and while I'm enjoying the time to practise and to compose, it's difficult knowing that many of my scheduled concerts and festival appearances this year are now postponed or cancelled.


On a much more positive note, my third studio album "Rain Dance" is being officially launched on Tuesday at 9pm! I can't believe it has been two and a half years since 'Marrakech' and the amazingly successful campaign that you all made possible!

I wanted to let you in on a secret that I am not publishing online: the album is available right now on shanehennessy.ie! You can choose either a physical CD option, or a digital download to get the files immediately. I am very excited for you all to hear the music I have been working on, and I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think!


I am very grateful to Culture Ireland for including my album launch livestream concert as part of their #IrelandPerforms series. I will be going live on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, VK, and Instagram on Tuesday at 9pm Irish time (that's 1pm PST, 4pm EST, 10pm CET, 11pm MSK, and 6am AEST the following day).

The Facebook livestream will be at this link, and the YouTube livestream will be at this link


I would like your help in making the livestream as big a success as possible! On Tuesday, I would greatly appreciate it if you could

1) Share the YouTube and/or Facebook livestream on your own social media channels

2) Leave a comment letting me know where you are listening from, so that it reaches more people!

Then, you can enjoy the free concert!


This is a difficult time for everyone - especially those of us who work in the performing arts and entertainment industry - and so your support in times like this is particularly touching. I am hugely grateful to all the people who are essential workers who are putting their lives at risk so that we can defeat COVID-19.


If you are a frontline worker in the medical field, I would like to give you the gift of my new album as my way of saying "thank you". Send me an email at shane@shanehennessy.ie, and I'll figure out how to get your copy to you.


No-one is certain about what the future looks like, and it might be a while before we see each other in a concert setting again, but I am determined to work my hardest to keep bringing you music and to keep doing my part to brighten your day. I am working on a lot of new music and some cool new collaborative projects. Stay tuned for a lot of new music this year!


I wish you and yours all the very best, and I hope you'll be able to join me on Tuesday at 9pm Irish Time for the album launch livestream-concert! I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of the new tracks!


All the best,






Final concert of 2018 - Whelan's Nov 28th

Hello FundIt friends!

I can't believe what a busy year I've had up to this point, and it has been great to meet and get to know so many of you along the way since the campaign at my live performances. I hope you're all doing well!

My final solo concert of 2018 is going to be held in Whelan's on Wexford Street in Dublin City next Wednesday (November 28th), and I hope that you'll be able to make it. I will be filming this gig as a promo for my upcoming tours in North America and Russia, so I'm encouraging everyone and anyone to come along and to bring as many friends as you can.

Opening the show is the wonderful singer/songwriter SÍOMHA, who many of you will know from her recent string of successful shows with Paul Brady and with The Olllam. Doors are at 8pm and we plan to kick off at 8:30pm sharp.

Hope to see you there on the night for my final solo concert of 2018. Keep an eye out in the new year for info about my next studio album, which I hope to have out in May 2019.

All the best to you and yours,


Upcoming Tour Dates in Ireland

Hi friends,

Just wanted to let you know that I am doing a few shows around Ireland in the coming weeks and I would love to see you at one of the shows! The first three are double headliners with the world-renowned guitarist Clive Carroll from the UK, and the rest are solo performances:


Wednesday April 25th: Gorey (The Coach House)

Thursday April 26th: Dublin (DC Music Club)

Friday April 27th: Carlow (T Street Live)

Friday May 11th: Naas (The Town House Hotel)

Friday May 18th: Athlone (RiverRun) ***

Sunday June 3rd: Inishbofin (Inishbofin Festival)

Wednesday June 6th: Galway (The Black Gate Cultural Centre)


Click the town for tickets, or you can access ticket info on shanehennessy.ie/shows


*** This show in Athlone is actually gig on the River Run Cruiser that will go up and down the River Shannon! We will board at 8pm, depart at 8:30pm, and return at 10:30pm. Full bar and food menu on board too. I can't wait for this one!!


Please also let any relatives or friends you have in New York know that I am performing in New York City, USA, for the first time in Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3) on July 5th at 8:30pm. I am also delighted to be performing at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville, Tennessee in July just a week after. I'm very excited for this trip!


I hope to see you at one or more of the shows, and please do let me know if you're coming!


All the best,






Carlow Concert: Sept 23rd

Hi everyone! Just a quick announcement for you all: my rescheduled Carlow gig is now happening on Saturday September 23rd in The Milford Room, Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Some of you are owed tickets to this gig after the original Carlow date was postponed earlier in the year. If you chose a ticket to the Carlow gig as part of your FundIt reward, I will be in touch with you shortly, and we'll have your name (with a +1) on the door on the night. Thanks to those of you who could make it to the launch in the National Concert Hall last month. We sold the place out, and the gig was great, so thank you all for making it a special night. This coming six weeks I'll be playing in France, at the Fleadh in Ennis, at the Rose of Tralee, at Electric Picnic, in DisneyWorld Florida, in Dublin Castle, in Carlow, in Amsterdam, in Cork, as well as other side-projects in between. If anyone has a contact in Costa or any other coffee company, please tell them I'd like to get a sponsorship deal!!! All the best to you and yours, Shane

Album is now available!

Hi all, Marrakech is now available online via my website shanehennessy.ie ! It feels great to look back at my FundIt campaign and to know that it went so well, and that the fruits of the campaign are now readily available! Your digital download should be in your email account this morning. If there is any issue with downloading the CD, please email me and I will send you a new link from which to download from! Physical CDs should arrive in Ireland and Northern Ireland today (how's that for good timing!), and they should arrive in every other part of the world in the coming week. Again if they have not arrived by Friday, let me know and I will look into where the CD is. Those of you in Ireland, I hope to see you in the National Concert Hall on July 20th, or at any of my other Irish tour dates, and those of you abroad I hope to see you before long! Keep an eye on my website shanehennessy.ie for all new tour dates! Thank you all again so much for being part of this campaign and making it such a success!! Shane

National Concert Hall on July 20th + My Plans from here

Hi everyone, Shane here, I've just received the list of funders and pledges from FundIt, and I am really shocked by how generous people have been to me during this campaign! A very sincere thank you to each and every one of you! I am going into the studio this coming Monday to begin recording the album. We're hoping to get the whole thing recorded within about two weeks, and then the mixing and mastering phases will begin. I am currently spending upwards of ten hours a day playing and refining the tunes I've written to ensure that we produce the album the way I hear it in my head! I will be in touch with you all very soon about claiming your rewards. Those of you who are due Skype lessons, the Zephyrus tab book, dedicated arrangements, and private concerts can claim them immediately. The album and album tab book will obviously be a little longer, I plan to have them both ready by June. The official album release date will be Sunday 25th June but I hope to get the album to you all in early June as a thank you for your support! :-) Here are two important dates for your diaries: - June 17th 2017: Album Pre-Launch Gig in The Milford Room, Carlow (where I will have the physical CD for sale and for delivery!) - July 20th 2017: Official Album Launch in The National Concert Hall, Dublin If you chose a reward worth €80 or above, you are entitled to two tickets to either concert, and I will be in touch about these tickets very soon :-) One important thing too - there were some pledges that did not go through due to cards being declined. If this has happened to you, and you'd like to get your pledge into me to claim your reward(s), please get in touch with me on shane@shanehennessy.ie and we'll get it sorted! So long story short: I will be in touch with you all as soon as I can to sort out what you're all due from this campaign, and thank you all so much!! Shane

From here on

Hi everyone, Shane here. So far this FundIt campaign has been unbelievably successful, and I can't put into words how thankful I am for the support that I have received. I am really blown away by the level of support that I didn’t know I had. I am working my hardest to make this new album as great as I can possibly make it! I am investing the surplus money into expanding my launch tour, and I am really excited to visit some great new venues for the first time. The album tour will happen in Ireland in June, July, and August. Thank you also to all the new supporters who found me thanks to my interview with Miriam O'Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One, as well as listeners who found me through Ronan Collins (RTÉ Radio One), Carl Corcoran of Blue of The Night (RTÉ Lyric FM), Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí (RTÉ RnaG) and Marty Whelan (RTÉ Lyric FM). My sincere thanks to you all at RTÉ for the support - it has made a massive difference to both my campaign and my following! There are still 24 days left to contribute to the campaign, so please share this with anyone you can, and remember that all the money raised goes into not only my new album, but also making the best possible launch tour that I can. The studio is booked for recording in April and I hope to get the album out to you all in June. I will be able to supply the tab books upon the release date of the album and I will be in touch individually about Skype lessons, private concerts, and more Thanks so much for reading, and I hope to have an update on the launch tour very soon! Shane

I am stunned

I cannot believe I am writing this after only FOUR DAYS: We did it!!! We have smashed through the target and it continues to skyrocket... Thank you to every single one of you who donated, it means so much to me to know that you believe in me and my music enough to support me! The campaign continues for a while longer, and if you are reading this and have not yet contributed, there is still time to get some great rewards!! Thank you all again so much - I can't wait to get this album out and into your ears!!! Shane

Wow! What a first day

Hey all! One day in and we've managed to get €1700 in pledges so far - amazing! I am really humbled by the response this has gotten and if it continues on its current trend we'll be on the home stretch before long! Just to let you know, I'll be on 'Sunday with Miriam O'Callaghan' on RTE Radio One this coming Sunday (19th Feb) at 10am sharp, I hope you'll be able to tune in! Will update again next week! Thanks! Shane

funders (168)

There are 161 public funders of this project

There are 7 anonymous funders of this project