One of the cool things, but also one of the challenging things, about having a great web page is that you can keep folks up-to-date on what’s happening with your band. So we’ll try our best to keep you up to speed on what’s happening with us. We also want to use this section to spread the word on good things that friends of ours are up to.
The members of Sláinte get a great amount of satisfaction from helping out with many volunteer organizations. Being able to help those in need is rewarding enough for us, but many of the organizations provide us with a token of their appreciation, which while unnecessary, is appreciated.
On this page we intend to share some of those good news stories with you in the hope that you too might be able to provide some type of assistance to these worthy organizations yourself sometime in the future.
Slainte is currently preparing to do a studio recording. Further details on this exciting project will be shared on this page in the coming weeks.
St. Patrick’s Day Concert - Eastlink Event Centre (EEC), Clarenville - March 16th, 2017
For the folks in the Clarenville area – we’re not forgetting about you either! Slainte is delighted to let you know we will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Eastlink Event Centre (EEC) in Clarenville on Thursday, March 16th at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are just $20 and are now on sale at the EEC boxoffice and available by phone at 466-4105 ext. 222
'Raise a Glass' - Shamrock City, Clarenville - March 17th, 2017
For those wanting to ‘Raise a Glass’ to St. Patrick on the holy day itself, we’ll be at Shamrock City Pub in Clarenville from 7:00 to 11:00 on Friday, March 17th. Holy water will be in ample supply!
We’re back up the Southern Shore for Paddy’s Day! - March 18th, 2017
Sláinte is delighted to announce that we will once again be playing a St. Patrick’s Day concert in the Irish Heart of Newfoundland on Saturday night, March 18th at 8:00 P.M. It is a great honour for Sláinte to be invited back to the Regional Arts Centre in Ferryland for the 4th year in a row.
Opening the show for Slainte will be the very talented Katie Barbour. Katie, a Ferryland native, is a multi-instrumentalist and fantastic singer. It’s a treat for Slainte to share the stage with her. And speaking of treats – we understand there well may be another performance that night coming right from Ireland itself! Stay tuned for information on this feature.
Tickets are available from the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council Office at 1-888-332-2052 or 432-2052 to purchase by Visa. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Also tickets are sold locally at the Ferryland Foodland, Cape Broyle Ultramar, and Riverside Restaurant in Cape Broyle.
We’re back up the Southern Shore for Paddy’s Day! - March 12th, 2016
Sláinte is delighted to announce that we will once again be playing a St. Patrick’s Day concert in the Irish Heart of Newfoundland on Saturday night, March 12th at 8:00 P.M.
Opening the show for Slainte will be Sullivan and Slaney to provide a double dose of your favourite Irish tunes. It is a great honour for Sláinte to be invited back to the Regional Arts Centre in Ferryland for the 3rd year in a row.
Tickets are available from Southern Shore Folk Arts Council Office at 1-888-332-2052 or 432-2052 to purchase by Visa. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Also tickets are sold locally at the Ferryland Foodland, Cape Broyle Ultramar, and Riverside Restaurant in Cape Broyle.
Slainte to play at O’Reilly’s in St. John’s! - December 4th & 5th, 2015
We are delighted to announce that we have secured a date to return to St. John’s and give our family, friends and fans ‘out east’ an opportunity to come party with us once again! Brenda O’Reilly has patiently waited for us to find a date that would allow us to take the stage at ‘Canada’s Favourite Bar’, O’Reilly’s on George Street. We will grace that famous stage for the late set Friday and Saturday, December 4th & 5th. And to make it even better, Sean and Rob will be playing the early set for both nights! (That’s Sullivan & Slaney for those who may not know!). Brenda said she wanted to have a Southern Shore Weekend with the Sullivan Brothers. No harm to say we’re excited. Please God you’ll get a chance to come by and say hello. Tell all your family and friends. We expect lots of folks from up the Shore, out in Conception Bay, and those transplanted from Clarenville to be there. Let’s block ‘er to the rafters. We’ve been almost 12 months trying to find a date to match so you know this will be a rare appearance and to have Sean and Rob playing as well, sure you can’t lose!!! We have had so many people over the years ask us when are you going to play in St. John’s? Well, now you know, it’s December 4th and 5th. We’d really love to see you there!
Up the Shore for St. Paddy's Day! - March 14, 2015
For the second year in a row, Slainte has the great honor of being invited to be the main act on stage at the Regional Arts Centre in Ferryland for the annual St. Patrick's Day Concert for the Southern Shore Folks Arts Council! It is truly a humbling experience for us to be invited to play in the 'Irish Heart of Newfoundland', especially on St. Patrick's Day. We played there last year and it was such a great time, they've invited us back. Sean Sullivan and Rob Slaney will open the show at 8:00 PM.
Tickets are $20 in advance by calling 1-800-332-2052 or 432-2052. It will be $25 at the door so call ahead! Tickets are also available at Ferryland Foodland; Ferryland Convenience; Cape Broyle Ultramar, Riverside Restaurant in Cape Broyle; or at the Folk Arts Council office in Ferryland. Doors open at 7:00 PM Saturday, March 14, 2015.
The CD is here!! – August 2013
It’s finally here! Our brand new CD – Taste the Best of Life! After years of being asked about this and months and months of debating over how to go about doing it, planning the live recording and doing all the mixing, mastering and graphic designing we are delighted to let you know that our CD is now available and we’d love for you to have one. You can browse through the Liner Notes and the Lyrics of all the songs, and then, if you like what you see, you can click on the ‘CD Order’ page and order up your very own copy. It was a fun project to do and we hope you have fun listening to it.
Slainte CD Live Recording - February 1st, 2013
Sláinte was delighted to perform a live show at the Clarenville Event Center (CEC), Friday, February 1st, 2013 where we did a live recording for our debut CD.
For several years now, after each and every performance, fans have been asking us 'where can I get your CD?' Up to this point, the answer has been 'we don't have one yet'. Well, no more. After many discussions on the issue, we decided the only true way for us to be recorded was in a live venue with all of our friends, family and fans there with us to create that fun and entertaining atmosphere that is so important to our shows. That's where we are most comfortable, that's where we get our energy from, and that's how people have come to enjoy our music so much. We recorded some of our favorite traditional Irish and Newfoundland tunes along with several original compositions. Our selection of songs of course included 'Taste the Best of Life' (the Cheesies and Flakie Bun Song!), Measure of a Man, and several others. We hope you get a chance to hear the live CD in the near future!
CBC Interview – February 1st, 2013
Click here to listen to Denis's Interview with Leigh Anne Power about the live show.
Note: This inverview is in .swf format and may not be accessible on all devices.
Acoustic Christmas Concert – December 8th, 2011
On Thursday night, December 8, 2011 we had a sold out show at the CEC with our good friends Albedo, a local Bluegrass band. They opened the show with their great instrumental finesse and tight harmonies to the delight of the full audience at the CEC. We did the second half with our upbeat Irish stuff and as many quality Newfoundland Christmas tunes we could fit into an hour show. Again the comments from the audience were fantastic with many people commenting to us about our great stage show. I think it was mostly Bert’s ‘active’ hat, but we accept the compliments all the same. Thanks so much for coming out and supporting us folks. It truly does mean a lot to us.
Shamrock City – September 23rd, 2011
What a great night we had. Many thanks to Johnny Graham, D’Arcy, Annie and all the staff at Shamrock City. And a special thank you to all our family, friends and fans who said they would love to see us play in St. John’s. You came out in droves and we loved it – and we love you for it. What a crowd! They had to bar the door by 6:15 pm and there was a line up outside until we got off the stage at 8:30. By all accounts it was enjoyed by all. Rumours of flying Cheesies and Flakie buns have yet to be confirmed!
The music was grand but most people remarked about how much they enjoyed the ‘stage show’ which is a great compliment given we were so nervous about playing in such a distinguished establishment and in front of veteran Irish fans. Your reviews meant a lot to us. Another special thank you to Brian O’Connell from VOCM who liked it so much he invited us to join him on the Irish Newfoundland Show the next morning to learn more about the band. Carl and Bert did a fine job with him especially considering the early hour of the interview. Johnny said he would like to have us back but no date is set at the moment.
Rick Hansen – Man in Motion Tour – August 26th, 2011
We were very privileged to be asked to play in front of this great Canadian! And on his birthday no less! When the Many in Motion Tour stopped in Clarenville on Friday evening, August 26 we played on the steps of the Clarenville Events Center (CEC) as Rick and his ‘Difference Makers’ rode, strolled, and rolled into the CEC parking lot. It was an amazing event to be part of. It was especially wonderful to get to sing Happy Birthday to Rick with all the folks there and it was amazing afterward to watch him make time for every single person that wanted to speak with him, have him sign an autograph, or get their picture taken with him. All the while he had the biggest smile you could imagine even though it was the end of a very long day for him. What a lesson we should all take from him.
We were so delighted to get our picture taken with him. You may note that Carl had other commitments that evening but we tried to leave enough space to ‘Photoshop’ him in – but somehow or other we just take up a lot of room! Roll on Rick – and if you can find a way to support Rick’s many charitable causes I’m sure he would most appreciate it.
Entertaining the Cubans – June 2nd, 2010
On June 2 Sláinte was asked to provide some entertainment for a municipal delegation that was visiting Clarenville from Cuba. It was quite a treat to be asked to help welcome this delegation to our country, our province and our town. While they may not have understood much of what we were saying, they certainly seemed to enjoy the music and our town councillors and staff were excellent hosts to our out-of-town visitors.
The delegation was here on an exchange mission organized by the Canadian Federation of Municipalities. The relationship between Cuba and Clarenville has been in place for the past number of years to share information and processes on providing excellent public services to residents.
Delegations from Clarenville have visited Cuba several times in the past few years, but this was the first trip the Cuban delegation has been able to make to our special little corner of the world.
Performing for the troops – October 2010
During the week following the devastation of Hurricane Igor Sláinte was asked to perform for the troops that were giving of their time and talents to help rebuild rural Newfoundland. We were honored to have such an opportunity to give a little back.
ALS – May 14th, 2010 & September 30th, 2012
The second one we want to share with you comes from our good friends, Cal Cole and his family. Cal’s wife, Pat, was stricken with the terrifying disease of ALS. I won’t even try to spell out the proper name of it but I’m sure most of you know enough about this to know it’s a devastating sentence for a family to get. It’s often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Cal and his family handled Pat’s illness and her eventual death as as anyone could, but there’s no denying the dreadful impact this disease has on everyone it touches. But to their credit, the Cole family hasn’t just left this challenging chapter of their lives behind, although no one could blame them if they did. Instead, they have become champions of raising awareness and funds to assist other families that are dealing with life altering experience and to assist the research efforts that need to continue to help medical science combat this terrible affliction. Needless to say, it’s a humbling experience to play for such a worthwhile event and it makes you appreciate the good things and times you have in your life.
Thanks for having us as part of this effort Cal, and the best of luck in your future efforts in this worthy cause. To learn more about what you can do to help visit http://www.als.ca/_units/
Shriners – February 2010
Another one of our favorite causes is the Shriners. This esteemed fraternity raises significant dollars to help the truly most vulnerable in our society, sick kids. A couple of our members are Shriners and some of our families have benefited greatly from their generous assistance. For that we will be forever grateful and respectful of this great organization.
Clarenville Old Fashioned Christmas Concert – December 2009
Whenever we can we try to help out with this free concert that the town of Clarenville puts off at the Clarenville Events Centre each Christmas. While it’s a hectic time of the year, Clarenville is to be commended for remembering the true spirit of Christmas and providing its citizens, especially it’s seniors with this free variety concert for a few laughs at this most joyous time of year. And we’re always glad to help out whenever we can. And the town appreciates that as shown in this attached letter.