Bend Like a Willow is a song from Greenshine, a trio comprising Noel Shine and Mary Greene and their daughter, Ellie Shine. Noel and Mary have released three critically acclaimed albums to date: THE LAND YOU LOVE THE BEST ( in the top 3 folk albums, Iri
Is a trio comprising Noel Shine and Mary Greene and their daughter, Ellie Shine. While Noel and Mary have released three critically acclaimed albums to date: THE LAND YOU LOVE THE BEST (listed in the top 3 folk albums of its year of release by The Irish Times), UNSPOKEN LINES and SEA OF HEARTS, a cd of Mary’s songs. GREENSHINE sees the launch not only of a cd but a band name to incorporate their daughter Ellie into the musical mix. The trio are known for their tight family harmonies.
GREENSHINE play music that straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots. In their set, anything goes, from original tales of tigerdogs to timeworn tales of love, family ties, forgotten trousers and the occasional murder. Their fast picking and close harmonies never fail to thrill. Noel is a multi-instumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists such as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Christy Moore 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 is much in demand for her recording session work and 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. Ellie Shine has grown up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts since the age of 13. Despite her tender years, Ellie has featured on three cds to date including, most recently, her grandfather's debut recording PADDY GREENE'S FAMILY ALBUM. She has a huge interest in the songs of the Muskerry Gaeltacht and reached the All-Ireland final of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann's under 15 Sean nOs competition in her debut try-out. She enjoys singing and playing songs of all genres and has a special place in her heart reserved for classic Beatles and country as well as good contemporary songwriting. She accompanies herself on ukelele and guitar. www.greenshinemusic.com