The Shenanigans Banned
was founded in March 2006. Initially for a St
Patricks night gig at the Laxey Sailing Club.
Since that time the band has evolved and become
one of the Islands favorite musical curiosities.
The ‘folk revival’ that has occurred
in the last few years has seen a number of bands
taking different ways. The purist folk movement
probably frown on the Shenanigans and their highly
Shenanigan style (murdering) of performing some
classical traditional folk songs.
However, the band would argue that in their original
form folk songs were passed on, changed , adapted
by each performer to suit the performers individual
skills and adapted to suit particular audiences.
Overall the main objective was to entertain and
tell a story.
The Shenanigans (with the kind permission of Jean
Slack) make a point of playing a number of Stuart
Slack songs. They see them as an important part
of our recent heritage which will be lost if the
songs are not performed live to local audiences.
Although tweaked, the band try and deliver the
songs in the spirit which Stuart would have wished
In addition the band perform songs adapted and
written by the band and local poet and writer
Mike Culligan, that address local issues in a
highly original manner.
The Shenanigans firmly believe there is a place
for all live musical entertainment.
A review in the Manx Independent stated the Shenanigans
were musically positioned somewhat nearer to the
“Purple Helmets” motorcycle display
team than other mainline folk bands! A comment
that the band took great delight in.
The Shenanigans have been likened to Music Hall
performers with the audience exchanges, general
banter and jokes all adding to the fun of the
What you can say is that the ShenaniganS Banned
give a truly memorable individual act of unrivalled