Formed and based in Belgium, five members of Shantalla are Irish, while singer Helen Flaherty is Scottish. Their first CD, 'Shantalla', was released in Belgium in 1999 and received rave reviews across Europe and North America.
The band's second CD 'Seven Evenings, Seven Mornings' was released in 2001. Reviews were just as good as those of 'Shantalla', with many critics saying it confirmed the band's arrival as a major force on the international Celtic music scene.
In 2005, Shantalla disbanded and the individual members went their separate ways, playing and recording in different formations, including with Dave Munnelly, Philip Masure, Luc Pilartz, Valerio, Mel Mercier, Maeve Kelly, Snaarmaarwaar and OMNIA.
After a five year break the band re-formed, adding bouzouki & guitar player Simon Donnelly to the original line-up.
Their third CD Turas – an Irish word meaning journey – was released in 2011. Reviewers agree that the band is as good as ever and has matured into one of the best Celtic music acts on the international folk scene.
"Shantalla has to be rated the top traditional band on the Continent"
- The Irish Voice, USA
"one of the most exhilarating surprises in Celtic circles of recent years... excellent"
- Folk Roots, UK
"Shantalla are some of the finest musicians in the traditional folk scene"
- Folkworld, Germany
Simon Donnelly: Guitar, Bouzouki
Kieran Fahy: Fiddle, Viola
Helen Flaherty: Vocals, Bodhrán, Shakers
Joe Hennon: Guitar
Michael Horgan: Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Low & High Whistles
Gerry Murray: Accordion, Low & High Whistles