Sionainn return to Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September bringing their lively vibrant and varied show of traditional entertainment. Sionainn, meaning Shannon, gives the group its name and the show its theme, entitled Crossing the Shannon from the lively reel of the same name. The music and song in this show was consciously selected to reflect the history and geography of the Upper Shannon basin region and was directed by renowned bouzouki player/accompanist/arranger Niall O’Callanain. The majority of the artists in Sionainn come from the region and include well-known names such as John Wynne (flute), James Donohoe (accordion) and Irene Guckian (fiddle). The O’Connor and Beegan brothers sing the songs of the locality while the stepdancers under Brian Geraghty’s guidances knock sparks from the floor. Vincent Pierce acts as storyteller and narrator and his unique blend of humour gives wonderful variety to the show. Bringing together music song with dance and stories the production showcases the strong traditional culture and history of the area. This time the group while still entertaining us with the rich heritage of the Shannon basin have changed some of the music and song. A lot of the old favourites are still performed but the new material will give the audience a fresh experience. Sionainn have performed and indeed sold out regularly iat the arts centre and if past shows are an indicator, advance booking is advised. Tickets are priced at €15 and are available at the box office on (090) 66 25 824.