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Stepping Stones

by The McShane Family

Captivating group of musical siblings whose beautiful vocals & harmonies likened to the RANKIN FAMILY'S, fill their 16-song debut cd by JUNO WINNER PHIL DWYER, with the lyrically rich music of their proud Celtic Heritage along with contemporary favorites.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Stepping Stones
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2. Bonny Portmore
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3. Farewell To Lochaber
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4. Song For The Mira
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5. The Gypsy Rover
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6. Down by the Salley Gardens
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7. Rise Again
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8. Caledonia
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9. Two Sisters
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10. The Cliffs Of Dooneen
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11. Scotland the Brave/ Scotland Forever
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12. The Skye Boat Song
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13. Gillis Mountain
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14. The Water Is Wide
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15. Siuil A Run
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16. To Say Goodbye To You
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Album Notes

"Like a breath of fresh air," THE McSHANE FAMILY has brought a new vitality to the CELTIC MUSIC SCENE. With mentors and admires by the likes of recording artist JOHN McDERMOTT, they are now being compared to the RANKIN FAMILY and CELTIC WOMAN but with a charisma and style all of their own. No matter what your taste in music, you will love this "FAMILY!"


“The McShane Family, is a true pleasure to listen to. They have performed as guests in my shows whenever I am on Vancouver Island. The release of the family’s debut c.d. STEPPING STONES (arranged and produced by MULTIPLE JUNO AWARD WINNER, PHIL DWYER) will surely be the beginning of a bright and exciting future in music for this multitalented young group of performers. A new and exciting talent about to emerge from Vancouver Island. Expect to hear great music from "THE McSHANE FAMILY" for many years to come..."


"John McDermott" is an International Recording Artist and the Founding Member of, “THE IRISH TENORS.”
Mr. McDermott is the recipient of the prestigious,
"Congressional Medal of Honour" and has had three of his recordings sell platinum. He is also a multiple, "Juno Nominee." This man is an amazing talent.
Our family feels very honoured and privileged, to have Mr. McDermott as our mentor. We have looked up to him for many years now and consider him to be a truly outstanding person.



“The McShane Family,” is a multitalented young group of five musical siblings ranging in age from fourteen to twenty-three years. The eldest of the group being Russell followed by Sarah Fay, Kathlene, Bernadette and Quentin. The family was born and raised on beautiful Vancouver Island, in the quaint Town of Qualicum Beach.
Singing has always been the family’s passion. They grew up in a home surrounded by music and filled with song. Hence, the development of their beautifully melodious voices. The family also enjoys playing a wide variety of musical instruments but prefers to leave them at home and focus on their vocals while performing on stage.
Over the years, the family has acquired a vast and diverse musical repertoire, enjoying most musical styles. Whether it be classical or traditional pieces, contemporary music, jazz, or musical theatre, the family is at home with them all. In particular, they have developed a fondness for the beautiful Celtic Music of their Irish and Scottish Heritage.
To this effect, the family has much to offer their audience, as their music reaches people of many different musical persuasions. With a strong sense of musicianship, they deliver their songs in a touching emotive manner and are a pleasure to watch on stage. Put it all together and it creates a performance well worth remembering.
. With the release of the family’s debut c.d. “STEPPING STONES,” and two additional recording projects well underway, the family is looking at a very bright future
with endless opportunities awaiting them.


“Music has always been an important part of the McShane Family. We have performed together as a family group for well over sixteen years now. Being immersed in music brings us together as a family and holds us close. It gives us much pleasure to sing and share our love of music with others. It is a sentiment we hope carries over into our audience."


_______________QUOTES FROM AUDIENCES & ADMIRERS____________

"Your family puts on such a great show. We didn't want your concert to end. Your voices are beautiful and you sang a huge number of our family's favourite songs. We bought your Stepping Stones c.d. months ago and still listen to it constantly. There isn't one song we haven't fallen in love with.
We also thoroughly enjoyed your c.d. pamphlet. At sixteen pages it was an excellent read. The pictures of the family and scenery are beautiful. We enjoyed reading the history behind each song. It was interesting, informative and very well done.
We can hardly wait to see you in concert again. Hope you have a new c.d. ready soon as we will be first in line."

(Received via email from the McGuire Clan)

"Wow! The only thing more gorgeous than your voices is your beautiful family. Man, did you guys ever luck out!"

Comment from a gentleman named Gary, at The CeltFest's,
"Saint Patrick's Day Concert" in Nanaimo, B.C.

"We seen your family at Celticfest Vancouver's, "Saint Patrick's Day Parade" and thought you had the best entry of all. Your family is so friendly and it was awesome that you stopped and chatted with people along the route. Also that you gave out candies and bracelets you had made yourselves. My daughter is still wearing her's and talks about the pretty girls who made it and then took the trouble to tie it on to her wrist. You made her feel very special. Thank you!
We don't buy c.ds. often cause we usually just download our music but are real glad we spent the money and bought your family's, Stepping Stones. One word to describe it is, Beautiful!
We will be watching for you to come to our area and hope it is real soon. Good luck and keep on making your beautiful music. You make a lot of people happy. Our family have fallen in love with all of you. You are what family is all about."

(Received via email from The Smith Family)

"I was totally blown away when I heard your recording. I think the entire c.d. is exceptional and I have highly recommended it to all my friends.
All the songs flow so perfectly together and what a variety. I was surprised to see the mix of, Traditional Celtic/Folk along with Contemporary Folk and a Modern Popular piece to close up the recording.
Phil Dwyer did a fantastic job of arranging these pieces. Some of those century old songs shone in an entirely different light than I have ever heard them recorded in the past.
This is by far my favourite recording ever. I have bought four cds as gifts for my family and they are enjoying your recording as much as me. I have literally listened to it hundreds of times. I don't think I will ever tire of it.
One of my all time favourite groups is the Rankin Family. I am so pleased that I have finally found another family I will enjoy listening to as much as I do them.
Keep on singing and hurry up with your next recordings. We can hardly wait!"

(Received via email from Kathy B. in Victoria, B.C.)

Sunday, May 31

Thanks Sandra, for your efforts in making Family Day a success. It truly was a beautiful day and what the girls did today playing & singing, was a wonderful contribution to the tradition of Family Day. I am looking forward to next year (yes next year) to hear the harmonies of your family once again.
Our Community is very lucky to have a family such as The McShanes. Keep up the great work!!!!

Walter Hoogland

Entertainment Coordinator



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Bridget O'Reilly

I love this c.d. The entire family have incredible voices! The instrumentation is wonderful too! I was amazed by the song selection, as their choice just happens to coincide with so many of my favorites. The first time I listened to "Stepping Stones," I had to fetch a tissue for my eyes. I was so overwhelmed with emotion that the tears just started to flow. This is Celtic Music at its best. Job well done "McShane Family!" It is my hope that one day you will tour Ireland. I will be ready!


The CD was amazing, at first I thought it was good because of the beautiful instruments that were being played, but the voices, all of the McShane's have angelic voices that pull me from anything I am doing, just to listen carefully to every entrancing sound of their songs. They are a beautiful group of singers and should make another CD, I cant wait. Love It.