Saturday 28 January 2017

Primarily known on the live music scene, Shane Mc Cormack has played anything from jazz sets in the legendary JJ Smyths to album launches in Vicar Street and everywhere in between! 
Highlights outside of Ireland have been successful shows in Germany, England and a tour of Cuba, which saw him playing in an all drum and percussion ensemble. 
After a bad motorbike crash in 2010 in which his right wrist had to be completely rebuilt, Shane had to take time off from playing. Since then he has worked back up to a very busy live schedule filling in with various bands as well as enrolling in BIMM Music College to study a Degree in Commercial Modern Music.
Along with live work, Mc Cormack has covered recording sessions including an EP with Dublin band 'Reech', a live radio session on Today FM with Cork band 'Neon Atlas'! plus a RTE recording session with 'The Parlaz'.

Irish Drummers; Shane, can you tell us your involvement with Newpark Music Centre? 
In 2016 the faculty at Newpark Music Centre offered me a chance to work with their degree ensemble students with the aim to getting them into years 3 and 4 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. 

Irish Drummers; What projects are in the pipeline?
Future projects include recording sessions with singer/songwriters Peppy, Michelle Revins and Gavin Doyle as well as maintaining a 100 plus gigs a year schedule. 

Irish Drummers; Who are your biggest drumming influences?
Biggest drumming influences are deffinetly Vinnie Colaiuta, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones and Ireland's own Conor Guilfoyle!

Irish Drummers; What is your preferred drum gear?
I'm happy to support/use Ayotte pro/custom drums. Sabian cymbals. Vic Firth sticks. Ultimate Ears U11s. Porter and Davies tactile monitor system.

Photo credit; Alan White