“Samboeire” is the name of an old Irish rhythmic working song. One of the founding members of the band came across the song just at a time when the newly formed Community Band were searching for a name, and it seemed like the perfect fit.
The band formed in 1997 in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. Initially the idea of musician Sean Callaghy, he found the support of the Leitrim Partnership who initially funded the project. Sean recruited fellow musicians Klaus Vormehr and Peter Crann to help establish the new Community Samba band. The band soon became self-sufficient, and its popularity increased as it became a regular feature at parades, carnivals and festivals throughout the North-West and beyond.
In 2005 Samboeire decided to re-locate to Sligo. Sligo was becoming a vibrant and creative town, and it was felt that this would suit the character of the band perfectly. Now in its nineteenth year, Samboeire is already planning its 20th anniversary celebrations for 2017 – watch this space!
The band meets weekly to learn new rhythms, rehearse existing material and improve skills. Samboeire is currently led by Stephanie Pawula, Fionnuala Kennedy and Peter Crann, with the help from band members.