Shanachie Records

Shanachie Records is a New Jersey-based record label founded in 1976 by Richard Nevins and Dan Collins.[2] The label is named for the word Shanachie, an Irish storyteller.

Shanachie Records
Parent companyShanachie Entertainment Corporation
Founded1976 (1976)
FounderRichard Nevins
Dan Collins
Distributor(s)AMPED Distribution[1] (US)
Country of originU.S.
LocationNewton, New Jersey

It was previously distributed by Entertainment One Distribution.[2]

Starting as a label that specialized in fiddle music, they began releasing work by Celtic groups such as Planxty and Clannad.[2] Other genres on the label include Latin American, African music, soul, country and ska. In 1989 they acquired Yazoo Records from Nick Perls. This allowed them to release vintage jazz and blues recordings. Today, they have another imprint, Shanachie Jazz.

In 1992 Shanachie began releasing CDs by folk singer-songwriters, including Richard Shindell, Dolores Keane, John Stewart, Rod MacDonald, Richard Meyer, Karan Casey, Sue Foley, Four Bitchin' Babes, Kevin Gordon, and others.

Shanachie Records was primarily a reggae label, licensing and releasing music from artists such as Rita Marley, Skavoovie and the Epitones, Yabby You, The Mighty Diamonds, Lucky Dube, Max Romeo, and John Brown's Body throughout the years. Shanachie was also the U.S. liaison for the UK-based reggae label, Greensleeves Records, until about 1987. Shanachie also issued material for Augustus Pablo under the Message imprint of his company, Rockers International. The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir releases albums on Shanachie Records, as has Grammy nominated Liquid Soul.

The Latin acts on the label include Los Jovenes del Barrio.[3]

See also


  1. "eOne Distribution US - Who We Distribute". eOne Distribution. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  2. CMJ New Music Report, April 10, 2000 - Paged 36 UPCOMING RELEASES
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