Shanachie Records is an independent record label founded in 1975 by Richard Nevins and Dan Collins, with a focus on releasing traditional Irish and Scottish music. Over the years, Shanachie Records has expanded its roster to include a diverse range of genres, including folk, world music, jazz, blues, and reggae. In 1980 Shanachie released its first reggae album, King Tubbys Meets Rockers In a Firehouse by Augustus Pablo, and soon after released albums from many reggae artists including Rita Marley, Culture, Bunny Wailer, Judy Mowatt, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube, The Skatalites and others. One of the hallmarks of Shanachie Records is its commitment to preserving and promoting traditional music from around the world. The label has released numerous compilations and anthologies featuring traditional music from countries such as Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, as well as African, Caribbean, and Latin American countries.
In addition to traditional music, Shanachie Records has also been involved in promoting and releasing music from contemporary artists. The label has worked with a wide range of musicians over the years, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sinead O'Connor, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Toots and the Maytals. Shanachie Records has earned a reputation for its high-quality recordings and attention to detail in packaging and design. The label has won numerous awards over the years, including several Grammy Awards, and has been praised for its commitment to promoting and preserving diverse musical traditions from around the world.