Noel Sheehan founded Sheehans in 1984, after realising that there was a market for musical instrument repairs in Leicestershire. The business began trading as a repair service in a small workshop in Leicester, with 2 experienced repairers, but soon expanded into retail sales. Growth has been rapid (and sometimes chaotic!), but Sheehans is now widely regarded as one of the best acoustic musical instrument stores in the UK.
The business currently employs 12 full-time staff at our London Road, Leicester store, and is still expanding. There are now 3 repair workshops, servicing and repairing guitars, orchestral strings and wind instruments - these workshops remain a vital part of the business, as they are also responsible for setting up and testing all our instruments prior to sale. In addition to sales and repairs, we also offer a woodwind & brass instrument rental scheme, a violin, viola & cello rental scheme, and run a number of popular events including our annual Acoustic Avalon guitar show.
Sheehans is a specialist store staffed by experienced players. Our website is intended as an addition to our services, not a replacement - wherever possible, we recommend that you visit our store and experience our service first hand. However, because of our high standards of instrument set up and testing, you can be confident of ordering online from us.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our site, and welcome your feedback.
Richard's combination of a passion for retail and music means he enjoys every moment in his role of Managing Director of Sheehans. Richard has a wide range of musical knowledge and interest keeping him up to date with all the latest products and musical trends.
Our in house luthier graduated from Newark College with distinction so you can rely on him to be millimetre perfect when working on your guitar.
Roger is responsible for processing and shipping all of our internet and mail orders, and is currently learning to play the guitar, harmonica and banjo.
Lauren is an accomplished pianist, guitarist, drummer and also teaches piano. Before coming to Sheehans, Lauren received her BA(hons) degree in popular music at LJMU.
A luthier as well as repairer, Jim specialises in electric basses. A graduate of Newark College, and makes instruments in his spare time. He also gigs with Spartan Skyline. When he's not in the workshop, he processes mail orders and stock.
Our resident keys and audio speiclaist, jazz-enthusiast and Leeds College of Music graduate Dan is not only an excellent saxophonist but also plays bass and keys in the function band Echo Drive.
Caroline is in charge of organising music lessons for children, teenagers, adults, beginners and established players at our Sheehans Music Academy. She also has Grade 8 piano and is currently taking bluegrass fiddle lessons with one of our Academy violin teachers!
Working at Sheehan’s since the age of 18, there’s nothing Jason doesn’t know about acoustic guitars. He also runs and organises our annual guitar show, Acoustic Avalon.
Kate organises and handles all our Trinity exam paperwork and timetables hundreds of applicants.
Callum is our electric guitar and amps expert. When he's not gigging as lead guitarist and vocalist in Waiting For Company or the gothic opera that is The King Of Crows he enjoys composing his own music.
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Orders placed on this website are processed Monday* to Friday inclusive.
We normally offer same-day despatch in the following cases:
*Excludes Bank Holidays
Here at Sheehan's, we are proud to support Rainbowsand the incredible work they do.
Here is Rainbows' message:
Just like everyone else, our children need a place to play, laugh and love life. A place where they and their families are cared for and supported. Welcome to Rainbows - the East Midlands' hospice for children and young people.
Sadly, some children simply don't live long enough. Since 1994 we've opened our doors and hearts to those children and the people who love them most. And now more than ever, we need your help to keep on bringing care and happiness to our children and families.
As the East Midlands' only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Our incredible team of people helps relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end.
Ever wanted to work in a music shop?
Well, now you can! And at the same time you will....
We are once again taking part in the Music Instrument Retail Training Apprenticeship Scheme, and are looking for 16-19 year-olds with a passion for music to work here. If you think you've got what it takes to work in one of the UK's biggest music shops, then please send your CV to email@example.com -marked FAO Jason Spencer- or drop it into the store.
More information can be found about the scheme here: http://academyofmusic.ac.uk/apprenticeships/