"Calling it Irish accordion music is technically correct but will definitely give the wrong impression. It is another excellent example of music that deftly escapes stereotypes, and in the process makes for memorable listening..." Review #1582 by George Graham. With special guests: JIM MURRAY (Acoustic guitar), JACK MAHER (Electric guitar & Mandolin, SEAN REGAN (Fiddle).
Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips….literally! The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion ‘cool’ in her home country. Renowned for her collaborations not just in Irish Traditional Music, but through all musical genres – Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap
Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alisson Krauss and Shane MacGowan – a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent.
She has entertained US President Bill Clinton and Irish Presidents Robinson and MacAleese and more recently President Barack Obama during his Dublin visit.
Sharon records and produces her albums at her own studio, ‘Poets Corner,’ outside Galway in Ireland.
She has won several music awards and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement at the Irish Meteor Awards in 2009.
The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country including Diamond Mountain Sessions, Live at Dolans and the phenomenal Steve Earle penned The Galway Girl with Irish rock singer Mundy, which won a Meteor Award for most downloaded track two years in succession. The album of the same name was No.1 in the Irish charts for 4 weeks and has now achieved quadruple platinum status in Ireland!
She is currently producing an album for the HIGH KINGS and has also released an album of original tunes written for and recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra called Flying Circus
Having performed at Womadelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, WOMAD NZ and the New Zealand international Arts Festival earlier this year, Sharon returns to Australia for a more extensive national tour beginning with the Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland on Dec 30 2012
JIM MURRAY – ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Jim is one of Ireland’s finest guitarists and his formidable reputation has been established as a player of traditional music – both as a melody player and as an accompanist
Over the last decade, he has play professionally with many of Ireland’s renowned artists.
Jim has combined a wide range of music and influences to create a unique and exciting modern sound in guitar accompaniment bringing it to the ‘now’. Jim plays regularly as a member of Sharon Shannon’s band and has also recorded with Seamus Begley, Frankie Gavin, Mike McGoldrick, Altan, Mary Black and many other traditional musicians.
JACK MAHER – ELECTRIC GUITAR & MANDOLIN
Jack is an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter. He has played lead guitar with Sharon Shannon’s Big Band and has also played with Van Morrison, Sharon Corr, Declan ORourke, Donal Lunny and Eddi Reader. Reader has covered some of Jacks songs on her albums and Jack has also contributed two songs to Sharon’s Collaboration album…Smile and Lost Soul. Jack is equally at home with an American Soul song as a Dublin street ballad from the Frank Harte Collection
SEAN REGAN – FIDDLE
Sean comes highly regarded, securing his title as one of the finest fiddle players in the music business today, and is instantly identifiable for his versatile sweet fiddle playing.
Not only is he at home in the world of native Irish reels and jigs, but he is also a player with fantastic improvisational skills and is in high demand for session and live performance in all areas of folk through to rock music