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. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music but across all musical genres: hip-hop, Cajun, country, classical and rap. Her latest recording Sacred Earth embraces blues, North and West African music as well as reggae.
Sharon has recorded and toured with a host of world-class singers and musicians including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan – a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility and talent. A prolific composer, Sharon also released an album of original music in 2012 recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra – The Flying Circus.
“Sharon Shannon defines casual brilliance. She plays accordion with carefree fluidity, virtuosic but not flashy, performing traditional Irish music with a contemporary freshness.” – Boston Globe
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