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Sharon Shannon

Ireland

Twenty-one years since her debut album, Sharon Shannon continues to reinvent her unique style of traditional music and keeps it relevant and fresh.
Playing accordion, whistle and fiddle, the diminutive Clare virtuoso draws on material from her nine studio albums, as well as introducing some brand new compositions and some covers.

Sharon’s high-octane brand of trad music is complemented by multi-instrumentalist and singer Alan Connor, who provides a new and highly effective accompaniment with piano, electric guitar and loops.

With the use of a foot-stomp providing the beat and his boogie-woogie style on the piano, his music owes its origins in sound more to the tradition of New Orleans and the old blues masters than any Irish tradition. Alan also plays electric guitar and with the use of loops manages to combine all these instruments simultaneously.

This provides a perfect match for Sharon's ripping accordion and the duo can easily segue from a Ledbelly song into a newly composed reel by Sharon without missing a beat or batting an eyelid.

Sparks fly between this pair as the energy and sound created by both together is at once powerful and compelling.

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