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Whelanslive.com presents:

SHARON SHANNON

And her band feat. Jim Murray, Sean Regan and Alan Connor

plus support

Shane Hennessy

_ Main Venue _

Thursday 4th, 11th and 25th August 2016

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

Sharon Shannon returns to Whelans this Summer for a short residency.

The acclaimed accordion player who plays a whole range of festivals this Summer including Glastonbury, Galway Arts Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival…brings her show to Whelans for 3 intimate performances.

Sharon will be showcasing some material from her new album due out next year and will also feature some special guests.

Her band will feature longtime sideman Jim Murray on acoustic guitar, Sean Regan on fiddle percussion and vocals and Alan Connor on electric guitar, piano, percussion and vocals.

 

SHARON SHANNON Biog

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, Mark Knopfler, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison 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 The Sultan of Brunei in Australia. Sharon records and produces her albums at her own studios ‘Poets Corner’ outside Galway in Ireland

The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for most downloaded song.

She also celebrates being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award. Her music has been featured in several Hollywood movies, TV series and the award-winning Bulmers TV commercial campaign.

 

A prolific composer, Sharon continues to defy genres and has recently released an album of original music recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra called Flying Circus.

She has produced a new album for the High Kings   released worldwide by Sony in September 2013 and is currently co-writing songs with many collaborators.

She recently performed with reggae legend Dawn Penn and Lee Thomspon from Madness on the single’ Bangarang’

Currently working on a book on her life, Sharon is a passionate  animal lover and does a lot of voluntary work and fundraising for various animal rescues.

TICKETS

€25 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.

AFTER THE GIG

Indie & Alternative Dance Party | Drinks Promos | 11pm til 3am or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm