A virtuouso accordion and fiddle player, Shannon has been wowing crowds since the age of 14 when she was a member of Co. Clare tradsters Dirsit Tola. Since then she’s been a founder member of Arcady; spent 18 months as a member of The Waterboys; appeared on the record-breaking A Woman’s Heart compilation; and scored numerous hits in her own right, the most famous of which is her take on Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl’.
Four things you might not know about Sharon Shannon…
– In 1998 she was invited by Nigel Kennedy to play on his The Jimi Hendrix Suite.
– Her 1994 album, Out The Gap, was produced by Dennis Bovell and had a pronounced reggae flavour.
– Shannon’s other collaborations have ranged from Belinda Carlisle and Coolfin to Jackson Browne and the late Kirsty MacColl.
– Before concentrating full-time on music, Sharon was an accomplished show-jumper.