Sharon Shannon

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Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including The Waterboys, John Prine, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Kirsty MacColl, Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinéad O’Connor, Imelda May and- a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent.

While crossing-over into many genres of music, Sharon’s style is uniquely traditional Irish and she has been hugely influential in promoting Irish music not only in her own country but in the USA where she has collaborated with John Prine and Steve Earle/ Canada with Natalie McMaster/ Japan with the Kodo Drummers/ Malawi with Umoza Children of Mzuzu and most recently recording and touring with Seckou Keita, Kora and percussion master from Senegal. A prolific composer, Sharon continues to defy genres and her 10 studio albums are testament to a fearless adventuring spirit when it comes to making music. In 2018 she recorded a traditional Irish music album with Irish rugby star Robbie Henshaw and the Henshaw family and friends. Her last studio album was Sacred Earth 2017 and has released a double live album Live in Minneapolis in early 2019.

November 2019 sees Sharon release 30 new and previously unreleased tracks celebrating 30 years in the industry. The tracks will be released over a 12 month period and the first 16 are called ‘The Winkles Tapes 1989’ which was recorded at Winkles Hotel Kinvara, featuring Donal Lunny, Gerry O’Beirne, Mike Scott, Adam Clayton, Mary Shannon and Eoin O’Neill. Sharon supports many charities and is a well known animal lover and campaigner, she is patron to Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption (MADRA) based in Galway and is an ambassador for Missionvale Ireland which provides education and support to relieve poverty in Missionvale township in South Africa