Celtic star Sharon Shannon celebrates 21 years of music

Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon

Growing up in North County Clare, Sharon Shannon’s talent was spotted and encouraged by her local music teacher. Shannon’s focus on music was evident when she participated in the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirann tours of the mid-’80s. After a brief apprenticeship with Arcady, her friendship with Steve Wickham led to an invitation to join The Waterboys. But after 18 months she quit to begin a solo career.

Her self-titled debut, recorded in 1990, with help from Hothouse Flowers member Liam O’Maonlai and U2’s Adam Clayton offered a glimpse of the Shannon to come, with pieces from Louisiana and Portugal sneaking into the spare mix. A year later, she appeared on the best-selling compilation A Woman’s Heart, which brought her much wider renown and resulted in widespread touring. Since then she has pioneered a truly original perspective on Irish music, with bits of dub, reggae, calypso fitting organically into the sound.

Now she’s back on tour celebrating 21 years since her debut album, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and singer Alan Connor and will be introducing some brand new material while playing her trademark Castganari accordion, whistle and fiddle. This is an evening that’s bound to get those toes tapping. Support comes from Lisbee Stainton.

Sharon Shannon with Alan Connor and support from Lisbee Stainton are playing at Artrix on Tuesday 11th November at 8.00 pm. Tickets cost £17.50 from the box office on 01527 577330 or on www.artrix.co.uk