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Celebrating 21 years since her debut album, Sharon Shannon takes a trip through her back catalogue and is joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist and singer Alan Connor. The diminutive Clare virtuoso draws the material from her nine studio albums, as well as introducing some brand new compositions and some covers, playing her trademark Castganari accordion but also takes turns on the whistle and fiddle.
Her high -octane brand of trad music, is complimented by Alan Connor, who provides a new and highly effective accompaniment. 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.
Sharon Shannon continues to reinvent her own unique style of trad music and keeps it relevant and fresh.