Sharon Shannon returns to the UK this Feb in the company of longtime sidemen Jim Murray and Jack Maher, both on acoustic guitar and vocals. Sharon will deliver a show based on tracks from 12 studio albums as well as some new previously unreleased material, some of which was aired on Irish television during her 4 part TV series, Heartlands.
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, Reggae, Classical and Rap.
Support on the tour comes from award winning Folk singer Aoife Scott, based in Dublin. Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right. 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, 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.
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 Mc Master/ Japan with the Kodo Drummers/ Malawi with Umoza Children of Mzuzu. Sharon has released 3 albums since her last UK tour in 2019, The Winkles Tapes 1989, released in November 2019; The Reckoning, a new studio album released in November 2020 and a double live album featuring the trio touring the UK, Live at De Barras, recorded in February 2020 and released July 2021.
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.