Sharon Shannon [Compass]

Sharon Shannon [Compass]

by Sharon ShannonSharon Shannon


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The buzz about young accordionist Sharon Shannon was just starting to build when this album was originally issued on the Irish Solid label in 1991. Having worked as a member of the Waterboys and as an accompanist to the legendary singer Christy Moore, she already had a solid reputation among the cognoscenti, but her innovative approach to her instrument -- along with her tremendous energy and prodigious chops -- were creating a groundswell of interest outside of Celtic music circles as well. When Sharon Shannon was issued in Ireland it became the top-selling traditional music recording ever released there. Reissued by Compass with a bonus track in 2001, it sounds as fresh and exciting now as it did then. The program is quite varied, ranging from such traditional Irish fare as "The Munster Hop" and "Queen of the West" to Cajun tunes, Quebecois, reels and even a Portuguese dance number. Guest musicians range from the predictable (bouzouki player Donal Lunny, guitarist Gerry O'Beirne) to the surprising (bassist Adam Clayton of U2), but Shannon's playful, jaw-droppingly virtuosic playing holds everything together. Excellent.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397431123
catalogNumber: 974311
Rank: 134773

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Shannon   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Accordion
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Bodhran
Máire Breatnach   Violin,Viola
Noel Bridgeman   Conga,Drums
Adam Clayton   Bass
Steve Cooney   Bass,Guitar
Tom Hayes   Jew's Harp,Triangle
Trevor Hutchinson   Bass,Double Bass
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Piano
Mike Scott   Guitar,Piano
Anthony Thistlethwaite   Harmonica,Mandolin,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Electronic Mandolin
Steve Wickham   Fiddle
John Dunford   Guitar
Mary Shannon   Banjo
Mary Custy   Fiddle
Sharon Okeefes   Accordion
Philip King   Harmonica
Phillip King   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Sharon Shannon   Arranger
John Dunford   Producer
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Philip King   Liner Notes
Phillip King   Liner Notes

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