Sharon Shannon [Compass]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397431123
  • Catalog Number: 974311
  • Sales rank: 78,421

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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