Diamond Mountain Sessions

Diamond Mountain Sessions

by Sharon Shannon
     
 

With a little help from her friends, this acclaimed Irish accordion player has made a landmark album. Utilizing guests ranging from U.S. folk stars Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, and John Prine to The Hothouse Flowers, See more details below

Overview

With a little help from her friends, this acclaimed Irish accordion player has made a landmark album. Utilizing guests ranging from U.S. folk stars Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, and John Prine to The Hothouse Flowers, Carlos Nunez, and Mary Staunton, Shannon transforms traditional material by way of vibrant contemporary performances. The American musicians find their Gallic spirit and the Irish players call on centuryie's old traditions to produce hearty and rousing sounds of both joy and anguish. Bringing together unexpected players into the mix has helped Shannon grow as an artist, and from the evidence displayed here, it sounds like the whole experience was a joy for all involved.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While Sharon Shannon is perhaps best known as a talented fiddle and accordion player in Celtic circles, The Diamond Mountain Sessions should broaden her appeal. This album finds her joined by a multitude of talent, including luminaries such as John Prine, Jackson Browne, and Steve Earle. Since Shannon is primarily a musician and not a singer, the album also contains a number of fine instrumentals. Things get started with "A Costa de Galicia," a lovely jig full of intricate accordion work, and the pipes of Carl Nunez. Next up is a hard, driving Earle song, "The Galway Girl," that is immediately likable and will remind many of his best acoustic work. Browne's vocal on "Man of Constant Sorrow" is enriched by the addition of Mary Staunton on backing vocals, while Dessie O'Hollaran offers a more traditional take on "Say You Love Me." It is probably inevitable that Americana radio will push the vocal tracks, and while this isn't a bad thing, the instrumental tracks have just as much to offer. The Woodchoppers join Shannon on the lovely "The Pernod Watlz," while Liz and Yvonne Kane join her on the medley of tunes titled "Fire in the Bellies." Even though a number of players are present on each track, the arrangements are never crowded. Instead, the sound is open and airy. It is nice that artists like Shannon have been given the freedom to make albums that are stylistically all over the map like The Diamond Mountain Sessions. This broad musical palette serves to show that Americana and Celtic have a lot in common, and gives fans of either style a nice way to expand their tastes. Shannon's confident debut on Compass shouldn't be missed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397430522
catalogNumber:
974305
Rank:
137227

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Shannon   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Accordion,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Bodhran
Jackson Browne   Track Performer
Steve Earle   Mandolin,Vocals
Jim Murray   Acoustic Guitar
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Blennerhassett   Double Bass
Noel Bridgeman   Drums
Richie Buckley   Saxophone
James Delaney   Piano,Hammond Organ
Tony Molloy   Bass
Peter O'Toole   Acoustic Guitar
Jesse Smith   Fiddle,Viola
Sean Smith   Fiddle
Mary Shannon   Banjo,Fiddle,Background Vocals
Carlos Núñez   Pipe,Recorder,Whistle (Instrument)
Lloyd Byrne   Percussion,Drums
Bill Wright   Bouzouki
Fiachna OBraonain   Acoustic Guitar
Liz Kane   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Yvonne Kane   Fiddle,Background Vocals
John Hoban   Vocals,Mandocello

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Arranger,Producer
Jim Murray   Arranger
Tom Skerritt   Engineer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Arranger
Sharon Shannon   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
John Dunford   Producer
Mary Shannon   Arranger
Carlos Núñez   Arranger
Aiden Foley   Mastering
Keith McDonnell   Digital Editing
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Jill Furmanovsky   Cover Photo
Fiachna OBraonain   Arranger
Liz Kane   Arranger
Yvonne Kane   Arranger
Hal O. Browne   Composer
Tom Skerritt   Engineer

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