by Sharon Shannon


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Part of Sharon Shannon's appeal -- besides her huge ability on both accordion and fiddle -- is her willingness to ignore musical boundaries and color outside the liens, as she's shown on previous albums. With Libertango she does that, but this time the results aren't as successful as they've been in the past. The opener, "The Whitestrand Sling," mixes her playing with a Latin brass section in a combination that works surprisingly well, then she goes and ruins the moment with a dour take on the Fleetwood Mac chestnut "Albatross" that never makes it off the ground. Sinéad O'Connor sings on a couple of cuts, and a vocal from the late Kirsty MacColl graces a superb version of Astor Piazzolla's title cut (which originally saw the light of day in 1996). Perhaps the strangest, and certainly most intriguing, cut is "An Phailistin" featuring Roisin Elsafty, a Gaelic language piece about the suffering of the Palestinians. Heartfelt as it is, the happy instrumental accompaniment is strikingly at odds with the subject. Then the closer, "What You Make It (Dad Da Da Da)" brings in rapper Marvel; nice idea, and it works better than it should. So, ultimately, a hit-and-miss grab bag from Shannon. But she can never be accused of complacency, and for every experiment that doesn't work, there's one that does.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397439228
catalogNumber: 974392
Rank: 235924


  1. The Whitestrand Sling
  2. Libertango @@ Kirsty McColl
  3. Duncan’s
  4. An Phailistín @@ Roísín Elsafty and the Elsafty family
  5. Albatross
  6. Hogs & Heifers
  7. The Seven Rejoices of Mary @@ Sinéad O'Connor
  8. All the Ways You Wander @@ Pauline Scanlon
  9. The Burst Mattress
  10. Space Party
  11. Anachie Gordon @@ Sinéad O'Connor
  12. The Wishing Well
  13. What You Make It (da da da) @@ Marvel & Lady K

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Shannon   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Accordion,Vocals,Various,Low Whistle,Group Member
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Bodhran,Vocal Harmony
Kirsty MacColl   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Murray   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
James Blennerhassett   Double Bass,Group Member
Richie Buckley   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Nollaig Casey   Fiddle,Viola
Steve Cooney   Guitar
James Delaney   Piano,Hammond Organ,Group Member
Graham Henderson   Piano
Trevor Hutchinson   Double Bass
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Reynolds   Drums
Steve Wickham   Fiddle
Mary Shannon   Banjo,Mandolin,Group Member
Ray Fean   Drums
Stephen McDonnell   Trumpet,Group Member
Jason Duffy   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Rupert Christie   Bass
Lady K   Background Vocals
Karl Ronan   Trombone,Group Member
Pauline Scanlon   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Danny Byrt   Percussion
Treasa Ni Cheannabháin   Vocal Harmony
Hassan Elsafty   Vocal Harmony
Naisrín Elsafty   Vocal Harmony
Róisín Elsafty   Vocals
Zahrah Elsafty   Vocal Harmony
Wild Bullocks   Track Performer
Marvel   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Composer,Producer
Billy McComiskey   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Jim Murray   Arranger
Tommy Peoples   Composer
Sharon Shannon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Richie Buckley   Arranger
Peter Green   Composer
Trevor Hutchinson   Arranger
Tim Martin   Engineer
Chris Newman   Composer
Sinéad O'Connor   Arranger
Ian Stanley   Engineer
Steve Wickham   Arranger
John Dunford   Producer,Audio Production
Mary Shannon   Arranger,Composer
Keith McDonnell   Engineer
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Peter Browne   Composer
John Spillane   Composer
Richard Forde   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
D.R. MacDonald   Composer
Rupert Christie   Composer,Programming,Producer
Nóirín Ní Riain   Arranger

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