The Spellbound: The Best of Sharon Shannon

The Spellbound: The Best of Sharon Shannon

by Sharon Shannon


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All of the albums that Sharon Shannon recorded for Green Linnet in the '90s are worth owning, but if you've never experienced the pleasures of her neo-Celtic experiments, Spellbound would be the most logical starting point. This CD, which spans 1989-1998, isn't the last word on the experimental button accordionist, but it can still serve as an impressive introduction to her work. Spellbound paints an accurate picture of Shannon -- an exploratory artist who benefits from Irish/Celtic traditions without being enslaved by them. On this eclectic, entirely instrumental collection, one hears Shannon fusing her Celtic foundation with pop, French-Canadian music, calypso, ska, polka, and other styles. Instruments typically associated with Celtic music -- including fiddles, mandolins, and hammer dulcimers -- are prominent, but Shannon also employs saxophonists, organists, and electric guitarists. There are many rewards on this CD, which illustrates how nicely Shannon's risk-taking has paid off.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397439723
catalogNumber: 974397
Rank: 208146

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Shannon   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Accordion,Button Accordion
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Keyboards,Bodhran,Electric Bouzouki
David Hayes   Keyboards
Tommy Peoples   Fiddle
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle,Viola
Conor Brady   Electric Guitar
Noel Bridgeman   Conga,Drums
Richie Buckley   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Synthesizer Saxophone
Adam Clayton   Acoustic Bass
Steve Cooney   Bass,Guitar,Didjeridu
Dave Early   Drums
Tom Hayes   Jew's Harp,Keyboards
Graham Henderson   Hammond Organ
Henry Holder   Keyboards
Trevor Hutchinson   Double Bass
Gerry O'Beirne   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,E-bow,national steel guitar
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Piano
Eoghan O'Neill   Bouzouki
Mike Scott   Guitar,Piano
Steve Wickham   Fiddle
Winifred Horan   Fiddle
Natalie MacMaster   Fiddle
John McSherry   Pipe,Human Whistle,Low Whistle
Mary Shannon   Banjo,Mandolin
Ray Fean   Drums
Mary Custy   Fiddle
Philip King   Harmonica
Phillip King   Harmonica
Brian Connor   Organ,Piano
Barry Carroll   Hammered Dulcimer
Anthony Thistlewaite   Mandolin,Hammond Organ
Nollaig Ni Chathasaigh   Fiddle
Paul Henderson Kelly   Mandolin
Paul Blake   Drums

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Producer
David Hayes   Arranger
Alasdair Fraser   Composer
Peter Ostroushko   Composer
Tommy Peoples   Contributor
Dennis Bovell   Producer
Adam Clayton   Contributor
Henry Holder   Engineer
Tim Martin   Engineer
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Contributor
Eoghan O'Neill   Arranger
Mike Scott   Producer,Contributor
Stuart Bruce   Engineer
Natalie MacMaster   Contributor
Denis   Engineer
John Dunford   Producer,Engineer,Management
Ray Fean   Arranger
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Pete Jones   Engineer
Oisin Lunny   Programming,beats
Traditional   Composer
Paul MacDonald   Engineer
Pete Jones   Engineer

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