Nov 11, 2021
Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to SHARON SHANNON as we take an
inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic
"Little Christmas" is the final episode of 2020. It features
Christmas music from The Jig Is Up, Cynthia Shelhart, Steel Clover,
Abbots Cross, Liz Madden, Laura MacKenzie, Reilly, Sharon Shannon,
deCeadaoin, Tiffany Schaefer, Emish, Stephanie Claussen, Celtic
Woman, Runa, The Selkie Girls
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And now on to Sharon Shannon
Playing the accordion puts you in a unique category in terms
of making music, and Sharon Shannon is one of the artists that has
that distinction. Interestingly, although she can and does play
Irish music, her career has continually spanned many different
musical genres, always bringing her own style and background along
with her for the ride. She is an experienced and dedicated
musician, and has worked with some huge names in the industry.
Among the people/bands she has recorded and performed with, you’ll
find well-respected (and well-known!) Irish names like Sinead
O’Connor, The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, and even Bono. In keeping
with her genre-jumping style though, you’ll also see her name has
appeared alongside other musical heavyweights, like Jackson Browne
and Wille Nelson. As if that isn’t testament enough to Shannon’s
musical abilities, she has also collaborated with John Prine,
Natalie McMaster, and even Japan’s Kodo Drummers!
Good musicians are always eager to expand their circle and
play with other talented people, and this is something that defines
Sharon Shannon. It is also something that has allowed her to grow,
and that has seasoned her as a musical artist. From classical, to
Cajun, to rap, Shannon has embraced all forms of music and in turn,
they have informed her approach and style along the way.
Interestingly, the Irish influence always does seem to shine
through though, no matter who she has paired herself with!
Shannon has a well-rounded selection of albums, but with the
holidays quickly approaching, nothing is more appropriate than than
the Christmas single, “Christmas Time Again”, which features her
accordion play front and center. It’s a nice, jolly romp—a bit more
updated than the old, standard carols--but with the same spirit of
fun. Pick this one up to add something different to your holiday
playlist, or to gift to a friend or relative that loves expanding
their collection of Christmas music. After all, there’s always a
little bit of room for the accordion…right?
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. Nollaig shona