The Sharon Shannon Band - Celebration Series
Sharon Shannon's 1991 self-titled album is the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released in Ireland. The button accordion player from County Clare has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan .
Her 12 studio recorded albums to date have all been very different and groundbreaking mixing traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, rap, dance, African, French Canadian.
The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor (Irish Grammy) award two years running for the most downloaded song. She's also the youngest recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sharon grew up in a rural community and was part of a family that all play musical instruments and traditional Irish music.
Jim Murray plays guitar with passion and maturity. With the Sharon Shannon Band he has brought his powerful rhythmic playing to the attention of audiences worldwide. Jim has quickly gained a reputation for his exciting style of playing and firmly established himself on the scene in Ireland.
Equally proficient as an acoustic and electric guitar player, Jack Maher is also a singer in his own right and a songwriter. His songs have featured on many of Sharon Shannon’s recordings and one of his songs has been recorded by Eddi Reader. He fronts his own band, the Jack Maher Trio.
Sean Regan developed a love for traditional Irish music in Manchester, which at the time was a melting pot of cultures. In the early nineties Sean joined Manchester's Celtic-rock band Toss the Feathers, teaming up with flautist Michael McGoldrick. Having played the fiddle for almost thirty years, Sean is in high demand for session and live performance in all areas; from traditional Irish music through to rock. He is instantly identifiable for his versatile sweet fiddle playing and unique sensitivity.