An accordionist behind the Irish hit Galway Girl will take centre stage at Milton Theatre in March.
Button accordion player Sharon Shannon will be joined by her band and fellow Irishwoman and singer Susan O’Neill for one night on Friday, March 1 in Milton.
Shannon’s 12 studio recorded albums to date have all been 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 four-times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for the most downloaded song.
Shannon’s career took a massive upward trajectory when in the late 80s she was asked to joined the seminal rock band The Waterbodys.
Her first show with that band, to an audience of 50,000, was the on main stage at perhaps the most well-known music festival on earth-Glastonbury.
Her subsequent debut album was released worldwide and was to become the biggest selling record by a traditional artist in Ireland.
She has entertained US Presidents Clinton at the White House and Obama in Dublin and Irish Presidents Robinson and MacAleese on presidential visits to Poland and Australia respectively. She recently accompanied Irish president Michael D. Higgins on his official tour of China.
Shannon will be joined by Jim Murray on guitar, Jack Maher on guitar and mandolin and Sean Regan on fiddle.
O’Neill, also from County Clare, joins Shannon to deliver a husky-voiced performance to behold.
Using guitar, harmonica, trumpet and a loop pedal, O’Neill delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old and new.
Her inspirational fusion of soulful Irish folk and her own acclaimed original material makes for an entertaining and enchanting musical experience.
Having been compared to both Adele and Florence and the Machine by Pure M, O’Neill has, so early in her career, picked up many fans including U2s Bono.
Tickets from $49, 8pm to 10.30pm, Friday, March 1 at Milton Theatre.