April 27, 2021
The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO4 0JW.
Square Roots Promotions & TWR Present Sharon Shannon – Celebrating 30 Years!
Doors Open 7.30pm. Show Starts 8.00pm.
Tickets £20 (advance), £24 on the door (if not sold out).
Secure Online Ticket Sales: www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased at the Wedgwood Rooms Box Office: OPENING TIMES – Thursday & Friday from 3.30pm until 7.00pm (10.00pm on a show day), 12noon – 6.00pm on Saturdays and when the doors open for a Wedge event. Telephone calls and orders are taken from 12noon – 4.00pm Monday to Friday and 12noon – 6.00pm on Saturdays. Box Office: 02392 863911. ALSO – physical tickets will be available in the following shops: Pie & Vinyl (Castle Rd, Southsea), Southsea Gallery (Albert Rd, Southsea) and Harbour Records (High Street, Emsworth). You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve and pay online.
“One of the most popular performers in traditional Irish music, Shannon continues to pull at her defining genre like a cozy old favourite sweater!
Sharon Shannon is a musician who continues to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion ‘cool’ in her home country. Renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap.
“Sharon Shannon’s free-wheeling approach is what makes her so exciting. It’s a rousing reminder of why she is still so unique”
Sharon 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 – a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent.
While crossing–over into many genres of music, Sharon style is uniquely traditional Irish and she has been hugely influential in promoting Irish music not only in her own country but in the USA where she has collaborated with John Prine and Steve Earle/ Canada with Natalie Mc Master/ Japan with the Kodo Drummers/ Malawi with Umoza Children of Mzuzu and most recently recording and touring with Seckou Keita, Kora and percussion master from Senegal.
“Airs, jigs, reels, polkas, English dance tunes, reggae beats, French Canadian and Finnish fiddle tunes and tunes dedicated to West Indian singing legends – it really doesn’t get much more eclectic than this!”
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 award two years running for the most downloaded song.
Among the many awards she has received include Hot Press and Meteor Awards. She celebrates being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received an IBAM Award in Chicago in 2015 for her ‘unique contribution to irish Music’. Other recipients were Darina Allen and actor Liam Neeson.
As a recognition of her enormous contribution to Irish Music and Culture, Sharon was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Music from NUI Galway in October 2018.
“The Irish born squeeze box champ and fiddler, breaks more than a few preconceptions! You don’t have to be a fan of Celtic music to appreciate the command of Sharon Shannon!”