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Sharon Shannon is one of the most popular Irish folk musicians of this, or any, generation and we are delighted to have this wonderful artiste closing a weekend of wonderful female musicianship at the South Beach Sessions
Sharon, from Co. Clare, played accordion and fiddle from an early age along with other members of her family.
She has toured with the Waterboys and released her best selling eponymous album, ‘Sharon Shannon’ in 1991. In 2000 she recorded the world No.1 song ‘Galway Girl’ with Steve Earle that was to feature on the international film P.S I Love You. In March 2009 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Meteor Music Achievements ceremony in Dublin.
Beginning with Irish folk music, her work demonstrates a wide-ranging number of musical influences, including reggae, cajun music, Portuguese music, and French Canadian music. Her single What You Make It (da, da, da, da) featured hip hop music artists. She won the lifetime achievement award at the 2009 Meteor Awards.
Sharon began her own recording career in 1989, working with producer John Dunford and musicians such as Adam Clayton, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham. This led to Shannon's joining their band, The Waterboys. She was with the band for eighteen months, and contributed both accordion and fiddle to their Room to Roam album. Her first world tour was with The Waterboys.