The Sharon Shannon Collection 1990-2005

The Sharon Shannon Collection 1990-2005

by Sharon ShannonSharon Shannon


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One of the most gifted and adventurous musicians of her generation, Ireland's accordionist nonpareil Sharon Shannon is well served by this double-CD overview of her work as a solo artist and accompanist. Stateside roots fans may know her only from her memorable contribution to Steve Earle's "The Galway Girl" (included here), but they'll be hooked on her wide-ranging music, which embraces alt-country, reggae, Latin music, and, of course, her Irish roots. Shannon's solo work (contained on Disc 1) shows her right at home adding a jaunty solo over "Cavan Potholes," which further develops into a loping, jazz-tinged dialogue between the accordion, fiddle, burbling electric keyboards, and robust tenor sax. Irish and Chilean sensibilities intertwine in the decidedly south of the border–style ""El Mercado Testaccio," with Shannon's lively lines sparring with guitar, hammer dulcimer, bouzoki, and bodhran bass. Traditional Irish tunes, a Portuguese dance number, a Finnish folk tale -- there seems to be no ethnic strain Shannon and her mates haven't explored with stirring results. Disc 2 features Shannon accompanying others, including a lovely, lilting take on "Man of Constant Sorrow" by Jackson Browne; a rustic, folk-flavored "Love Love Love," with John Prine and Mary Staunton; a country blues ballad treatment of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," with Declan O'Rourke; and a haunting, noir-ish rendition of Astor PIazzolla's "Libertango," with a sultry vocal by Kirsty MacColl. Riches abound here; this will have you listening to Irish music with new ears.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2006
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397441924
catalogNumber: 4419
Rank: 62079

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Shannon   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Accordion,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Low Whistle,Melodeon
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Bodhran,Electric Bouzouki
David Hayes   Keyboards
Jackson Browne   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Earle   Vocals
Kirsty MacColl   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Prine   Guitar,Vocals
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Keyboards,Vocals
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle,Violin,Viola
James Blennerhassett   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Conor Brady   Electric Guitar
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Richie Buckley   Synthesizer,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nollaig Casey   Fiddle,Viola
Steve Cooney   Bass,Guitar
James Delaney   Piano,Hammond Organ
Dave Early   Drums
Tom Hayes   Jew's Harp,Triangle
Graham Henderson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Henry Holder   Keyboards
Trevor Hutchinson   Bass,Double Bass
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Piano
Steve Wickham   Fiddle
Mary Shannon   Banjo,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Ray Fean   Drums
Lloyd Byrne   Percussion,Drums
Stephen McDonnell   Trumpet
Mary Custy   Fiddle
Brian Connor   Piano
Barry Carroll   Hammered Dulcimer
Anthony Thistlewaite   Hammond Organ
Donogh Hennessy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Liz Kane   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Yvonne Kane   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Ger Kiely   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nollaig Ni Chathasaigh   Fiddle
Jason Duffy   Percussion,Drums
Rupert Christie   Bass
Karl Ronan   Trombone
Damien Dempsey   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tim Edey   Bass,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Guitar (Nylon String)
Declan O'Rourke   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dessie O'Halloran   Fiddle,Vocals
Paul Blake   Drums
Maurice Lennon   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Billy McComiskey   Composer
Jackson Browne   Arranger,Song Notes
Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Tom Skerritt   Engineer
Dennis Bovell   Producer,Engineer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Arranger
Sharon Shannon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Song Notes
Richie Buckley   Arranger
Steve Cooney   Arranger,Engineer
Henry Holder   Engineer
Trevor Hutchinson   Arranger,Composer
Tim Martin   Engineer
Sinéad O'Connor   Arranger
Ian Stanley   Engineer
Steve Wickham   Arranger
John Dunford   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mary Shannon   Arranger
Keith McDonnell   Producer,Engineer
Lloyd Byrne   Arranger
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Oisin Lunny   Composer,Programming,beats
Peter Browne   Composer
Dan R. MacDonald   Composer
Robert Trognée   Composer
Donogh Hennessy   Arranger,Composer
Richard Forde   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Yvonne Kane   Arranger
Ger Kiely   Arranger
Robbie Overson   Composer
Rupert Christie   Composer,Programming,Producer
Damien Dempsey   Arranger
Tim Edey   Composer,Engineer
Dessie O'Halloran   Arranger,Song Notes
Paul Blake   Engineer

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