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Portlaoise Trad Fest presents

Sharon Shannon

Now and Then Tour

Friday 3rd May 2024, 8pm


Sharon Shannon shadow outline playing an accordion against a bright background

Celebrating 30 years at the forefront of Irish Music and the Opening Night of Portlaoise Trad Fest 2024!

In June 1989, Sharon Shannon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys. In the intervening 30 years, Sharon has recorded 10 studio albums; 5 Live albums , 4 Best of compilations and 3 live Concert DVDs.
She has received many awards including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009. She has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willy Nelson, Bono, Johnny Depp, Shane Mc Gowan and John Prine, to Nigel Kennedy and the RTE Concert Orchestra and had many hit records including The Galway Girl with Steve Earle, Its Christmastime Again with Wallis Bird and Go Tell the Devil with Imelda May.

Fáilte Ireland and TG4 joined forces with Sharon on a new travel and music programme ‘Heartlands’ in August-September 2021. The four-week series, featured Sharon and her niece Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin showcasing the Shannon River region across Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands while catching up with a host of musical friends, such as Liam O’Maonlaoi (Hothouse Flowers), Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Eleanor Shanley, Nathan Carter, The Henshaws, Seamus Begley, Mundy, Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor and Susan O’Neill. In 2023, Sharon released a new compilation album 'Then and Now' to celebrate 30 years at the forefront of Irish Music.

Don’t miss this chance to catch Sharon Shannon and guests live on the Opening Night of the 2nd Annual Portlaoise Trad Fest!
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