Sharon Shannon may be diminutive in size but has a huge amount of talent. Accompanied in this concert with her fellow Irish countryman Alan O’Connor she revisited her last 21 years of recording and delighted this sell-out crowd.
Sharon wowed this appreciative audience from the outset playing her favoured 2-row button accordion as though her life depended on it. Slipping seamlessly from jigs to reels to slow airs Sharon showed why she has been at the top of her business for over two decades.
Tunes were played from Portugal, Finland, Scotland as well as Ireland.
Not satisfied with playing traditional tunes Sharon again showed her enormous talent and repertoire by playing some classical tunes as well. Most tunes were from previous albums although some had been altered to fit in with her latest album.
Whilst the accordion is her favoured instrument, it is not her only one. She is also very adept on the whistles and fiddle, both of which were played on this entertaining evening.
Sharon was accompanied by Alan O’Connor on piano and electric guitar, which gave a new dimension to her work. Indeed it was Alan that encouraged her to revisit some of her older material and change it.
He is an immensely talented musician in his own right and had the audience gasping when in one set he alternated between the two instruments and at one point was literally playing both the piano and electric guitar at the same time. A definite “wow” moment that had the crowd talking enthusiastically after the concert was finished.
Danny Matheson (Presenter at Celtic Music Radio)