Riverside Theatres presents
sharon shannon band
With Susan O’Neill (aka) SON
Sharon Shannon the button accordion player from Co Clare, Ireland is a multi award-winning musician who has has a legendary reputation having 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.
She is famous for bringing together a wide variety of music genres, allowing her to weave her own unique style into the fields of African, Country, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Blues, Jazz, Dance and Classical. Sharon is one of Ireland’s best-known musicians, a former member of the Scottish-Irish band The Waterboys and a gifted solo artist.
Supporting Sharon and her band on this tour is the prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill (aka SON), also from Co Clare. Having been compared to both Adele and Florence and the Machine, SON’s soulful and husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold. The amazing range of her gritty vocal combined with her superb guitar technique, her loop pedals and trumpet, make for a truly unforgettable musical experience.
Susan delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old and new. Her inspirational fusion of soulful Irish folk and her own acclaimed original material makes for an entertaining and enchanting musical experience.
Date & Time
Sunday 3 March at 6pm
JIM MURRAY – Guitar
Jim Murray plays with passion and maturity. With the Sharon Shannon Band he has brought his powerful rhythmic playing to the attention of audiences worldwide. At 10 years old he started playing the guitar, by the time he was 13 he was a regular in his father’s Ceili Band, travelling the length and breadth of Ireland and England to play at dances. At University College Cork he formed his own band, The Living Tradition, and met Seamus Begley after playing support for him. Jim has quickly gained a reputation for his exciting style of playing and firmly established himself on the scene in Ireland, and as well as playing with Sharon Shannon, he has accompanied piping legend Liam O’ Flynn, accordion player Seamus Begley, Capercaillie, and Iarla O Lionaird and Martin Hayes of The Gloaming.
JACK MAHER – Electric Guitar & Mandolin
Jack Maher is from Dublin. Equally proficient as an acoustic and electric guitar player, Jack is also a singer in his own right and a songwriter. His songs have featured on many of Sharon Shannon’s recordings and one of his songs has been recorded by Eddi Reader. He fronts his own band- the Jack Maher trio.
As well as guitar Jack plays mandolin and banjo and his live work and recordings brought him to perform with Van Morrison, Eddi Reader, Declan O Rourke, The High Kings, Mundy and many more. Jack has played and recorded with the Sharon Shannon Band for over 10 years.
SEAN REGAN – Fiddle
Sean developed a love for traditional Irish music in Manchester, which at the time was a melting pot of cultures. In the early nineties Sean joined Manchester’s Celtic-rock band Toss the Feathers, teaming up with flautist Michael McGoldrick. Having played the fiddle for almost thirty years Sean is in high demand for session and live performance in all areas; from traditional Irish music through to rock. He is instantly identifiable for his versatile sweet fiddle playing and unique sensitivity. Sean has played and recorded with some amazing musicians, including: Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Tim O’Brien, Michael McGoldrick Big Band, Glen Hansard, Andrea Corr, Finbar Fury and The Rambling Boys