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Woodlands Hotel, Waterford. Saturday March 30th @ 8.00 p.m.
Sharon Shannon is one of Irelands most prestigious accordionist and it is little wonder that she is such an accomplished performer as she began performing at the tender age of eight. Sharon began performing with a local Clare band Disirt Tola and was touring the US with the band by the time she was fourteen. In the mid-80s, she studied the accordion with Karen Tweet and the fiddle with Frank Custy, and performed with the band Arcady, of which she was a founding member. During the late 1980s Shannon joined the Waterboys and honed her skills further. Sharon released her first solo album in 1991, to huge success and the musician has gone from strength to strength ever since to claim the accolade Irelands most-feted accordionist.
Mary Coughlan is one of the most renowned signers that the island off Ireland has ever borne. David Kelly writes of Coughlan as being “[a] unique blend of the whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky notes and laconic wit of Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee and the line of deep, down and dirty blues singers back to Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith with the sardonic, bitter-sweet defiance and despair of the Piaf chanteuse… Mary is our greatest female singer because over twenty-five years and ten albums she’s made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women” (htpps://www.marycoughlanmusic.com/).
Frances Black was born to an extremely musical family, which many hold as an Irish musical dynasty and as national treasures. Frances began her music career at the age of seventeen when she started singing with her siblings in the band The Black Family. In 1988 Frances joined the band Arcady and this afforded Frances the opportunity of to perform with Sharon Shannon. Frances left the band in 1992 and then then collaborated with Kieran Goss to release the album Frances Black and Kieran Goss with one of the songs from the album [Wall of Tears] featured on the iconic compilation album A Woman’s Heart. Frances gained great notoriety and admiration after a Guinness celebration of Irish Music tour, with twenty other Irish musicians, of Australia & New Zealand. Subsequently Frances released her first solo album in 1994 Talk to Me, which became an instant hit and spent eight weeks at number one in Ireland. Frances has gone onto release eight albums since and has earned a special place in the hearts & minds of music lovers the world over.
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