The Celtic Connection presents
‘Galway Girl’ Sharon Shannon to perform in Denver March 1st
Comedian DR Kevin Fitzgerald to open for Irish Icon
When Sharon Shannon and her band take to the stage March 1st in Denver, folks will be watching an Irish music legend. For some, she might be far too young for that title, but in her particular field of Irish music, she’s a superstar! Last year she celebrated being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award.
Known for her virtuosity in playing, endless musical creativity, and her million dollar smile, the button accordion player from Co Clare,Ireland has 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 .
Sharon has a unique ability to fold, stir, and blend many types music into a delightful sounds like no other. Her 12 studio recorded albums to date have all been very different and groundbreaking mixing traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, rap, dance, African,French Canadian.
The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for the most downloaded song.
Sharon grew up in a rural community and was part of a family that all play musical instruments and traditional Irish music. However, her career took an massive upward trajectory when in the late 80s she was asked to joined the seminal rock band The Waterboys. Her first show with that band ,to an audience of 50,000 ,was the on main stage at perhaps the most well-known music festival on earth-Glastonbury.
Her subsequent debut album was released worldwide and was to become the biggest selling record by a traditional artist in Ireland.
In addition to the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award, Sharon has received many other awards including Ireland’s prestigious Hot Press and Meteor Awards. In 2015 she received an IBAM Award in Chicago for her ‘unique contribution to Irish Music’. Other recipients were Darina Allen and actor Liam Neeson.
Her music has been featured in several Hollywood movies and she also played a cameo role in the Neil Jordan movie ‘Ondine’. She has worked on a stage production of JM Synges ‘ The Playboy of the Western World’ which was directed by Jim Sheridan.
She co-wrote and produced an album with the High Kings in 2013. When not working on a book on her life, writing material for a new album, or performing or recording with other artists, Sharon, a passionate animal lover, does a lot of voluntary work and fundraising for various animal rescues .
In 2017, Sharon released her 10th studio album Sacred Earth. A ground breaking album once again from Sharon. Produced by Justin Adams, this album mixes Irish music with African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose. Sharon Shannon, always creative, always brilliant!
The Celtic Connection/Celtic Events Presents
SHARON SHANNON with Special Guest Comedian DR Kevin Fitzgerald
Show tips: Parking is free, the concert is All Ages Show so bring the family, The Soiled Dove Underground
is located below the Tavern at Lowry, open before, during, and after the concert.
Thursday March 1, 2018 7:30 PM Show 6:30 PM Doors
Soiled Dove Underground 7401 E. 1st Ave Denver
Reserved Seating: $25 and $30 at 303-777-0502