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Sharon Shannon: Now and Then – Celebrating 30 years at the forefront of Irish Music  

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In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to the Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys.

In the 30 years that have elapsed since then, 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 Willie Nelson, Bono, Johnny Depp, Shane MacGowan and John Prine, to Nigel Kennedy and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and had many hit records including ‘The Galway Girl’ with Steve Earle, ‘It’s Christmastime Again’ with Wallis Bird and ‘Go Tell the Devil’ with Imelda May.

In 2021, Fáilte Ireland and TG4 joined forces with Sharon on a travel and music programme called Heartlands. 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 (HothouseFlowers)’ 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 Now and Then to celebrate 30 years at the forefront of Irish Music.

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