Sharon Shannon the button accordion player from Co Clare, has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. She is the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement award. Sharon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is best known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. There are Irish influences here, of course, but these are cheerfully mixed in with often unexpected styles from around the world.
TRIP, the new Glasgow based traditional band everybody is talking about, are Sharon Shannon’s special guests. The six members hail from Ireland, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. Their flute player, Sligo man, Tiernan Courell, who won the All Ireland Senior Flute title in Ennis this summer, explains “Trip’s music comes from the cultures and traditions of Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man. We are all students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and began playing together through informal sessions and instantly clicked through our shared love of traditional music.”
This Sligo Live show will be their first major Irish concert, but they have been performing regularly in Scotland and England. Tiernan Courell also featured as one of the Sligo Live Session musicians who made such an impression at the hugely-influential Cambridge Folk Festival over the past two years.