Sharron Shannon burst onto the music scene in the very early nineteen nineties with her unique and mesmerising playing of the accordion. Sharron Shannon has been described as the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion, and plays with a wonderful spirit and zest. She can also turn her hand to the fiddle and tin whistle. Her contemporary style of traditional Irish music has reached new audiences and opened up the interpretation of traditional tunes.
Growing up in the village of Ruan (near Corofin) she was continually exposed to folk traditional music. Her parents were set dancers and all four of the children played instruments, starting with tin whistles; she started the accordion when she was 11
Her awesome talent is instantly recognisable, so much so that her first solo recording in 1989 featured household names such as Dónal Lunny, The Waterboys frontman Mike Scott and Adam Clayton from U2 amongst others. A Late Late Show tribute to Shannon firmly established her as a household name and the release of her eponymous album has gone on to be the most successful Irish traditional album ever to be released.