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Sharon Shannon & Band

With special guest Seckou Keita

Renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music but through all musical genre, Sharon Shannon has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. The Irish accordionist has had multi-platinum albums and several No. 1 albums, singles and DVDs in Ireland. The genre-defying star’s album Galway Girl went four times platinum in Ireland and she is also the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.

Joined by her band, Jim Murray (acoustic guitar), Jack Maher (electric guitar, vocals) and Sean Regan (fiddle, percussion and beatbox), Sharon Shannon will perform music from her many albums throughout the years, including Sacred Earth.

Sacred Earth features many tracks with African influences and indeed African musicians as collaborators and guests. Senegalese Kora player Seckou Keita joins Sharon and her band, as a special guest on the Sacred Earth UK tour 2019.

Seckou Keita has become one of the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through his music. He has appeared alongside a host of respected artists including Paul Weller, Bassekou Kouyate, and Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians; and recorded with artists such as Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa. His collaboration with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, resulted in their award-winning albums Clychau Dibon and SOAR.

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