SAY the word “accordion” and one name immediately springs to mind.
Sharon Shannon’s a living legend yet quite possibly the most modest of Irish performers.
She’s managed to make the box cool for a whole new generation while the genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales, several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country.
A prolific composer, she also had a cameo appearance in Neil Jordan’s Ondine with Colin Farrell.
Her talent’s led her to entertain US President Bill Clinton as well as Irish counterparts Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese and the Sultan of Brunei.
Fittingly her Kilkenny gig’s to be performed at Kyteler’s Inn, a venue synonymous with great entertainment.
It’s sure to be a great night led by the woman whose collaborations have seen her weave her magic through a variety of musical genres including hip-hop, Cajun, country, classical, rap and of course traditional Irish.
With similar variety Shannon’s toured with Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan.
The gig’s at 9pm on Friday. Tickets (20 euro excluding booking fee) are available from Rollercoaster Records.
Stars of Our Bars
THE bid to find the ultimate Star of Our Bars continues this week.
More contenders for the county semi-finals were selected over the weekend from two venues.
Malzard’s in Stoneyford saw Stevie Connors, Cecelia Molyneaux, Steve Bailey and Aideen Dermody go through.
While Rafter Dempseys winners were Aoife Lyons, Natasha Knox, Tara Brown and The Castle Towers Set Dancing Group.
The last of the city venue finals takes place in Pat Carroll’s this Friday from 9.30pm.
Then the contest steps up a gear with the Kilkenny semi-finals set to start the week after next.
Winners will go onto the regional then national finals, hopefully following in the footsteps of Danesfort’s Shona Lanigan who took the inaugural top title and prize fund of 7,500 euro.