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Sharon Shannon’s Globetrotting Songs

Sharon Shannon – Sacred Earth (Celtic Collections, 2017)

Irish accordionist is a masterful musician who is comfortable playing traditional music as well as exploring the musics from various world traditions. On Sacred Earth, Sharon Shanon collaborates with guitarist Justin Adams and kora player Seckou Keita who introduce an African element, incorporating West African sounds and Saharan blues.

There is still plenty of lively and melancholic Celtic music from Ireland and other lands as well, such as the wonderful Frenchie’s Reel that comes from northeastern North America and features the 6 great Shetland fiddlers.

Sacred Earth also features unexpected songs like the nostalgic American country-inspired “He’ll Have to Go” featuring Finbar Furey; an annoying hip hop song; and a great blues track featuring bluesman Greg Guy (Buddy Guy’s son), Australian duo Hat Fitz and Cara and harmonica Majiec Zawarone.

Sacred Earth is a masterfully-crafted album where traditional virtuoso Irish accordion meets the sounds of the globe.

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Towersey Festival Reveals 2018 Line-Up

Reid Bros, Richard Thompson, Beth Orton, Big Country and Sharon Shannon

British folk music festival Towersey has revealed the artists scheduled to perform this year. The festival will take place August 24-27, 2018 in Thame, Oxfordshire.

Headliners include The Proclaimers, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Beth Orton, Big Country and Sharon Shannon Band.

Other artists include Daphne & co, Martin, Blair & a Blackbeard, Fisherman’s Friends, Daphane’s Flight, Martyn Joseph, Martin Simpson, Peter Knight & John Spiers, Wildwood Kin, Faustus, Blair Dunlop, Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, and Blowzabella.

Towersey also includes workshops, creative quarter, all about children, youth activities, street theater, ceilidh, real ale bar, street food, spoken word & storytelling, films, free parking, camping.

Additional information: www.towerseyfestival.com

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