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Seamus Finneran presents

Sharon Shannon Band & Susan O'Neill aka SON

Wednesday 06 March 2019 (opening 7.00pm)

at Thornbury Theatre - Ballroom ( venue info )
859 High St, Thornbury VIC
https://www.thethornburytheatre.com

Thornbury Theatre 18+. Children under 18 are permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian

Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees Additional delivery fees from $1.00 apply per order.

General Admission $56.10
Reserved Seating $61.75
Dinner + Show $101.00

Multi award-winning accordionist Sharon Shannon, has a legendary reputation. She is famous for bringing together a wide variety of music genres, allowing her to weave her own unique style into the fields of African, Country, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Blues, Jazz, Dance and Classical

Sharon is one of Ireland's best-known musicians, a former member of the Scottish-Irish band "THE WATERBOYS" and a gifted solo artist.

Sharon has worked with many celebrities from the world of music, including world stars such as Bono and Adam of U2, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne and Nigel Kennedy.

Sharon Shannon the button accordion player from Co Clare, Ireland has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane McGowan.

Her 12 studio recorded albums to date have all been very different and groundbreaking mixing traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, rap, dance, African, French Canadian.

The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for the most downloaded song.

Sharon grew up in a rural community and was part of a family that all play musical instruments and traditional Irish music.

However, her career took a massive upward trajectory when in the late 80s she was asked to joined the seminal rock band The Waterbodys. Her first show with that band, to an audience of 50,000, was the on main stage at perhaps the most well-known music festival on earth-Glastonbury.

Her subsequent debut album was released worldwide and was to become the biggest selling record by a traditional artiste in Ireland.

She has entertained US Presidents Clinton at the White House and Obama in Dublin and Irish Presidents Robinson and MacAleese on presidential visits to Poland and Australia respectively. She recently accompanied Irish president Michael D. Higgins on his official tour of China

Among the many awards she has received including Hot Press and Meteor Awards, she also celebrates being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award.  She received an IBAM Award in Chicago in 2015 for her ‘unique contribution to Irish Music’. Other recipients were Darina Allen and actor Liam Neeson.

Her music has been featured in several Hollywood movies and she also played a cameo role in the Neil Jordan movie ‘Ondine’. She has worked on a stage production of JM Synges ‘ The Playboy of the Western World’ which was directed by Jim Sheridan.

In March 2017, Sharon released her 10th studio album Sacred Earth. A ground-breaking album once again from Sharon. Produced by Justin Adams,this album mixes Irish music with  African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose. 

Sacred Earth was inspired by a visit to New Mexico in early 2015, where Sharon performed with Native American musicians Arvel Bird and Steve Rushingwind. Sharon was the first non- Native American artiste to perform at Acoma Pueblo , outside of Albuquerque.

The Indian peoples philosophy had a profound affect on Sharon and she reconnected with Justin Adams (producer and guitarist with Robert Plant) who has worked closely with many African musicians over the years, to co-produce Sacred Earth.

A vegetarian for many years, Sharon recently adopted the vegan diet and is passionate about animal welfare, giving much of her spare time to this cause. Sharon is also an Ambassador to Missionvale Ireland, an agency based in South Africa which helps combat poverty and homelessness in that region.

Jim Murray – Guitar - Biog

Jim Murray plays with passion and maturity. With the Sharon Shannon Band he has brought his powerful rhythmic playing to the attention of audiences worldwide. At 10 years old he started playing the guitar, by the time he was 13 he was a regular in his father's Ceili Band, travelling the length and breadth of Ireland and England to play at dances. At University College Cork he formed his own band, The Living Tradition, and met Seamus Begley after playing support for him. Jim has quickly gained a reputation for his exciting style of playing and firmly established himself on the scene in Ireland, and as well as playing with Sharon Shannon, he has accompanied piping legend Liam O' Flynn, accordion player Seamus Begley, Capercaillie, and Iarla O Lionaird and Martin Hayes of The Gloaming.

Jack Maher – Electric Guitar & Mandolin - Biog

Jack Maher is from Dublin. Equally proficient as an acoustic and electric guitar player, Jack is also a singer in his own right and a songwriter. His songs have featured on many of Sharon Shannon’s recordings and one of his songs has been recorded by Eddi Reader. He fronts his own band- the Jack Maher trio.

As well as guitar Jack plays mandolin and banjo and his live work and recordings brought him to perform with Van Morrison, Eddi Reader, Declan O Rourke, The High Kings, Mundy and many more. Jack has played and recorded with the Sharon Shannon Band for over 10 years.

Sean Regan – Fiddle - Biog

Sean developed a love for traditional Irish music in Manchester, which at the time was a melting pot of cultures.  In the early nineties Sean joined Manchester's Celtic-rock band Toss the Feathers, teaming up with flautist Michael McGoldrick. Having played the fiddle for almost thirty years Sean is in high demand for session and live performance in all areas; from traditional Irish music through to rock. He is instantly identifiable for his versatile sweet fiddle playing and unique sensitivity.  Sean has played and recorded with some amazing musicians, including: Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Tim O’Brien, Michael McGoldrick Big Band, Glen Hansard, Andrea Corr, Finbar Fury and The Rambling Boys

The Ballroom is located on the first floor of the venue. We have a disabled access lift to the Ballroom and a ramp for access up 3 stairs to the main floor. If you have any access needs, contact the venue beforehand to arrange assistance if required.

Thornbury Theatre is happy to offer companion cards on a request basis. For further information please contact us directly on 1300 762 545.

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian
Photo Drivers Licence or Passport.* Children under 18 are permitted if
accompanied by a parent or guardian* Intoxicated persons will not be
admitted * No steel cap boots. The promoter reserves the right to refuse
admission to any person *