Sharon Shannon for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Sharon Shannon for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

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A sell-out performance by accordion virtuoso, Sharon Shannon is expected at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017.

The Clare native will perform with her band, on Saturday 19th August at the Shannon Aerodome in Ennis to the delight, not only of her home audience, but to Fleadh goers from all over Ireland and across the world. Sharon will perform music from her back catalogue but will showcase music from her new album Sacred Earth to be released on March 17th.

The Kilfenora Céilí Band will return with another exhilarating performance at the same venue on Wednesday 16th August.

Sharon said: “I am really thrilled and excited to be playing at the Fleadh this year. This is where I was born and reared and performing at the Fleadh in Ennis is something very special and a great honour.”

From Ruan, just outside Ennis, Sharon is not only a most accomplished and unique accordion player but she also plays a range of instruments from tin whistle to fiddle and melodeon. It’s the ease with which she plays, the energy she generates and the joy that she brings that makes her performance so distinctive.

Frank Whelan, Chairman of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 has expressed his real delight that Sharon has accepted the Committee’s invitation to top the bill.

“We could get no better news than confirmation that Sharon and her band will play at the Fleadh in August. Sharon was cradled in traditional music and grew under the tutelage of Frank Custy and a host of Clare musicians. She is a wonderful ambassador for traditional music, for the County and the Fleadh,’ he said.

Sharon Shannon’s debut album goes back to 1991 and it was the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released in Ireland. Her remarkable and adventurous career has seen her become a master-act and a tour-de-force.

The Kilfenora Céilí Band on stage is a performance of the highest standards in traditional music and this was reflected in the 2,000 plus audience, who came to hear them play in the Shannon Aerodome at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis last year. The band’s interpretation of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, broadcast on Fleadh TV, was one of the big hits of the 2016 Fleadh last August.

The energy of their music, the expertly choreographed dancing by Michael Donnellan and the sweet singing of Edel Vaughan simply carries the audience to another time and space. Joined by other guests, this traditional super group allows the rich musical heritage of their North Clare home village to lift the hearts and set the feet tapping and will electrify audiences once again in 2017.

(Tickets at €27.50 for Sharon Shannon from Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare www.glor.ie. Concert will be performed at Shannon Aerodome, Ennis on Saturday 19th August 2017. Tickets at €25 for the Kilfenora Céilí Band from Glór/See also www.fleadhcheoil.ie)

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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