Sharon Shannon has won the hearts, minds and souls of people all over the world. Her live and recorded collaborations are the stuff of legends.
She records and tours the world with her Four Piece, Big Band and more recently, an Orchestra.
This Friday (Feb 15th) at 5pm however, she will be making a special appearance at the quayside in Carrick to mark the official launch of Carrick-on-Shannon 400.
Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips ... literally!
The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion ‘cool’ in her home country.
Sharon is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap.
Sharon 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, Mark Knopfler, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent.
She has entertained US President Bill Clinton and Irish Presidents Robinson and MacAleese and more recently The Sultan of Brunei in Australia. Indeed this Friday she will continue that tradition as Irish President Michael D. Higgins will be in attendance at the official opening.
Sharon’s concert at The Dock last year was a sell out and left a long waiting list of people who didn’t manage to get tickets.
The great news is that this time you will be guaranteed to see and hear her at arguably the most exciting public event that Carrick-on-Shannon has hosted in years.
Spring Visual Arts Exhibition
Straight after the fireworks launching Carrick 400 The Dock invites you to the opening of our Spring visual arts exhibition of two soloshows; Dublin-based painter Mark Joyce shows in Gallery 1 along with 1970’s New York experimental filmmaker Hollis Frampton in Gallery 2 & 3.
Both artists share a fascination with scientific principles that inform their art; Joyce with the physics of light and colour and how it relates to painting and perception and Frampton with mathematics as a scheme for ordering his complex films that deal with language and cinema history.
An evening of Poetry
Straight after the exhibition opening there is an evening of poetry, entry to which is free. Readings by Mary Branley, Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons, Geraldine Mills and Michael O’Loughlin will take place in the performance space of The Dock.
The work of these four poets has been recognised by the award of a Kavanagh Fellowship.
The reading will begin at 8.30pm. Admission is free and tickets can be reserved by contacting the box office on 071 96 50828.