Sharon Shannon comes from Clare on the West coast of Ireland, an area historically steeped in music. She began playing music as a young child and while still in her teens was asked by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, The Field) to provide the music for his stage production of Behan’s The Hostage. She began her solo recording career in l989.
The Waterboys’ producer, John Dunford, gathered together a wide variety of musicians including Donal Lunny, Philip King, Mary Custy, U2’s Adam Clayton, Steve Wickham, and Mike Scott. Shortly after this Mike asked Sharon to join him in The Waterboys.
In 1996 Sharon became amongst a host of international musicians, Bono and Adam Clayton, Kate Bush, Christy Moore and Sinead O’Connor to appear on the EMI album «Common Ground».
Sharon is a traditional musician in the loosest sense of the word, her influences are all ‘traditional’ but from various parts of the globe - Reggae, Breton, Cajun, Gypsy and Scandinavian are just some of the sounds you will hear on any of Sharon’s eclectic albums.