After several years’ touring with her eponymous Big Band, and in characteristically bold contrast to Flying Circus, her 2012 live album with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish accordion genius Sharon Shannon’s current live format partners her one-on-one with multi-instrumentalist and singer Alan Connor.
Freshly distilled material, from across Shannon’s 23-year back catalogue, is further enriched by O’Connor’s ingenious live looping of his piano, mandolin and guitar accompaniment.
Her high -octane brand of trad music, is complimented by Alan Connor, who provides a new and highly effective accompaniment. With the use of a foot-stomp providing the beat and his boogie-woogie style on the piano, his music owes its origins in sound more to the tradition of New Orleans and the old blues masters than any Irish tradition. Alan also plays electric guitar and with the use of loops manages to combine all these instruments simultaneously.
This provides a perfect match for Sharon's ripping accordion and the duo can easily segue from a Ledbelly song into a newly composed reel by Sharon without missing a beat or batting an eyelid.
Sparks fly between this pair as the energy and sound created by both together is at once powerful and compelling.