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Out the Gap
Sharon Shannon
Out the Gap
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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The baby-boomers who have led the Irish folk-music revival have long had an aversion to drum & bass, viewing these dance-band implements as a betrayal of tradition and a sellout to commercialism. As a result their records ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sharon Shannon
Title: Out the Gap
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Green Linnet
Release Date: 2/21/1995
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 048248309929

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The baby-boomers who have led the Irish folk-music revival have long had an aversion to drum & bass, viewing these dance-band implements as a betrayal of tradition and a sellout to commercialism. As a result their records have often been dazzling in the higher ranges but undernourished on the bottom, where only the bodhran and bouzouki hold sway. Sharon Shannon has no such compunctions, and she features drum & bass on eight of the dozen numbers on her second solo album, Out the Gap. The accordionist, who has toured as part of the Waterboys, has reinforced the rhythmic bottom of traditional Celtic music and given it a balance it has long needed. When she plays the bouncy melody to the old reel, "The Dunmore Lasses," for example, Paul Blake's drum kit and Trevor Hutchinson's electric double bass make the bounce harder and higher. Thus it's no surprise when Shannon's accordion solo gives way to Richie Buckley's sax solo. The all-instrumental album draws its material from traditional Irish, French-Canadian, Finnish, and American sources as well as from modern fiddlers in Scotland, Chicago, and County Mayo. Shannon is a solid squeezebox player, but it's not her virtuosity so much as her arrangement ideas which make this album sound so fresh. --Geoffrey Himes

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Lively and fun.
Kevin L. Nenstiel | 03/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got this cd after seeing Sharon Shannon live. She and her band are terrific musicians, and this album shows them off wonderfully. Many of the tunes are upbeat ones that are lively and fun. I always have to play the cd through at least twice because I'm never ready for it to end."
I guess I get to be the bad guy
Kevin L. Nenstiel | Kearney, Nebraska | 02/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If the current Celtic music fashion has only one lasting effect, I hope it's to renew the reputation of the accordion, an instrument much maligned for its association with snoozer music from a less hip generation. Sharon Shannon serves up a steaming hot dish of not-your-daddy's-accordion music, and if it doesn't make you want to get up and dance, we might as well lay you six by six in the ground right now."
Fabulous Album
03/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had never heard of Sharon Shannon until a friend of mine insisted I listen to Out The Gap. I ran out and bought my own copy the next day. This is a stunning album. Every track is great. It gets richer every time I play it, and I've played it maybe 500 times. I'm sure most people have never heard of Sharon. I don't know whether to tell the world or keep her our little secret. When your tastes grow up and you get tired of the sludge that passes for "music" these days, come home to Sharon Shannon. You'll be glad you did."