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Spellbound: the Best of Sharon Shannon
Sharon Shannon
Spellbound: the Best of Sharon Shannon
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music
 
Mama's got a squeezebox, and she definitely knows how to play it. For a decade, Ireland's Sharon Shannon has been nibbling at the edges of folk, taking a lot of chances, and making some glorious music. This summary of her...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sharon Shannon
Title: Spellbound: the Best of Sharon Shannon
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Independent
Release Date: 4/6/2006
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music
Styles: World Dance, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 689232078669

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Mama's got a squeezebox, and she definitely knows how to play it. For a decade, Ireland's Sharon Shannon has been nibbling at the edges of folk, taking a lot of chances, and making some glorious music. This summary of her work shows just how far she's gone--teaming her playing with reggae producer Dennis Bovell was just one daring move--and how good she is, both on the accordion and the fiddle. Add in a bit of unreleased material (including some singing from former Waterboy Mike Scott) and you've got an excellent representation of her solo work to date. If this is what she's achieved in her first 10 years, the possibilities for the future are staggering. Worldly, wise, and completely wonderful. --Chris Nickson

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Great music! Great variety! Great price!
Lilting Banshee | Roseburg, OR USA | 11/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the favorite cd for everyone in our family (ages 9, 12, and 40-something parents). Sharon is accompanied by a variety of superb musicians on tunes from her previously released cd's. She's kinda like the Ry Cooder of Irish accordion music: she's at home in a variety of styles, excels at all of them, and makes music that's joyous and moving. She and her musical companions will definitely have you tapping your feet, if not dancing across the floor. If you like traditional Irish music or Irish music with an electric update, you'll like this. You may not realize how good an accordion can sound, til you've heard Sharon's dancing fingers. This cd will be right at home on your shelf with the Bothy Band, Altan, Solas, and Donal Lunny's Coolfin."
If you can't go to Clare, you can imagine you are there
Clodagh | sacramento CA | 12/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been to County Clare, and Shannon's music is pure there. I don't think you will find a fresher breath of Irish air anywhere on a CD. And as they say in Ireland, if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes. Sharon Shannon like the Irish weather blows alternately gentle and fierce. A great album."
Great Irish and Roots Music, Great Recording
Sharon and Peter Pollaczek | Roseburg, OR USA | 04/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This compilation of Sharon Shannon's accordion based music is simply wonderful. It is primarily Irish sounding music, but with a brew of American, Swedish, French Canadian, Scottish, and other ethnic tunes thrown in. The accompanying musicians are top notch and the melodic sound of accordion and fiddles is a treat. This is a long, harmonic, melodic, highly rhythmic, and well played CD, and I haven't tired of it after probably 10 listenings in the last 2 months. (My wife may be tired of hearing it--she just politely closed the door as I listen to this lively music once again..) If you like Irish and other ethnic tunes played musically, it's hard to imagine that this wouldn't become one of your favorites."