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Sharon Shannon (IE)

Sharon Shannon (born 12 November 1968 inbetween Ruan and Corofin, County Clare, Ireland; now living in Letterfrack, County Galway) is an Irish musician. She is best known for her work with the button accordion and her violin fiddle technique, but has also played the tin whistle. Her 1991 album Sharon Shannon is the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released in Ireland. Beginning with Irish folk music, her work demonstrates a wide-ranging number of musical influences, including reggae, cajun music, Portuguese music, and French Canadian music. She won the life time achievement award at the 2009 Meteor Awards.

Shannon began her own recording career in 1989, working with producer John Dunford and musicians such as...

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Alan Connor (IE)

From a musical family, Alan began singing and songwriting in his early teens and initially cut his teeth with several established local bands before forming the duo Equator with fellow Yorkshire musician Darren Fox. Together they signed a US record deal that provided them with useful insight into the music business, if not a hit record. Ultimately however, Equator was consigned to history and Alan stepped out on his own.

By 2001, Alan was developing his own distinctive dance pop sound and voice, writing and performing with powerhouse vocalist Lonnie Gordon on the song “Time Is Tight”. It was the hooky “Here In My Heart” however that would provide the initial flush of success in 2003, registering in many regional dance charts ...

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