Audio: Sharon Shannon

You’re up for some Irish accordion and fiddle, I just know you are. (Skip down to start listening and to rate the music.) Some years ago, I was lucky enough to first hear Sharon Shannon and the Woodchoppers in concert. What a rousing, joyous party of a show!

What I didn’t know until recently is that Shannon was part of The Waterboys for 18 months. No wonder I liked them right away.

I highly recommend her Live in Galway album. I don’t care for any of the other recordings. They sound fussy and overly gussied up to me. Shannon’s live performances are so perfectly wonderful and vital – case in point:

The Four Jimmy’s