The Sharon Shannon Quartet Tickets

The Stoller Hall, Manchester
Saturday 5th Feb 2022 7:30pm
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Sharon Shannon’s new albums will CELEBRATE 3O YEARS and will feature 30
previously unreleased tracks. They will be released in two distinct parts starting with
The Winkles Tapes (1989) releasing November 8th 2019. Sixteen tracks from
The Winkles Tapes (1989) will form the first part of this release with a further 14
exclusive, tri-weekly tracks to follow that showcase the wide and diverse scope of
Sharon’s incredible 30-year musical journey. All the tracks will then be compiled and
on her 30th Anniversary album for release November 2020.
The Story Behind the Winkles Tapes
In May 1989, Sharon Shannon began work on her first album at Winkles Hotel
Kinvara, Co Galway. This recording session lasted three days and featured guest
appearances by some of the biggest names in Irish music including Donal Lunny,
Gerry O’Beirne, Mary Shannon, Eoin O’Neill, The Waterboys’ Mike Scott and U2’s
Adam Clayton.
In June later that same year, Sharon became a member of The Waterboys; toured
and recorded with them for 18 months before returning to her debut album. By this
time, Sharon had become very influenced by the variety of musical styles played by
The Waterboys: the instrumentation in particular. Sharon had discovered drumkits,
Hammond organ, brass and electric guitar, so when she returned to her debut
album, the approach to recording was very different to The Winkles Tapes.
And so these sessions went into storage for 30 years. In the intervening 30 years,
Sharon has recorded and released 10 studio albums, 4 live albums, 4 Compilations
and 4 Concert DVDs and has hit singles with Mundy, Imelda May, Dessie O’Halloran
and Damien Dempsey. Sharon’s musical journey has taken her all over the world
touring; sharing stages and collaborating with Shane McGowan, John Prine, Willy
Nelson, Johnny Depp, Jackson Browne, Christy Moore, Finbar Furey and Nigel
Kennedy to name a few.
Sharon was prompted to return to the Winkles Recordings in early 2019 by Waterboy
Mike Scott, who worked tirelessly compiling and editing the work into The Winkles
Tapes. Recorded live over 3 days direct onto tape, The Winkles Tapes (1989)
capture all the unpolished energy, spontaneity and authenticity of an Irish music
The Winkles Tapes is released on November 8th.

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