Sharon Shannon ‘Sharon Shannon’ CD (Solid)

Best known for her work with The Waterboys, this album was conceived as a solo project, that is before the accordion wiz took off for a year’s arduous touring with the Boys. But it was worth the wait. In true Irish style, so many guest musos dropped in that the solo project turned into a huge session featuring some of Ireland’s finest players. There are a few subtle deviations from what is largely an instrumental traditional Irish norm, including a traditional Portuguese dance and a touch of cajun and imaginative use of Hammond organ on many tracks. It’s a fine album that shows off the woman’s musical talent and virtuosity to the full.

Brian Parsons aka Zuppa Inglese