Missed an earlier news item? Visit the news archive.


Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘the greatest Irish musician of her generation”, Sharon Shannon and her Renegade line-up have just returned from a sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand. After the Brisbane show the Queensland Post reviewer wrote…’I can’t ever remember feeling so lifted and exhilarated by a performance……and the RENEGADE CD endorses all of that’.

Australian national station ABC Triple J, playlisted RENEGADE and Australia grooved to the new sound of Irish/Hip-hop on radio and flocked to the shows. Starting at Bellingen Global Carnival in New South Wales and ending at Tauranga Festival in New Zealand, Sharon and company had audiences on their feet everywhere.

In fact she picked up a new fan at the legendary Basement Club in Sydney. The Sultan of Brunei was in town and requested a table for him and his all female entourage, confessing he was a fan!!

NECKBELLY, a funky track from RENEGADE is now used by BBC for a new TV music series Blas Ceol. The series is produced by the Irish Language Unit, BBC NI, and is presented in Irish by Karen Kirby & Lynette Fay.  It’s runs from October 15th for 10 weeks.

In fact watch out for more of Shannon’s music to be used in a major TV advertising campaign in 2008!!

Renowned for her high energy live shows and her collaborations across all musical genres from the avant-garde classical with NIGEL KENNEDY to outlaw-country music with WILLIE NELSON, the new album and line -up RENEGADE sees Sharon explore  new hip-hop rhythms with her predominantly traditional compositions. Joined by Manchester’s Mike McGoldrick (Afro-Celt Sound Systems) on flute, Dezi Donnelly on fiddle and Jim Murray on guitar and backed by her BIG BAND……..

Sharon Shannon brings her RENEGADE tour to….
Dec. 8th                  Limerick                 Dolans Warehouse
Dec. 14th                Dublin                    Olympia Theatre
Dec. 15th                Ennis                      An Glor
Dec. 16th                Cork                       Opera House

‘RENEGADE’ is Sharon’s first studio album since 2003.  Following the success of the Double Platinum “Collection 2005” and “Live at Dolans DVD” which went straight to No. 1 in the charts last year, Sharon is back with an album which showcases her constantly expanding musical landscape and her ability to cross over in new musical genres. Joining Sharon are Mike McGoldrick (Afro-Celt Sound Systems) on flute, Dezi Donnelly on fiddle and Jim Murray on guitar. Recorded at Sharon’s own Poets Corner studio, the album and new line up both called RENEGADE which mainly features new original material by the quartet, is a heady mix of traditional Irish with hip-hop beats, ragga, jazz and world music inflections.  “Renegade” also features Justin Adams (Tinariwen producer and Robert Plant’s guitarist) John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Indigo Girls), 2Play, Roachie, saxman Richie Buckley (Van Morrison) and Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) to mention a few.
For further information contact Catherine Greenhalgh/ Kevin Fennell
– Press Stop PR- + 353 1 6351728 – email:

Permalink - Posted: October 18, 2007 at 9:34 am