Celebrating 30 Years
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In May 1989 at 21 years of age, the raw and immensely talented Sharon Shannon was asked to join The Waterboys on their global tour of Room to Roam album that included a first festival show to 40,000 at Glastonbury. It would mark the beginnings of an incredible musical journey that has seen collaborations with artists globally including Willie Nelson, Shane McGowan, Steve Earle and Imelda May as well as a Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award for services to music.
In 1991, Sharon recorded her self-titled solo album that would go on to become the best-selling album in the history of traditional Irish music. Prior to that release, Sharon gathered some new friends and old to record three days of music sessions at the famed Winkles Hotel in Kinvara Co Galway. In attendance were Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of The Waterboys, Donal Lunny, Adam Clayton (U2), Sharon’s sister Mary as well as other musicians and guests. For years the recordings from these sessions lay in storage until Mike Scott in April 2019 began to go sift through the tapes and work alongside Sharon on 16 magical tracks from these sessions.
‘The Winkles Tapes’ will launch the 30 year Anniversary of one of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians that will also see further special collaborations and releases throughout 2020.