Dates and times
Sharon Shannon’s music has always been wide open to the world, and never more so than on the stellar Irish accordionist’s latest album, 2017’s Sacred Earth, which runs a joyous gamut of global cross-fertilisation, from New England to West Africa, Louisiana to Shetland, with vocal tracks adding dashes of vintage pop, rockabilly and hip-hop. Her line-up here includes the album’s leading guest, Senegalese kora virtuoso Seckou Keita (also performing at the festival with Catrin Finch), and hotly-tipped Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Susan O Neill, together with Jim Murray (acoustic guitar), Sean Regan (fiddle/percussion/beatboxing) and Jack Maher (electric guitar/vocals).
Two years on from their première performance at Celtic Connections 2015, the self-titled debut album from Usher’s Island – comprising Planxty/Bothy Band veterans Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny and Paddy Glackin, plus Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle – resoundingly confirmed their status as today’s greatest Irish folk supergroup. “Masterfully crafted. . . dazzling acoustic interplay and exceptionally expressive vocals.” (World Music Central)