Internationally acclaimed multi-platinum selling musician, Sharon Shannon, is to launch an Arts in Action programme by delivering the NUI Galway Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture in a show with Irish guitarist, Jim Murray on Wednesday, February 17 at 1pm.

The free event launches Sharon Shannon’s new partnership with Music at NUI Galway and celebrates her musical virtuosity as well as the future potential arising from her engagement with our Music students as the next generation of emerging artists.

She is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians.

Renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Country, Reggae, Classical and Rap.

Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan.

The genre-defying star has achieved multi-platinum album sales and has had several chart topping albums, singles and DVDs. She is also the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sharon will be accompanied in this concert by Jim Murray, an internationally acclaimed Irish musician.

Having a wealth of teaching experience and performing master classes around the world, 2011 saw Jim produce his own highly anticipated on-line guitar tutorial focusing on all aspects of accompanying traditional Irish music with a guitar.

He has released two critically acclaimed albums with long term partner Seamus Begley in 2001 and 2008 which collectively scooped many prestigious awards such as The Irish Times and Hotpress Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year.

As part of her partnership with NUI Galway Sharon will work with her long-time collaborator, Irish-American fiddle player, Win Horan,. She will be recording a series of masterclasses that look at different facets of the creation, performance, and production of traditional Irish music.

These masterclasses will be used as part of the teaching of traditional music modules within the new BA in Music. Shannon and Horan will follow up the masterclasses with six live workshops per year, in which they will discuss traditional Irish music directly with the students.

Just as Arts in Action’s vision under the artistic leadership of Mary McPartlan put traditional music at its centre, this new partnership places traditional music at the centre of imagining new directions for the study of music at NUI Galway.

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