SACRED EARTH is Irish Accordian master and music producer, Sharon Shannon’s, first new studio album in 3 years and her 10th studio album to date. Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While best known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she’s always been eager to explore new styles.
1. Rusheen Bay 3:55
2. Sacred Earth 5:04
3. The Machine 4:08
4. Bas Pelles 2:52
5. Pull Out the Stops 3:12
6. He’ll Have to Go 4:08
7. Frenchie’s Reel 2:41
8. The Merry Widow 3:37
9. Let’s Go 4:00
10. Sea Shepherd 5:09
11. The Bull Fiddle 3:48
Every Sharon Shannon release is an occasion to celebrate. Her last release, In Galway In Galway (2015) with Alan Connor, received great reviews. Sacred Earth is a great addition to her discography. I think it is her eclectic style that is the formula to her popularity not just within the genre, to the point that she even got a cameo role in the Colin Farrell movie Ondine(2009) as herself!
I think the most notable track in this album is The Machine due to its pop friendliness. This is a kind of song that will usher younger fans to her music. I admit I love dancing to it. I also play it when I am out with friends. It’s really a good song with positive driving beat on top of its social commentary nature.
There are eleven track in Sacred Earth. Some, you can expect for their traditional styles like Rusheen Bay, the title track Sacred Earth, Bas Pelles; Pull Out the Stops ..among others. Her accordion playing shines in all these tracks. She is also known for her fiddle technique and I think it is the percussive nature of her playing is what draws me to her music.
If you are new to her, then I’d suggest you give her a listen as this will open many doors and add a spark to your music appreciation. So, even though Sacred Earth is an eclectic recording, Sacred Earth is still grounded to her Irish roots. Listen to He’ll Have To Go and you’ll know what I mean
P. S. She reminds me of actress Julia Roberts in this album photo but that’s beside the point. Enjoy the music! Buy Sacred Earth here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sacred-earth/id1203288830