Dolans Presents have announced that three of Ireland’s most successful female artists will perform for one night only at the University Concert Hall on January 30th 2020.
Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan unite for a unique show bringing together their collective talents. The 3 are no stranger to performing together having been an integral part of the successful Woman's Heart albums and tours.
A former member of seminal Scots-Irish band The Waterboys, Sharon Shannon recently received worldwide airplay with the song Galway Girl from the movie ‘PS I LOVE YOU’.
The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much maligned accordion ‘cool’ in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres. Sharon has also performed live two US presidents.
At various times, Sharon has collaborated, toured and recorded with Bono and Adam from U2, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Nigel Kennedy, Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Christy Moore.
Several of her albums have been platinum selling and she has had Number 1 albums and singles including the Steve Earle penned The Galway Girl performed with Mundy. She has contributed music to many TV shows and some feature films including Neil Jordan’s Ondine. She has received several industry honours including a Meteor Lifetime Achievement in 2009.
Frances Black, described as “the sweetest voice of Ireland” by Nancy Griffith, has been one of Ireland’s best-loved and most enduring artists since the late 80s, with a string of best-selling albums, awards and other accolades behind her.
The extent of Frances’ popularity and talent has been reflected in the awards and accolades that she has received for her albums and live performances. She has twice been the recipient of one of the highest honours in Irish music, the prestigious Irish Recorded Music Association’s Best Irish Female Award, and was also delighted to receive a National Entertainment ”Personality of the Year” award, as it has always been vitally important to her to connect with her audiences during a performance.
Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her voice. She is unique in blending the whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky notes and laconic wit of Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee and the line of deep, down and dirty blues singers back to Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith with the sardonic, bitter-sweet defiance and despair of the Piaf chanteuse, born out of war, in the shadow of Brecht, at war with the world, men and finally herself.
She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew.