8 June 1968, Corrofin, County Clare, Eire. A solo performer on accordion and fiddle, both Shannons parents were dancers, and her brothers and sisters all played musical instruments. Initially she played local clubs with them. While still in her teens she joined Disirt Tola, with her sister Mary, the group then heading to the USA for live engagements. Shannon was asked to provide the music for Brendan Behans play, The Hostage, at the Druid Theatre. She later joined Arcady, along with Frances Black, James Delaney, Patsy Broderick and Ringo McDonagh (formerly with De Dannan). Shannon remained with them for about a year, and in 1989 went to the Glastonbury Festival, as a guest of Mike Scott of the Waterboys, as their accordion player. She remained with the band for 18 months, recording and touring worldwide in the process.
On leaving the Waterboys Shannon commenced a solo tour with Christy Moore. Finally, in 1991, she released her...