Option - 7-8/95, p.135
"...Shannon leads an Irish folk band with a strong, clear accordion. Her energetic flair and choice of tender, traditional melodies are indeed a great pleasure for any folk fan. She can switch adeptly to fiddle and has chosen a band with just enough rock background to keep things brisk..."
Personnel: Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle), Donogh Hennessy (acoustic guitar), Gerry O'Beirne (guitar), Mary Shannon (banjo), Mary Custy (fiddle), Maire Breathnach (fiddle, viola), Paul Kelly (fiddle, mandolin), Mairead Nesbitt (violin), John O'Kane (cello), Richie Buckley (saxophone, saxophone synthesizer), Steve Gregory (saxophone), Simon Gardiner (trumpet), Neil Sidwell (trombone), Brian Connor (piano, organ), Henry Holder (keyboards), Trevor Hutchinson (acoustic & electric bass), Paul Blake, Noel Bridgeman (drums), Everale "Fari" Forrest (percussion).
Producers: Denis Bovell (tracks 1, 3-4, 8, 12); John Dunford (tracks 2, 5-7, 9-11).
Engineers: Denis Bovell, Henry, Paul (tracks 1, 3-4, 8, 12); Tim Martin (tracks 2, 5, 7, 9); Ciaran Byrne (tracks 6, 10-11).
Recorded at Bow Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland in September 1992; Sparkside Studios, London, England in May 1994; Westland Studios, Dublin, Ireland in December 1993 and May 1994.
Personnel: Sharon Shannon (fiddle, accordion); Sharon Shannon (vocals); Mary Shannon (banjo); Paul Henderson Kelly (mandolin, fiddle); M ir‚ad Nesbitt (violin); Paul Kelly (fiddle); John O'Kane (cello); Steve Gregory (saxophone); Simon Gardiner (trumpet); J. Neil Sidwell, Neil Sidwell (trombone); Paul Blake (drums); Everole "Fori" Forrest (percussion); Donogh Hennessy (guitar, acoustic guitar); Gerry O'Beirne (guitar); M ire Breatnach (fiddle, viola); Mary Custy (fiddle); Richie Buckley (saxophone); Brian Connor (piano, organ); Henry Holder (keyboards); Trevor Hutchinson (double bass); Noel Bridgeman (drums).
Audio Mixers: Ciar n Byrne; Dennis Bovell; Tim Martin; John Dunford.
Audio Remixers: Ciar n Byrne; John Dunford.
Recording information: Bow Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland (09/1992-05/1994); Sparkside Studios, Brixton, London, England (09/1992-05/1994); Westland Studios, Dublin, Ireland (09/1992-05/1994); Windmill Lane Studios (09/1992-05/1994).
Arrangers: Sharon Shannon; Trevor Hutchinson; Donogh Hennessy; Richie Buckley; Mary Custy; Brian Connor; Noel Bridgeman; Paul Henderson Kelly.
Although Irish/Celtic jigs and reels are Sharon Shannon's musical foundation, it would be wrong to call her a purist. The risk-taking accordion player and instrumentalist is far from that -- her approach is quite expansive, and on Out the Gap she demonstrates that Irish/Celtic music can be fused with everything from calypso to French-Canadian Quebecois music to Scandinavian folk. In fact, many of the songs that Shannon interprets on this CD didn't come out of Ireland or Scotland. While "Butterflies" is a traditional Finnish folk song and "Reel Beatrice" is a French-Canadian Quebecois tune, "Sandy River Belle" is a number that experts on American folk will recognize. "Bjorn Again Polka" successfully incorporates polka, and "The Mighty Sparrow" (named after the famous calypso singer) has a strong Caribbean influence. For those seeking something fresh and adventurous from Celtic music, Out the Gap would be an excellent choice. ~ Alex Henderson