Home  |  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News       

High-End High-Performance Audiophile Review Magazine & Hi-Fi Audio Equipment Reviews
Audiophile Equipment Review Magazine High-End Audio

  High-Performance Audio Reviews
  Music News, Show Reports, And More!

  29 Years Of Service To Music Lovers

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Sharon Shannon & Friends
The Diamond Mountain Sessions

Review by Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

Sharon Shannon & Friends The Diamond Mountain Sessions

CD Stock Number: Compass Records 7 4305 2


  Accordions are almost as popular in my neck of the woods as banjos. If someone shows up at an acoustic jam with an accordion case in hand, as soon as they crack it open all the players in the room take a cigarette break, including the ones who've just quit smoking. If, however, the accordion player were Sharon Shannon they would have made a major mistake in beating such a hasty retreat. She is not only the recent recipient of Ireland's "Folk Artist of The Year", but "Best Traditional Female" according to Irish Music Magazine. In Ireland The Diamond Mountain Sessions has achieved triple platinum status.

Sharon is known as an instrumentalist and she doesn't sing a lick, so when faced with the challenge of doing an album of songs she enlisted some help from her friends. In this case these friends included Steve Earle, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Donal Lunny, John Hoban, Dessie O'Halloran, and Mary Stuanton. The core band, The Woodchoppers, consisted of Sharon's sister Mary, James Delaney, Lloyd Byrne, Tom Malloy, and Jim Murray. Much of the recording was done in Letterfrack, an old former monastery in Connemara, Ireland. All the performers stayed there while working on the album. The result is a selection of songs that show off Sharon's traditional Irish style. Steve Earle's "Galway Girl" works especially well when given the full traditional treatment. "Man of Constant Sorrow" sung by Jackson Browne also sounds both haunting and fresh. If you want to hear what Irish folks listen to when they want to hear Irish music, slap this on your CD player. It's as bracing as a wee dram of single malt whisky.


Enjoyment: 90

Sound Quality: 90












































Quick Links

Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews



Show Reports
HIGH END Munich 2024
AXPONA 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
...More Show Reports


Our Featured Videos


Industry & Music News

High-Performance Audio & Music News


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics





Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.