The Factory Theatre, Sydney. Thursday, March 14, 2024.

The Sharon Shannon Trio & Big Band Announce their return to the Factory Theatre in Sydney.


Internationally acclaimed Irish musician Sharon Shannon, deemed a ‘National Treasure’ by Irish President Michael D Higgins, is gearing up for a sensational return to Australia in March 2024. Boasting a career spanning four decades, 20 albums, and collaborations with musical luminaries worldwide, Shannon is set to captivate audiences and redefine the boundaries of Irish traditional music.

Sharon Shannon’s musical odyssey has graced prestigious venues globally, from The Kennedy Centre in Washington to London’s Wembley Arena. Collaborating with an eclectic array of artists, including Bono, Willie Nelson, Shane McGowan, and Johnny Depp, Sharon has become a true icon in the world of music. As an honorary Doctor of Music at The University of Galway, Sharon not only inspires students through master classes and tutorials but is actively contributing to her archive at the University. Sydney’s Factory Theatre will be one of the next stops on Thursday, March 14th 2024, for an unforgettable musical experience.

The evening promises to kick off in style with the renowned Irish fiddler Manus McGuire and New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Adam Ogle, setting the stage for an extraordinary night. The main set will open with the Sharon Shannon Trio, showcasing the talents of acclaimed Irish musician Jim Murray and the incredibly versatile Jack Maher. Murray, recognized for his mastery in accompanying traditional Irish music on the guitar, has gained international acclaim through teaching and masterclasses worldwide. Maher, a proficient acoustic and electric guitar player, mandolin and banjo player, singer and songwriter, has been an integral part of the Sharon Shannon Band for over 15 years.

Following the interval, The Sharon Shannon Big Band will take the stage, when the trio will be joined by cornerstone of the Australian Jazz scene, Matt McMahon on piano, the accomplished and versatile Miles Thomas on drums, and New Zealand bass player extraordinaire, Brett Hirst. This auspicipus line up will be joined on stage by very special guests.

Sharon Shannon’s unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between traditional Irish music and other musical genres, and her knack for bringing out the best in her fellow musicians, guarantees an essential night of entertainment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Sharon Shannon’s Big Band spellbinding performances as they enchant audiences with their unique blend of Irish traditional music and diverse musical influences, as we build up to St Patrick’s Day 2024

The Sharon Shannon Big Band would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Custodians of this land where we perform.