Sharon Shannon to launch NUIG's Arts in Action festival with online concert

Musician to partner with university, teaching Irish trad as part of BA in Music

Sharon Shannon.

Sharon Shannon.

SHARON SHANNON, one of Ireland's finest and most popular traditional musicians, will open NUI Galway’s 2021 Arts in Action programme with a free online concert.

The concert will take place on Wednesday February 17 at 1pm, with Shannon accompanied by guitarist Jim Murray. The event will also mark the accordionist's new partnership with NUIG's music degree. The concert will be presented as the 2021 Jean Ritchie Lecture.

The partnership with the university's music degree will see Sharon Shannon delivering a series of masterclasses examining creation, performance, and production of traditional Irish music, along with her long-time collaborator, the Irish-American fiddle player, Win Horan.

These masterclasses will be used as part of the teaching of trad music within the new BA in Music, and Shannon and Horan will follow these with six live workshops per year, in which they will discuss trad music directly with students. For more information on NUIG's Bachelor of Arts in Music, see

“I’m delighted to be involved with the Music Department," said Shannon. "I am really excited about sharing my music with the students at NUI Galway via the online masterclass series we have developed. It’s also a great honour to perform along with Jim Murray in celebrating Arts in Action in 2021 and to help re-launch the late Mary McPartlan’s great series.”

Arts in Action 2021

This will be the first Arts in Action programme to be presented following the death of the programme’s founding director and curator, the folk singer Mary McPartlan [pictured above]. In honour of McPartlan, the theme of the 2021 programme is 'art as legacy'.

The programme, which runs from February to May, will be presented online free of charge. It will feature traditional and classical music, drama, performance, and literary events, and see the involvement of digital artist EL Putnam, acclaimed novelist Mike McCormack, and music from Máirtín O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd and Cathal Hayden; Sean Ryan, Mick Crehan, and Greg Cotter; soprano Leah Redmond, pianist Dearbhla Collins, and composer Simon Mawhinney; a theatre production of Sacrificial Wind; and RTÉ broadcaster Vincent Woods in conversation with trad musician, Mick Moloney.

To attend Arts in Action events register via or log on to and search 'Arts in Action Sharon Shannon'.


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