Common Ground on the Town
Shannon was born and raised in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist since she was 10 years old. After earning her music degree at the renowned Humber College music program in Toronto, and after graduating joined the Scottish group ‘The Paul McKenna Band’. She toured internationally with the group for three years. Some of Shannon’s past performances include being featured with Cirque Du Soleil and the Chieftains in Canada, as well as several performances as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. She has also been a featured performer at the ‘Music City Roots’ series at the Bluegrass Underground concert series in Nashville.
Shannon has released four studio albums, ‘The Irwin Lake Sessions’, ‘If All the Young Ladies’ (recorded in Glasgow, produced by Paul McKenna) and ‘Watchmaker’ (produced by Shannon). Her latest album ‘Watchmaker’ is a concept album based off the painting ‘The Watchmaker of Switzerland’ by Normal
Rockwell and features traditional and original music. In 2016 Shannon won ‘Roots Traditional Album of the Year; and ‘New Artist recording of the year’ at the Music Nova Scotia Awards for her album ‘If All the Young Ladies’, which was also up for two ECMA’s, as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her third
album ‘Watchmaker’ was also nominated for a Music Nova Scotia award, as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award. Shannon’s latest album release is an instrumental duo recording alongside her father Tony, celebrating the 20 plus years they’ve been playing music together and took home ‘Traditional Album of
the year’ at the Music Nova Scotia awards in 2022.
Opening Act: Walt Michael, Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill
Walt Michael’s various incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned 40 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breathtaking original compositions. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and he has recorded fourteen albums and instructional videos, appeared at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.
Join Common Ground for a free pre-show reception at 6:15pm in our lobby with music from Harry Orlove!