Dopamine - Forest Fest

The Sharon Shannon Big Band, accompanied by an illustrious lineup of special guests including Mundy, Imelda May, Liam Ó Maonlaí ,Camille O’ Sullivan, and former Pogue Cait O’Riordan, is set to deliver a captivating tribute to the late Shane MacGowan as part of their Finale on the the Village Stage at Forestfest on Sunday.

This homage holds profound significance, as Shane previously toured with the Big Band, leaving an indelible mark on their musical journey. Shane was a fiesta in himself, a spirit especially evident during his magnificent 60th birthday celebration at The National Concert Hall. 

His legendary influence transcends his passing, and this spirit will be celebrated through a memorable performance, echoing the scenes of joy and happiness witnessed at his funeral. Sharon Shannon, renowned as the queen of traditional Irish music, promises an essential night of entertainment that transcends musical boundaries and showcases the exceptional talent of her fellow musicians. Known for seamlessly blending traditional Irish music with diverse genres, Shannon’s upcoming performance will unite her distinctive accordion sound with a band of highly talented musicians, ensuring a top-notch, high-energy festival show. From reggae to jazz, Shannon’s unique style has captivated a global audience. The Big Band has earned acclaim for its impressive list of guest performers, featuring past participants such as Mundy, Shane MacGowan, Imelda May, Wallis Bird, Damien Dempsey, and Sinéad O’Connor. This guarantees that Sharon Shannon’s Big Band performances are not just a showcase of traditional Irish music but a celebration of Shane’s legendary songwriting .

Sharon Shannon shares, “I miss Shane dearly and I’m truly honored to have been friends with him and to have played and toured with him. I was one of the lucky people who attended Shane’s 60th birthday concert in the National Concert Hall. A star-filled band and crowd gathered together to celebrate Shane and perform their favorite Shane songs. Tickets, predictably, were sold out in the blink of an eye. I was daydreaming at the time about how exciting and lovely it would be to do shows like this with Shane for Shane’s fans all around Ireland. 

Sadly, we lost Shane but with full blessings from Shane’s sister Siobhán and his widow Victoria, we are putting this tribute together now. So come and join us with this ‘dream come true’ lineup of brilliant musicians and singers to celebrate our incredible friend and legend, 

Shane MacGowan.”