Each Little Thing [Bonus Track] Sharon Shannon Primary Artist
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The follow-up to 1994's Out the Gap, {|Each Little Thing|} is full of pleasant surprises at every turn. After playing a predominantly traditional Irish-based accordion with {|Arcady|}, {|the Waterboys|}, and on her solo debut, Sharon Shannon displays her diverse and esoteric nature in several instances. Kids is a bouncy piece featuring fine playing by guitarist {|Steve Cooney|}, which cleverly segues into {|Fleetwood Mac|}'s Never Going Back Again. Emanating from Bonnie Mulligan is an {|Aaron Copland|} vibe, where {|Winnie Horan|} ({|Solas|}) leads the hoedown with some commanding fiddle playing. The underlying electric guitar adds interesting layering. The Bag of Cats brandishes a heavy programmed rhythm by {|Oisin Lunny|}, and Shannon lays down her box in favor of the fiddle to duel it out with {|Mary Custy|}. Chanteuse {|Kirsty MacColl|} renders a seductive reading of Libertango as Shannon assumes the role of strolling French accordionist with aplomb and savoir faire. El Mercado Testaccio is a delightful {|Inti-Illimani|} tune that, despite the hammer dulcimer and bouzouki, sounds amazingly South American. {|Donal Lunny|} does an excellent job of piecing this album together, allowing the songs to flow gracefully. His bouzouki playing and {|Trevor Hutchinson|}'s double bass provide a stable rhythm section capable of chauffeuring Shannon to whichever destination she fancies. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

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