A widely respected and deeply talented Irish musician, Sharon Shannon became known for broadening the horizons of traditional music in the 1980s and '90s. Thoroughly versed in Irish music, she has not been afraid to mix her playing on accordion and fiddle with all manner of different styles -- from reggae to country. She was a member of "Fisherman's Blues"-era Waterboys but when they became more rock-oriented, she began a solo career. She has many celebrate albums including collaborations with U2, Steve Earle, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Carlos Nuñez, and Hothouse Flowers among others. Shannon's adventurous nature once again came to the fore on 2017's Sacred Earth, a widely varied collection that saw her experiment with African, reggae, and even rap elements.