GUITAR VIRTUOSO, SONGWRITER, & COMPOSER
Irish virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy has established himself as one of the leading guitarists on the world stage, known widely for his fingerstyle, flatpicking, and percussive guitar-playing approaches.
His energetic live performances and his cinematically-vivid compositions tie in influences from Bach to Beyoncé – and everything in between! With a unique style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band – covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead lines – Shane builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.
Shane has sold out a solo concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin; released three highly praised albums Zephyrus (2015), Marrakech (2017), and Rain Dance (2020); has worked with Bill Whelan (composer of Riverdance), and has done extensive international touring across Europe, Russia and the USA, including a performance at the prestigious MerleFest, and numerous appearances on the Irish & Celtic Festival circuit in the USA (Milwaukee Fest, Kansas City Fest, & many more)
In April 2020, Shane released his third studio album Rain Dance, on a livestream concert supported by Culture Ireland's #IrelandPerforms initiative. In response to the cancellation of his worldwide touring schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shane is streaming a series of live concerts from his home in Ireland on his social media sites.
Later in 2020, Shane will be releasing an album of originally-composed Irish Trad-influenced music composed specifically for fingerstyle guitar, supported by The Arts Council (Ireland). Shane is also working on an album of music inspired by the thumbpicking guitar style as pioneered by Chet Atkins (2021), as well as his début vocal release (2021).
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing at time of writing, all scheduled touring and performances for 2020 and early 2021 have been postponed. Please subscribe to the ShaneHennessy.ie mailing list for more information about rescheduled dates once that information becomes available.
Until touring begins again, please be sure to tune into Shane's online performances, which are usually broadcast live on YouTube and various social media platforms. These livestreams will be listed on the Shows page and can be accessed via the respective ticket links for each date listed.