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SHANE HENNESSY
VIRTUOSO GUITARIST, COMPOSER, & SONGWRITER

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, drawing comparisons to virtuosos Chris Thile and Tommy Emmanuel.

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, The United States, and Russia, including performances at MerleFest, Milwaukee Irish Fest, MusikMesse Festival, and many more. Shane has also featured at Folk Alliance International, and is endorsed by Maton Guitars (Melbourne, Australia).

 

Shane's third studio album 'Rain Dance' was released on April 21st 2020 on a livestream concert supported by Culture Ireland for their #IrelandPerforms initiative.

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Shane Hennessy
Live at the Cork Opera House

Special guest at the Tommy Emmanuel concert, January 27th 2020

Shane Hennessy
Live at The Station Inn

A sample of what Shane's live show is like, filmed at The Station Inn, Nashville, TN, Sept 2019

Shane Hennessy & Tommy Emmanuel

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, 27th July 2016

"Sanitarium Shuffle" (Tommy Emmanuel)

Style: Chet Atkins-style Fingerpicking

Shane Hennessy -
"Marrakech" (original)

Filmed live in Moscow, Russia, 14th May 2019

Style: Ethnic/Cinematic

Shane Hennessy -
"Let's Dance" (David Bowie)

Filmed live in Whelan's, Wexford St., Dublin City, January 2018

via Dublin Bowie Festival

Riverdance
(Bill Whelan, arr. Shane Hennessy)

Filmed in Carlow, Ireland

Feb 2019

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Photoshoot with Rara Photography (rara-photography.com)
Photoshoots with Photographer Meabh Fitzpatrick (mfphoto.ie)
Music City Irish Fest, Nashville TN, March 2018. Photographer: Sean Fisher (fisherai.com)
Nashville TN, July 2018. Photographer: Sean Fisher (fisherai.com)
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SOCIAL MEDIA & MUSIC LINKS

QUOTEABLES

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Songwriter & Guitarist, CHIC

NILE RODGERS

"His style is killer. When we listened, there were ear to ear grins in the room. Great chord inversions and technique. Really cool stuff. Get down!"

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Legendary Australian Guitarist

TOMMY EMMANUEL

"Shane is a great guy, and a great musician. His compositions are fantastic, and he's got amazing energy! I would rate him as good as any of the guys who have been out there doing it for years."

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RTÉ Lyric FM, Ireland

MARTY WHELAN

"There is part of me that didn't really believe that he could do what he does on one guitar until he came into the studio, sat down in front of me, and played it. It's ludicrous! What a talent."

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The Irish Times (Music Feature)

COLIN BRESLIN

Reviewing 'Marrakech' (Aug 2017):

"Emotionally mature music combined with masterful technical ability - the idea that it was just one guitar never crossed my mind"

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS

MISC. VIDEOS

Guitar Gathering

Interview by Steve Krenz, filmed live in Gruhn Guitars, Nashville TN, on March 19th 2019.

Topics include:

- Arranging for guitar

- Composing & Technique

- Irish Music

- Shane's Musical Background

Video Bio

An overview of my musical style and my unique approach to the guitar condensed into a 7-minute video by Bourbon.fm

If you're interested, there's also a full 1-hour masterclass for free.

©2020 SHANE HENNESSY via EXCHEQUER MUSIC