Shane Hennessy

Irish virtuoso guitarist, songwriter and 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. Guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel says of Shane that he “transcends the guitar the same way Muhammad Ali transcended boxing.”

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—he builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own, drawing comparisons to virtuosos Chris Thile and Tommy Emmanuel. Shane has worked with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, sold out a solo concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and has released three highly praised albums: Zephyrus (2015), Marrakech (2017) and Rain Dance (2020).

He tours extensively in Europe and the U.S., including performances at MerleFest, Milwaukee Irish Fest and many more. Shane was also featured at Folk Alliance International (2020) and was awarded a bursary by The Arts Council in Ireland to produce an album of original Irish-influenced guitar music in 2020. He is also endorsed by Maton Guitars (Melbourne, Australia).

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