“There was 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. I thought there had to be loops, or extra tracks, or recording tricks, and there was none of that - my jaw dropped! What a talent!”
-Marty Whelan, RTÉ Radio
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 Muhammed 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 – 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). He 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, and many more. Shane has also featured at Folk Alliance International (2020), and has been awarded a bursary by The Arts Council (Ireland) to produce an album of original Irish-influenced guitar music in 2020. Shane is also endorsed by Maton Guitars (Melbourne, Australia).