Eclectic, high energy acoustic guitar music that is steeped in roots and bluegrass tradition, yet infused with an intense delivery that is furiously fresh and funky. Often reffered to as "Folk 2.0", and compared by many to his hero's and influences, Sean is one guy playing and singing his ass off.
Sean Shiel is a solo acoustic performer based out of a small town in northern Illinois. Prominantly a guitar player and singer, Sean draws upon a lifetime of influences to produce a sound that is his own. This rootsy fusion of bluegrass, funk, folk, and a few made up words will surely get those toes a tappin'. Thriving most in the live setting, Sean has toured and performed throughout the midwest, and has appeared at such festivals as 10,000 Lakes...Bella Sol...Bella Madre...Fat Fest...Log Jam...Campout Roots Festival & Gathering...Strip Mines Music Fest...Operation Adaptation...Feel Good Fest...Blottopia...New Earth Festival...Lounging in Romance...Peace Conspiracy's Annual Community Festival, Hoodilidoo Music & Art Fest, and many more... Sean has been fortunate enough to share the festival lineup with a myriad of amazing bands and musicians, including Phil Lesh & Friends, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Umphrey's McGee, String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Mickey Hart Band, Gov't Mule, Derek Trucks Band, The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, Galactic, Wookiefoot, Lotus, Particle, MOFRO, EOTO, Cornmeal, The Disco Biscuits, Dark Star Orchestra, Family Groove Company, Garaj Mahal, Backyard Tire Fire, and Fat Maw Rooney, to list a few. ***Most recently Sean opened up for Great American Taxi (feat. Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, 3/10/09) and Kyle Hollingsworth Band (4/10/09). Thanks to everyone who came out and supported those shows!!!
If sharing the bill with another band or artist, generally 45min- 2 hrs. If headlining or not sharing the bill, usually about 2- 4 hrs. Set lists generally dominated by original material and compositions, with occasional covers and crowd pleasers scattered throughout.