Sharon Knight

Sharon Knight

BandRockCeltic

Preserving traditional music and folkore in non-traditional ways. Fans of Stevie Nicks & Loreena McKennitt will love the contemporary Celtic stylings of Sharon Knight.

Biography

Alive with soulful longing, passionate hope, and vivid imagery, the music of Sharon Knight is a journey into the otherworldly mists of a timeless land, filled with brave heroes, epic love, and mythical quests. For more than 10 years, the San Francisco Celtic songstress has been performing and recording her unique musical vision as both a solo artist and fronting the world-rock fusion band Pandemonaeon. Her voice is strong and soulful, with a hint of vulnerability, and her striking poetry is set to lush instrumentation reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt’s work. Sharon has also been favorably compared with Fairport Convention, Stevie Nicks, and Tori Amos.
Sharon has recently released her fifth recording, titled Song of the Sea, a collection of original and traditional Celtic songs which sweeps the listener along on an enthralling musical journey. Including performances by Irish vocalist Shay Black, and Gari Hegedus of Stellamara, Song of the Sea evokes the indomitable spirit of the Celts and reminds us that we can all see the world through the eyes of enchantment.

Lyrics

Star of the Sea

Written By: Knight/Winter

V1 Here she comes, soft as a whisper of wild things
Bringing her siren songs for me to sing
Her charms ensnare me, they capture my senses
As twilight unveils the secret that stirs the hearts of kings

PreCh1 What praises I wouldn’t sing
For the bright star of evening

Ch1 While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
Until all her songs are sung

V2 I’ve dipped my toes in the madness of muses
Who spin their tunes with strands of their shining silver hair
Now I dance, untamed, drunk in the houses of God, yea,
Singing until my voice is raw

PreCh2 Delirium has me in thrall
Is it freedom or folly?

Ch2 While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
Until all her songs are sung

Instrumental

Bridge I’ve kept my dreams frozen too long
Waiting to wake them with song
It’s a tune I have known all along

Ch3 While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
And rise up singing

Ch4 While there’s a song in my soul that’s worth singing
While there is passion to quicken my blood
I will follow the star of the sea
Until all her songs are sung

Discography

Song of the Sea (2005, Trance Jam Records)
Siren Songs (2004, Trance Jam Records)
Temple of Dreams - Live! (2003, Trance Jam Records)
Pandemonaeon (2001, Trance Jam Records)
Incantation (1996, Trance Jam Records)

Set List

Typically our sets are 50% originals and 50% traditional songs (which have been rearranged/reinterpreted in a more modern vein). Every now and then we might include a non-traditional cover (such as Loreena McKennitt's Mummer's Dance). Depending on the gig, we usually play one or two 45-60 min sets.

1. Whisper Your Name
2. Phoenix from the Ashes
3. Siren Moon
4. Brian O'Lynn/Pipe On the Hob
5. Johnnie Laddie
6. Melusina
7. Bewitched
8. Saucy Sailor
9. 13 Knots
10. Lagan Love
11. Henry Martin
12. Scent of Your Skin
13. Mummer’s Dance
14. I Fall to My Knees
15. May Morning Dew
16. Queen Among the Heather
17. King Willie
18. Star of the Sea
19. Queen of Shadows
20. Golden Apples
21. Song of the Sea
22. Grace O'Malley
23. etc.