Virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy on stage on July 30

Irish virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy has established himself as one of the leading guitarists on the world stage, widely known for his fingerstyle, flatpicking and percussive approaches to guitar playing. Guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel says of Shane that he “transcends guitar the same way Muhammed Ali transcended boxing”. On Saturday, July 30, in his only Maine performance of this tour, he will perform at the historic Boothbay Harbor Opera House.

Her energetic live performances and cinematically vivid compositions are tied to influences ranging from Bach to Beyoncé and everything in between. With a unique style of lead guitar playing that encompasses an entire band’s range – spanning drums, bass, rhythm and lead lines – Shane builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own, drawing comparisons to the virtuosos Chris Thile and Tommy Emmanuel. Shane has worked with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, sold out a solo gig at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and released three highly acclaimed albums, ‘Zephyrus’ (2015), ‘Marrakech’ (2017) and ‘Rain Dance’. (2020). Irish Music Magazine calls him “one of the most exciting live performers of his generation, with the ability to switch easily between styles and genres”.

He has toured extensively in Europe and the United States, including MerleFest, Milwaukee Irish Fest and many others. He received a grant from 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).

The Opera’s Executive Director, Cathy Sherrill, said: “Thanks to an extraordinary stroke of luck, I attended Shane Hennessy’s show in New Orleans in January 2020 and I am trying to bring him to the ‘Opera since. The pandemic and his European tour schedule have prevented him so far. It’s hard to believe the sound he can get from a guitar, no tricks. We are all in for a memorable musical evening from this young super-talent.

Advance discount tickets are $25 and are currently on sale at the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 207-633-5159. Regular tickets are $30 and are available online at and at the door on show night. Seating doors open at 7:00 p.m., the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

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