Offaly woman, Collette Sheerin is a singer, songwriter and flautist based in Sligo town in the North West of Ireland where she regularly contributes to the vibrant and warm environment that is the Sligo music scene. Collette performs regularly with her band “The Candles”, an original folk/rock/trad outfit along side stellar musicians Anna Houston and Shane McGowan as well as hosting numerous traditional Irish music sessions.
In September 2018, she successfully launched her second solo album “Watershed hours” with beautiful accompaniment from the above mentioned along side special guests Steve Wickham on violin (No Crows & The Waterboys) and Kieran Quinn on piano. The album was very well received and reviewed wherein Hot Press magazine said …
“Collette blends a mellow mix of folk and trad adding her distinctive voice and naturally flowing song writing style “.
Released in 2014, her first solo album “Making Grace” a thoughtful collection of ten original songs received extensive radio play at home and abroad whilst garnering an impressive 8/10 by Hot Press magazine and was subsequently described as,
“a lovingly crafted and deftly played collection that reveals a song writing talent to be reckoned with”. Colm O’Hare – HOT PRESS Magazine.
As vocalist and flautist, Collette is also a member of the melting pot that is trad/rock/world music group “Above & Below the Tide” and has featured on both of the bands albums, “Deeper Blue” and “Above & Below the Tide”.
To add to all of the above, Collette has regularly guested and collaborated with world music maestros “No Crows”. She has performed also with the Sligo Baroque Orchestra and is a member of the Sligo/Leitrim Community Orchestra.
A few other things to note …
By day, this lady works as a gardener and runs the quite successful “Sheerins Gardening & landscape” in the North West of Ireland. She has also lent these skills to a number of NGO’s by working on numerous projects in South Africa, Namibia, Uganda and Ethopia. On one such trip she ended up playing a few tunes for the Vice President of Uganda while on voluntary work there.
In the summer of 2019, Collette was deeply honoured to support Irish music legend Dolores Keane on her tour.
She is a regular contributor to the hugely successful “Kieran Quinn Theme Nights”.
In 2006, while studying in Alaska she was invited to join the gentlemen of Anchorage based band “Last Nights Fun” for a few gigs and in Perth, Western Australia in 2001 was invited to join celtic rockers “Flutehooks” for a series of performances there.