Amanda Shannon is a bi-lingual singer songwriter from Clare. Raised in a musical home with a father who played drums she first learned how to train her voice when he taught her how using a tape recorder he gifted her. She then joined the choir in her school, the Gaelscoil, for which the school won many awards as part of Slógadh in the 90’s.
After moving to London to train to be a teacher she kept some contact with music. She returned to Ireland in 2012 after the loss of her father the previous year. To cope with his death she wrote poetry mostly and took a break from singing to raise her son.
She returned to singing again in 2018 and formed a duo, Phoenix and Wolfe, during a trip to Hotel Doolin in 2019. She has been working with a vocal coach and mentor, SAL and Dora Gola, and first presented some of her music during Summer 2021 as part of the Bualadh Busk series in Clare. Phoenix and Wolfe also supported Dora Gola in The Attic in Doolin in January 2022 and returned to support Sonny Casey in June 2022.
This was the first live gig after the release of the debut single from Phoenix and Wolfe on the 26th of April 2022.
The music of Phoenix and Wolfe is a blend of Irish soul and Brazilian heart, taking the listener on a journey from the first note.
Writing in Irish is really important to Amanda and some of their next releases are truly exciting as they incorporate Irish and Portuguese into the music.