Sharon Shannon had her very own Bob Dylan moment when she strapped on an electric guitar and belted out a version of The Jolly Roger on Friday night's Late Late Show.

The show featured an hour-long tribute to the box player from Ruan, Co. Clare, with friends including U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Donal Lunny, her former Waterboys band mate Steve Wickham, Sharon’s brother Gary, her niece Chaoimh, Lucia Evans, and Mundy gathered in studio to play and reminisce.

Sharon on Friday's Late Late Show

Speaking about learning to play electric guitar, multi-instrumentalist Sharon said, "I hadn’t intended to take up another instrument but I got a phone call from the great rugby player Robbie Henshaw, who happens to be a great friend of mine, saying he had been nominated to learn a new skill in five days and he had to nominate three other people.

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"So, I said ok and a few hours later I decided to do electric guitar because there’s one in my house belonging to my tenant who looks after the dogs while I’m away and he plays heavy metal music on electric guitar. It’s only five days people won’t expect me to be any good."

"In Sharon's hands the music comes alive and that’s why she’s made twenty albums over thirty years, that’s why she’s still making records." - Adam Clayton

Talking about her first musical dawning, Sharon, who has just released her new album The Reckoning, said, "I was 11 when I first picked up the accordion.

"I’d played the tin whistle before that, but I was crazy for the accordion. We used to visit my aunty Kathleen in Liscannor, and my uncle played the accordion and I was fascinated by the instrument."

President Michael D. Higgins also delivered a pre-recorded message to Sharon.

Friday’s Late Late became one big music session, with Sharon joining Limerick singer Denise Chaila, who calls the accordionist her "fairy trad mother", for a spot of hip hop/trad fusion, and Sharon herself playing new track The Beast From The East, and perennial favourite, the ever jaunty Blackbird, with the gathered band of Clayton, Lunny, Mundy and Steve Wickham.

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The Reckoning is dedicated to Sharon’s late mother, who passed away six years ago, and her father, who is very much alive and living in Galway, and who has a song dedicated to him called Daddy Shannon’s Jig on the new album.

Recalling his first meeting with Sharon, Adam Clayton said, "I was definitely talked into going down to Winkles Bar in Kinvara to meet a girl. Philip King, Donal Lunny, John Dunford and John Kennedy had said you definitely have to come and check out Sharon.

"She’s this new thing happening, and I said `I’m in, I’m in’. I had just come back from America where I’d been for a year or two and I’d just got back it was 1989 I think I wanted to go down the country and I wanted to find this music, I wanted to find this girl.

"I knew I was no match for the accordion. It was a great bunch of people having fun and in Sharon’s hands the music comes alive and that’s why she’s made twenty albums over thirty years, that’s why she’s still making records."

Asked what keeps her going and playing non-stop, Sharon said, "I just love sessions, informal sessions. When we have those sessions, they’re the happiest times and I just don’t want them to finish no matter how late it is."

Watch the full show on the RTÉ Player.