Rob’s unique musical voice draws from his grounding in folk, rock, classical, and jazz. A guitar player and singer, he also plays Irish flute, double bass, fiddle, and mandolin.
He has performed solo and with numerous bands throughout his career. In 1998 Sharer traveled to Ireland to absorb the music there. Settling in Clare, Sharer became a fixture for several years on the session scene, playing with many of Clare’s finest musicians including Kevin Griffin, Terry Bingham, Christy Barry, Denis Liddy, and Michael Hynes.
Sharer first toured nationally in 1997 with Rounder Records recording artists the Burns Sisters. During 2001-2002, following a brief stint with the San Francisco band Luce, Sharer spent time in Germany, where he produced and played on Dublin singer Shane Brady’s recording A Light Shines Out To Sea. In 2003 he appeared with Denis Liddy and Michael Hynes on the acclaimed CD Waifs and Strays, a collection of Clare dance music. The tour to support this release took the trio from Clare to America, Europe, and China.
In 2006, he returned to his native North Carolina, where he teaches Irish music. Sharer’s solo recording Vines features his own compositions for fingerstyle guitar.