John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with colour and brilliance.
Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere.
From his heart-warming visit to Senegal to film a “musical visit” for an Irish television series (where he met and played music with, among others, the legendary Baaba Maal), to his 2008 Australian tour where he sang the Irish National Anthem before 45,000 people attending the Australia v. Ireland Ozzie Rules Football, to singing for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese (by invitation), and so on ad infinitum.
2013 sees John making a fresh foray into the TV realm. This time there are no flights to Africa or Australia, as John focuses on Rural Ireland, in a six part series called Spillane an Fánaí (Spillane the Wanderer), which begins on TG4 on Sunday September 15th. John will be working in a pub in Fethard, Graiguenamanagh, Cootehill, Castleisland, Kiltimagh, and Castlepollard, meeting the locals, in search of musical inspiration for his songwriting, in the uniqueness and character of small town life.
The soundtrack album, Life in an Irish Town – Songs From the TG4 Series ‘Spillane an Fánaí’, was released on Friday September 13th.
In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.
Don’t miss An Intimate Evening with John Spillane at The American Bar Belfast on Friday 10th November.
Tickets on sale now – buy yours here.