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John Spillane is an Irish musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. 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.
What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John. He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerises.
John is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as ‘the centre of the universe’, and it has been a huge creative influence on him. Vocally, he is quite unique with an almost sean nós-like element in his singing and he is said to have a voice ‘full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity’.
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.
He will be supported by the Midleton-based trad trio, The Diviners, who have just released their brand-new debut EP, Earshot. Have a listen by clicking here. Click here to see their recent performance in the Clonakility Arts Centre and here to see the video of their slow air, 'Rostellan Wood,' composed by Ciarán Ruby and shot on location in Rostellan, East Cork.