February 22nd | John Spillane

In October 2017 the acclaimed Irish singer and songwriter John Spillane, celebrated 35 years of an ever-consistent vastly illuminating and exciting career within the world of music.

Having sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’ act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

He also presented four TV series for TG4 ‘Spillane an Fánaí’, series one and two, and ‘Na Bailéid’, series one and two and has published a book of songs and stories entitled ‘Will we be Brilliant or What?’ 

“I got a full-time permanent and pensionable job on my 18th birthday as a bank official in the Bank of Ireland. Two years later I left that job to become a full-time professional musician. My mother nearly killed me,” John says.

“I have played with many bands and musical outfits and served a number of musical apprenticeships. As well as solo work, I have played with groups such as Sabre, The Stargazers and Nomos and with individuals such as Jimmy Crowley, Declan Sinnott and Noel Shine to name but some.”

He has also on occasion played with many outstanding musicians like Jimmy McCarthy, Maaba Maal, Christy Moore, Sinead Lohan, Pauline Scanlon and Mick Flannery.

“I have had a fantastic musical journey. Some of the high points include teaming up with my manager Lorcan Ennis in 2000, signing to EMI Records 1n 2001, and of course the release of my many albums.

John has sung and played music in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Holland, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Zambia, Senegal, China and Japan.  

However, you don’t have to travel to any of those far away places – you can see John in concert at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Friday, February 22 at 8pm. Tickets €15 now on sale at usual outlets or call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.