TROUBADOUR Folk singer/songwriter Johnny Duhan.
LIMERICK-born folk singer/songwriter Johnny Duhan brings his autobiographical show, ‘The Voyage’, to Westport Town Hall Theatre this Friday, May 24, at 8pm. The Westport date ties in with a nationwide tour that includes dates in the National Concert Hall, the Riverbank Arts Centre, the Wexford Arts Centre.
Johnny Duhan started his career as a 15-year-old front man with Granny’s Intentions, the most popular beat group in Ireland in the ’60s. After rousing Dublin with their soul touch, the band moved to London, were signed to the prestigious Deram label and enjoyed considerable success. However, they disbanded before Johnny was 21 – and this was when he started writing folk songs, poetry and prose.
In a career spanning 40 years, his greatest achievement is a quartet of epic albums – ‘Just Another Town’, ‘To The Light’, ‘The Voyage’ and ‘Flame’, which correspond to the four chapters of his lyrical autobiography, also titled ‘To The Light’. His song ‘The Voyage’ has become a modern classic. His fans include Christy Moore, who called Duhan ‘one of our greatest songwriters’, and Ronnie Drew, who described him as ‘one of my favourite songwriters’.
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the likes of Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and the host of other Irish and international singers who have made them popular.
For tickets, contact the Westport Town Hall Theatre box office on 09828459 or visit www.westporttheatre.com.