FINEST OF FOLK John Spillane will be on stage in Westport Town Hall Theatre this Friday.
Much-loved Cork folksinger John Spillane will perform in Westport Town Hall Theatre this Friday, February 18, as part of his current national tour.
Acclaimed as a musician and songwriter, an entertaining performer, a storyteller, a poet and a dreamer, Spillane revels in songs rooted in people, place, story and folklore. His renowned live performances can see him flit seamlessly between moving melancholy-tinged poetry and roguish, irreverent Cork wit.
With a career spanning nigh-on four decades, Spillane has released 13 albums, won two Meteor Irish Music Awards, performed all over the world and played with such musical heavy-hitters as Jimmy McCarthy, Baaba Maal and Christy Moore.
His most recent album, ‘100 Snow White Horses’, is an independent release, allowing him greater creativity. Recorded in London with Pauline Scanlon and produced by John Reynolds, the tracks are inspired by his travels around Ireland. When it was released in April last year it debuted at No 5 in the Irish album charts, and it went on to be one of the top ten selling albums of the year by an Irish artist.
Like many other Corkonians, he lovingly describes the county as ‘the centre of the universe’, and his home county has been a massive creative influence on him. Vocally, his singing has a traditional, sean-nós quality, and his voice has been described as ‘full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity’.
An evening in the company of John Spillane will no doubt prove a welcome antidote to the woes of the last two years and the depressing news cycle – the lovely Cork lilt guaranteed to give the most weary of listeners a lift.
Show starts at 8pm. Support on the night will be by singer-songwriter David Hope. For tickets, visit www.westporttheatre.com or call 098 28459.