John Spil­lane to per­form at the Hot Spot Mu­sic Club

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

JOHN Spil­lane will per­form at the Hot Spot Mu­sic Club on Fri­day, March 1, at 9 p.m.

John Spil­lane is a mu­si­cian, song­writer, per­former, record­ing artist, sto­ry­teller, poet, dreamer - a can­vas filled with colour and bril­liance. His mu­sic trans­ports the lis­tener and his live per­for­mance cap­ti­vates the au­di­ence. In a word 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.

‘When I started out with rock bands, I sang in an Amer­i­can ac­cent. Then I heard real Amer­i­cans sing the blues and it made me feel like a fraud. Ever since then, the most im­por­tant thing for me is to be true to who I am and where I come from,’ said John.

Start­ing out in Cork as part of Jazz vo­cal group - The Stargaz­ers, it was in 1992 when a young tra­di­tional band called No­mos changed Spil­lane’s life.

The band was made up of con­certina player, Niall Val­lely, Done­gal fid­dler, Liz Do­herty (re­placed by Cork fid­dle player Vince Milne on the sec­ond al­bum), bodhrán player, Frank Tor­pey, and Gerry McKee on man­do­cello and bazouki. Spil­lane played acous­tic gui­tar and fret­less elec­tric bass while also con­tribut­ing songs to the group. To­gether they toured the world and pro­duced two al­bums, Set You Free and I Won’t Be Afraid Any­more. Spil­lane then left to pur­sue a solo ca­reer

John Spil­lane.

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