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John Spillane at the Roots Concert Room

(May 27, 2017)


     Well Done Everyone!!

John Spillane       I Cant thank John, KDYS, the supporters on the night and everyone who helped get the word out about this fantastic night of music and song ... not to mention the fun and Craic... it was a wonderfully entertaining night... interspersed with stories, music, fun and participation from a very appreciative audience. At times as John said, "You couldn't hear a pin drop"


       KDYS were outstanding.. great credit due to these young musicians, Darragh Lynch, Marion O Neill, Waterville and Ann Murphy who contributed in wonderfully uplifting way to the evening... complements all around!!

  video Alan Landers

Thanks also To Alan Landers for his video clips and continued support of Teacht Thar Sáile -Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music

    video Alan Landers  Barr nScráide... has to be done!!

       video CKav

Cahersiveen Audience at its finest above... well done folks... ye did cahersiveen proud so ye did!!

" Not a Pin Drop!"  video CKAV.



This KDYS Community Youth Work project was established in October 2015 by Marian O'Neill, Waterville and Darragh Lynch, Portmagee and supported by the KDYS in the person of Anne Murphy. The group come together, on a voluntary basis, to share different genres of music in a fun environment.
Since they were set up they have hosted a group of students from the Netherlands, participated in an International Youth Exchange Programme, which provided them with the opportunity to perform in St. Stephen's Basilica and the Budapest Opera House. The group went out in the Biddy's on the 1st February, have played for local groups and charities. Were given a wonderful opportunity to perform at the Mountain Roots Festival opening evening and are participating in the National Youth Factor finals in Limerick, run by Youth Work Ireland, in July. The group are currently in the process of developing another International Youth Exchange Programme for Summer 2018.

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Sophie Daly Wilson, Orla Coffey, Tara Whitting, Aisling O'Shea, Tadg Dennehy, members of the KDYS South West Kerry Band Project, who participated in the Colaiste na Sceilge School Musical.

John Spillane Info:


JOHN SPILLANE a 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 mesmerizes.

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.

From his heart-warming visit to Senegal to film a “musical visit” for an Irish television series (where he met and played music with, among others, the legendary Baaba Maal), to his 2008 Australian tour where he sang the IrishNational Anthem before 45,000 people attending the Australia v. Ireland Ozzie Rules Football, to singing for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese (by invitation), and so on ad infinitum …

John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour. If you are looking for a night of good ‘craic’, a John Spillane show should not be missed."   From Website


 As for me... John is a unique performer who extends himself as a friend, an artist, and as an exceptionally talented guy who can read and involve and audience and leave them feeling absolutly fantastic... "Brilliant or what!" and as he says himself..Whoooo Hooo!


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