.....is 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.
About Sea Church, Ballycortton, East Cork.
An ambitious live music venue in Ballycotton, East Cork, Sea Church is a multidisciplinary space housed in a fully refurbished Church of Ireland church. A spectacular building inside with a coastal location, Sea Church is a unique music venue for emerging talent to make their mark and for household names to break the rules.
With light streaming through its beautiful stained-glass windows behind the stage, Sea Church is tailor-made for live music. Natural church acoustics and an interior that makes for a looming atmosphere, the venue has certain wow factors for first-time punters. An intimate 120-person capacity, great sound and impressive lighting, the venue hopes to form part of the fabric of Irish music culture.
A beautiful venue can elevate a good gig and Sea Church is no different. A one-of-a-kind, intimate venue with a pristine sound system, Sea Church is an artist's playground and Cork's latest live music destination. With a high-end d&b audio system, full in-house DJ equipment, large outdoor terrace suitable for catering, as well as a full bar, Sea Church will play host to world-class acts.
Working with Coughlan's Live Promotions, their programme will invite some of Ireland's musical heavyweights as well as artists from all over the world come to play their most special shows. Sea Church is also a venue for new emerging artist's to launch EP's, albums and to showcase record label performances.