‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ with John Spillane – a Bealtaine Festival event in association with Clare Arts Office.
This Clare Library event in association with Clare Arts is part of the Bealtaine Festival – Celebrating Creativity As We Age. This is a free event but seats have to be reserved in advance.
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 seannós-like element in his singing. John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few.
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.
John Spillane’s show ‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ features a treasure trove of Irish songs that will take you back years. This is a charming show that will stir up the nostalgia of Irish childhood with the added bonus of introducing children to these songs that could sadly be in danger of dying out. Based on John’s albums, ‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ (the biggest selling album by an Irish artist when it was released in 2008) and ‘More Irish Songs We Learned at School’, the show includes favourites such as ‘An Poc Ar Buille’, ‘Trasna Na dTonnta’, ‘Buachaill on Eirne’ and ‘Dilin O Deamhas’, and a beautiful version of ‘Oiche Chiuin’ (Silent Night). You’re guaranteed to remember more songs than you think you know!
This is a free event but is ticketed so booking is required.