Johnny Lappin is an award-winning music publisher who has published songs for many of Ireland’s top music entertainers. A founder Director of IMRO, Lappin has been at the forefront of the Irish music publishing business for almost four decades.
In 1983 his clients Clannad won an Ivor Novello Award, often referred to as the Oscars for songwriters, for their “Theme from Harry’s Game” which was the first Irish language song to enter the UK’s top 5 singles chart. In 1985 Clannad won a BAFTA Award for “Robin The Hooded Man”, a song taken from the hit TV series “Robin of Sherwood”, which starred Jason Connery in the title role. The series was picked up by over 130 countries worldwide. During his 40 years in music publishing, Johnny Lappin has published the works of a multitude of writers and artists such as Aslan, Sharon Shannon, Rob Burke, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Ryan Sheridan, Otherkin, Little Hours, Wyvern Lingo and countless others including the multi award winning Andrew ‘Hozier’ Byrne. He has overseen the publishing careers of Grammy nominated artists such as Celtic Woman as well as Ireland’s folk band of the year The High Kings. In 2015 Lappin himself picked up an Ivor Novello Award as publisher for Hozier’s worldwide hit “Take Me To Church” and has recently worked with Athy’s finest, Picture This, on their international publishing deal.
He is a Publisher Director on the boards of IMRO and MCPS (Ire) Ltd as well as being a Board member of the Music Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI) in Ireland. Lappin also wrote the book “The Need To Know Guide to Music Publishing” (© 1997 Foxrock Music Productions), to help explain to musicians the practical workings of music publishing within the entertainment industry. In 2019 he is scheduled to release his memoirs “In A Lifetime – From Hozier to U2” in which he details his lifetime in the music business which gave him a privileged front row seat at the extraordinary rise of the Irish music industry, as it grew from modest beginnings to become one of the major talent resources for the worldwide entertainment industry.