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A Day with Acclaimed Songwriter John Spillane

August 31, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

€25 – €30

Date: August 31st 2019
Venue: Abbey Tavern, Howth, Dublin 13


Songwriting Workshop 2-4pm (see below for ticket details)
John Spillane In Conversation with Carl Corcoran 5-6pm (supported by IMRO) FREE Admission
John Spillane in Concert 8pm  (see below for ticket details)

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with colour and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. 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, Sean Keane to name a few.

In the afternoon workshop, participants will examine and enjoy how a story may be told in a song and look at the magical chemical reaction that happens when words and music meet. John will focus on helping participants lose whatever inhibitions and fears they may have about writing songs while also sharing tricks of the trade on verse, chorus, repetition, and rhyme. Songwriters should be prepared to sing and embrace the joy of the process.

Later In Conversation with Carl, John will discuss his inspirations and relate his journey in the world of song. Extracts from his recent publication Will We Be Brilliant Or What will shine a light on his songs and stories.

And to close the day, John’s Concert Performance in the Main Room Abbey Tavern will delight audiences – filled with his magical and mystical songs interspersed with his unique sense of humour, life and love.

Carl Corcoran: Award winning song-writer and forty five-year veteran of the music industry Carl has been working in music production, performance, publishing, radio, event management and community education. A skilled networker connected across the music community in Ireland and abroad, passionately committed to the advancement of Irish music on the world stage. Under the moniker of Jamie Stone, Carl recorded 3 award winning albums in the 70s, lived and worked in America for 20 years before returning to Ireland in 1998. Since then he has worked successfully in various areas of the business, including broadcasting – 10 years curator and presenter of highly acclaimed Blue of The Night on RTE lyric fm. For the last two years Carl has been Course Director of MA in Songwriting – the only one of its kind in Ireland – at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Tickets available on Eventbrite or directly from The Abbey Tavern (01) 8322006 or email moc.liamg@gnitirwgnoshtwoH for further information.


August 31, 2019
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
€25 – €30
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