Song-Writing-Workshop with John Spillane

Have you ever heard a song and thought I could write a better song than that myself? Or have you a song idea but never got around to writing it? Or do you simply fancy having a go?  Well, now’s your chance.

Claremorris Town Hall is delighted to offer a song-writing workshop, with legendary singer-songwriter, John Spillane   on Saturday July 21st at 2pm. John is a vastly experienced song-writing workshop facilitator and the three-hour workshop will be a very enjoyable experience.

“At my song writing workshops we actually write songs,” John told us. “Having attended a few workshops where the participants play their songs to be criticised by experts who talk down to them, I was inspired to invent a novel approach, where we all sit down and write a finished song in one session. This teaches many lessons, including finishing things, which is often a big problem for writers. I create a space where all negativity, all criticism and judgment are locked outside. The aim is to have a lot of fun, write a lot of words and music, move quickly and not get bogged down.”

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvas filled with colour 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.

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.

“… some of the most skilfully crafted, vividly realized songs anyone has written in Ireland over the past dozen years.” Earle Hitchner, writer/reviewer for Irish Echo and The Wall Street Journal.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Cost is €50 and you can book by telephone on 094 931 0999 or by clicking the button below.


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