John Spillane to Conduct Songwriting Workshop in Listowel

John Spillane during his Spillane an Fánaí days in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy
John Spillane during his Spillane an Fánaí days in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The organisers of the annual Listowel Writers’ Week are thrilled and delighted to announce that the wonderfully talented John Spillane is due in Listowel to teach a three-day Song Writing Workshop during the festival.

John is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer. His music transports listeners; his live performance captivates the audience.

Man and Music – Pure Magic

The man and his music are pure magic. John is a native of Cork, the county h

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.’

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.

A Night of Good Craic

If you are looking for a night of good ‘craic’, a John Spillane show should not be missed. He will also be performing at concert in Mike the Pies’ Bar on Wednesday, May 31st. 2017. John is going to teach songwriting for three mornings at Listowel Writers’ Week. The time of the workshop will be 9am until 12.30pm each morning.

The cost of the Workshop is €185 plus a €3. Booking Fee.

For more information on Listowel Writers’ Week please click on the image here.

The Workshop Theme

“At my songwriting workshop we will all write new songs. We will not talk about the theory but will get stuck in and write. We will pick a topic, write lyrics away like blazes about it, pick the best bits, and do some work on them,” said John.

We will then set them to music and make a song. I hope that everyone will write one song per day. We will be writing, singing, playing and having fun!”

John Spillane has been writing songs and making music for the last 30 years and his songs have been performed by the likes of: Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and Mary Black.

Listowel Writers’ Week takes place from 31st May to 4th June 2017.

Places are limited to 15 for the John Spillane workshops so book now to avoid disappointment!


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