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John Spillane - conducting a songwriting workshop in Listowel.
John Spillane – conducting a songwriting workshop in Listowel.

Listowel Writers’ Week has a couple of places still available on their popular three-day workshops in conjunction with the festival at the end of this month.
For example there’s a songwriting workshop with John Spillane and the man himself explains what it’s all about in his highly inimitable style.

No Talk on Theory
“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.

“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, though it is not a requirement to be bale to sing or play an instrument,” said the man.

A Canvass Filled with Colour
A native of Cork, John is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with colour and brilliance.

Well known in Castleisland for his Spillane an Fánaí exploits, his music transports the listener and his live performance captivates the audience.

Pure Magic

In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.

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.

The three-day workshops will take place on Thursday, June 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd from 9am until 12.30pm each day. The cost of each workshop is €185 plus a €3 booking fee.

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