John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon
Live in concert
Friday, 16 March 2018
Tickets only $58pp
The Canberra Irish Club & Troubadour Music presents JOHN SPILLANE
& PAULINE SCANLON - Two of Ireland's Finest Folk Singers Together In
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with 2 amazing singers in concert together at
the CANBERRA IRISH CLUB from 7.30pm on Friday 16th March. Bookings
Cork native, John Spillane is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, poet,
& entertainer who can charm and mesmerise any audience.
From Dingle, West Kerry, singer-songwriter, Pauline Scanlon, has been
featured vocalist with the Sharon Shannon Band, one half of the duo
Lumiere, and a solo artist in her own right, entrancing audiences
worldwide with her distinctly delicate intensity.
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. 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.
What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver
all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter
the musical preference. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic,
traditional, world or pop - that's fine with John. He's a man who is very
comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle
accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John
entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.
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
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.
" … funny, quirky, massively entertaining. John is a story teller,
a shanachie." Dan Regan, Founder, Kansas City Irish Festival.
PAULINE SCANLON hails from Dingle, West Kerry, Pauline is one half of
celebrated singing duo LUMIERE, a project which has seen her perform
throughout the world in recent years including a performance in Carnegie
Hall in 2014.
This vocalist and songwriter galvanised the Irish music scene with her
stunning debut album, Red Colour Sun. Coming from the Irish tradition yet
equally versed on the world and contemporary music realms, Scanlon is
capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and fresh while
granting newer material a timeless resonance.
As a vocalist, Pauline has performed and recorded with a wide range of
artists including Damien Dempsey, Sinéad O'Connor, Eleanor Shanley,
Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Andrea Corr,John Spillane and Seamus
Begley. Pauline has been involved with a wide range of collaborative
singing projects including 'The Irish Sea Sessions', 'A Stór Mo
Chroí' and 'Homeward Bound' all projects involving the leading
exponents of Irish song.
Gossamer is her first solo album in 10 years, and is a collection of
songs steeped in loss and love. Produced by long time collaborator John
Reynolds (Sinéad O'Connor, Seun Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Damien
Dempsey) it sees Pauline push herself out of the acoustic and into a more
electric soundscape. Gossamer unveils her palette of ferocity and
fragility in a new, dramatic context.
"Her voice is a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength"
The Irish Times