Traditional Irish Music
There is no doubt that John can be described as one of our greatest living traditional musicians on the circuit at the moment. His roots go back a long way from an upbringing in London where he was born and where he began his musical adventure. His father was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the early '60's where they played extensively in London and the surrounding Counties.The same band featured a young Kevin Burke. His dad played flute , banjo and fiddle.
This immersed John in a rich and vibrant culture from an early age and had a major influence on the career path that he would take. His chances of succeeding were greatly enhanced by studying under the great Clare fiddle teacher Brendan Mulkere. Brendan had a major influence on so many young musicians around this period and saw the innate talent in John which grew very quickly into the talent that he is today.
From an early age he was therefore involved in a thriving music scene in London in the company of Brendan Mulkere, Bobby Casey, Brian Rooney and others. In this kind of company it was therefore no surprise that his music developed in the way that it did.
Returning to Ireland in the early '90's and settling in Boyle, Co. Roscommon it was not long until he was in the recording studio where he recorded his first album, "The Cat That Ate The Candle", a banjo album that received great reviews. From this the natural follow on was a fiddle album and in 1996 he released "Last Nights Fun" on Shanachie Records which will no doubt go down as a classic fiddle album. Following this he took a different direction with the formation of At The Racket a lively dance band based on the old Flanagan Brothers 78 rpm records.
There followed two more fiddle records, “Yeh, That's All It Is” in 2000 and “At It Again” in 2003. In 2005 “I Will If I Can” was released featuring banjo and tenor guitar. Bringing us right up to date in 2011 he released “At Complete Ease”, an album anchored by John and his old mentor from London Brian Rooney.
Over the years John has received many awards including TG4's Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003.
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