Traditional Music and Song

september, 2022

sat10sep9:00 pmJohn SpillaneClare Island Community Centre Anchor Bar & Bistro, Clare Island, Westport, Co. Mayo9:00 pm Clare Island Folk Festival

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Clare Island Folk Festival presents John Spillane – musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet and dreamer. As an artist his music appeals to listeners across many genres and generations. His vocal style has a unique almost sean-nós like quality and his 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 humour. John has the ability to charm, mesmerise and entertain in equal measure.

A native of Cork, “the centre of the universe,” John makes music inspired by Irish traditional music in its contemporary form – a reflection of Ireland today.

A two-time Meteor Award winner for Best Folk/Trad act John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland. With an extensive back catalogue beginning with the 1997 album, The Wells of the World, his songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Seán Keane and many others. After a further twelve albums, John released his first independent album,100 Snow White Horses, in April 2021.

Recorded in London with Pauline Scanlon and produced by John Reynolds the album is inspired by John’s travels around Ireland. The decision to release the album independently allowed for a greater sense of creative freedom and these new songs are full of poetry, Irish mythology and wonder.

Tickets, each costing €10 plus €1.53 booking fee, are available from


(Saturday) 9:00 pm


Clare Island Community Centre Anchor Bar & Bistro

Clare Island, Westport, Co. Mayo

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