JOHN SPILLANE is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color 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.
Niall Toner Band are a bluegrass and acoustic country music trio from the Blackstairs Mountain region of Ireland.
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North Antrim musician Colin Henry was brought up on the late night music sessions in his family hotel. Not the familiar trad or bluegrass sessions, however, but around the piano – playing and singing swing, jazz, show tunes and the occasional Irish ballad.
His first performance at the age of 15 was playing ‘Down by the Riverside’ on tenor banjo at a Saturday night dinner dance in the hotel. He has been playing and performing ever since. His musical epiphany came when he discovered the resonator guitar or ‘Dobro’, as it is popularly known.
Fil Campbell is an Irish singer from the border village of Belleek in Co. Fermanagh. She sings the popular Irish folk songs of the 30s and 40s mixed with traditional songs, contemporary pieces and some of her own compositions. She accompanies herself on guitar.
An integral part of the Irish music scene since the early `70s, a musical career spanning 35 years, from the heady days with “Tír Na nÓg” which landed him on the biggest stages in the world, to the truly fantastic “Scullion”, numerous solo albums, perhaps one of Irelands greatest songwriters, Sonny Condell is the real McCoy.
Charlie is a firm favourite with the Crocanoir audience and his 3rd visit was eagerly anticipated.
Charlie McGettigan began his musical career in the 1960s, here he gained experience at all levels of the entertainment industry. When he moved to Dublin in 1968 he honed in on the thriving folk scene there at that time. His influences then were people like Paul Brady, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine and, having played electric guitar up to then, he purchased his first acoustic guitar concentrating on developing the finger picking style, which is now his stock in trade.
Charlie moved to the rural environment of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim in 1973, and formed the highly successful Jargon group, which went on to win the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival, following in the footsteps of bands like Clannad and Pumpkinhead. This win led to a recording contract with Polygram records and the release of Jargon’s first single Bailieboro and Me. The band went on to record two more singles and then Charlie went on to pursue a solo career.
During the following years Charlie worked with artists like Maura O Connell and Eleanor Shanley who both recorded many of Charlies songs including “I dont know how you do it”, “Feet of a dancer”, “A bed for the night”, “If anything happened to you” and others.
He released two solo albums – Songs of the night and Charlie McGettigan – before joining forces with Paul Harrington and Brendan Graham to win the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest with Rock n Roll Kids.
Folk singer and story teller.
Jimmy Crowley returned for a second time to Crocanoir, after a great debut in 2011.
Known as the “Voice of Cork”, legendary singer/songwriter/storyteller Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish Folk Scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album “The Boys of Fairhill” in 1977 which spreads over four generations.
Thom is a great songwriter and performer, whose songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Maura O’ Connell and Dolores Keane.
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Seamie is a multi-Instrumentalist equally at home playing Rory Gallagher on guitar or jigs & reels on the fiddle.Seamie is a native of Maugheraboy, in Sligo Town and a former member of the well-known Irish traditional music band Dervish.
Rich McMahon performs lively acoustic music with a Celtic flavour. As well as performing his own critically acclaimed material, his unique interpretations of Irish folk songs, pop, rock and country classics have proven popular with audiences throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond.
Rich’s new album,”Live at Croc an Oir“, is currently available to download on iTunes and other online outlets.
Play performed at Crocanoir.