Archived Wednesday 8th July 2015 - JOHN CONOLLY - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

Faversham Folk Club

John Conolly
Ticket Price £8 / £9

John Conolly is an internationally-respected songwriter who has based his style firmly in the folk tradition. His finely-crafted songs are performed with warmth, good humour and lilting accompaniments on guitar and melodeon.

Many of John’s songs have a tang of the sea, inherited from his upbringing on the east coast of England, where his grandfather and great-grandfather were boatbuilders on the banks of the river Humber. His best-known composition, the classic Fiddlers’ Green, has the ring of a true folk ballad, and has often been taken for a traditional song. John’s more recent work continues this tradition of finely-crafted writing – listen to the heart-rending Willie Leonard, the elegiac Old Men Sing Love Songs, or the outrageously funny Smartarse …

John is an experienced performer in all kinds of venues, from the large concert-hall to the local pub – he has toured in the U.S.A., Germany and the Netherlands, and has appeared at major Festivals in England, Ireland, Brittany and Poland. He has also been commissioned to write songs for radio, television and the stage – the highly-acclaimed play The Northern Trawl carried his songs to theatre audiences throughout Britain, Iceland and Scandinavia, and his songs and singing were featured in the Yorkshire Television mini-series Lincolnshire Legends.

John Conolly’s songs have been performed and recorded by many well-known artistes – people like The Dubliners, Liam Clancy , Malinky, the McCalmans, Roy Bailey, Stormalong John, The Yetties and George Hamilton IV,to name but a few – but there’s a special buzz in hearing them sung by the composer : join him soon on your very own trip to Fiddlers’ Green . . .

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