Spillane + Scanlon
JOHN SPILLANE & PAULINE SCANLON - Two of Ireland's finest singer-songwriters together in concert
FRI 26 FEB - Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle
Pauline Scanlon (Pauline Ní Scannláin) – Vocal
Pauline Scanlon, (Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland), is a singer of contemporary and traditional Irish music. Dingle is in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht, an area where the population’s first language is Irish, (Gaeilge). Scanlon, herself a native Irish speaker, possesses a voice of sublime musicality. Pauline has been singing professionally since she was 15 years old. She has toured the world extensively, including Australia a number of times with different projects. Scanlon has two solo albums, ‘Red Colour Sun’ and ‘Hush’ and in 2009 she formed celebrated vocal duo LUMIERE with Éilís kennedy. The critically acclaimed duo have gone from strength to strength releasing two albums and performing on many of the world’s great stages including a recent performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall. When she’s not touring, in recent years Pauline has taken to the small screen and has been involved in a number of music related documentaries and television programmes for the Irish language television station TG4 and for the BBC in Belfast where she currently lives.
John Spillane (John Ó’Spealáin) Vocal & Guitar
John is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it remains a huge creative influence on him. A singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland, Spillane grew up in the suburb of Bishopstown, Cork, in a large family of boys and was educated in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh and graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Irish and in English. His musical nature was encouraged by his Mother who taught him a variety of Cork songs. A shy child, he got his first guitar at the age of fifteen and joined his first band in school, drawing his early rock influences from artists like the Beatles, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. He brings a unique sean-nós influence to his singing and has been described as having a voice “full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity”. Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished and celebrated songwriters in Ireland today.
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