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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Spillane tunes up for Kilworth

BILL BROWNE BBROWNE@CORKMAN.IE

THE Kilworth Arts Centre will kick of their 2010 programme with a concert by the inimitable John Spillane on Saturday, January 23.

By his own admission 2009 was "some year" for the affable 48-year-old with the release of his critically acclaimed Best Of album - So Far so Good Like. The album, which spent a number of weeks in the Irish top ten, underlined John's reputation as one of Ireland's most accomplished singer/songwriters.

Having performed alongside Mick Flannery at last year's Live at the Marquee music festival, Spillane rounded off 2009 with the release of More Irish Songs We Learned At School, the second volume of a nostalgic trip down memory lane for anyone who went to national school in Ireland.

The album contains more versions of some of his favourite Irish songs performed in his own inimitable style with contributions from Christy Moore and Sean O Se.

John is no stranger to the Kilworth Arts Centre, his January gigs have by now become something of a tradition at the venue.

"It is always a pleasure to play there because it is a small, intimate building that allows a performer to connect with the audience in a way that is just not possible in bigger venues," said John.

"Also the fact that is a former church adds a special atmosphere. Add to that the fact that the acoustics there are fantastic, and is not too hard to understand why performers enjoy playing there so much," he added.

Tickets for John's Kilworth gig cost €17.50 from 087 6491514.

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