Sixties legend looking forward to Kerry gig

Donovan will play in St John’s in Listowel on Thursday June 20.
Donovan will play in St John’s in Listowel on Thursday June 20.

Dónal Nolan

SIXTIES folk sensation Donovan is relishing the chance of playing songs from his new album for Kerry fans shortly.

He will perform tracks from new album Shadows of Blue along with old favourites in the intimate setting of St John's in Listowel on Thursday, June 20.

An icon of the late '60s counter-culture, Donovan hung out with everyone from The Beatles to Joan Baez as hits like 'Catch the Wind' and 'Mellow Yellow' established a global following.

In recognition of his place in the pantheon of popular music, the Scottish singer was inducted into the revered Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rather than take that as a platform for a massive tour, the soft-spoken troubadour has instead decided on a more intimate journey - gigging smaller venues in the lands that inspired his latest album.

"Well, they asked me after my induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, what I was going to do, a world tour of all the capital cities? But I decided to go back to my roots to tour the latest album Shadows of Blue which is kind of all about the history of Irish and Scots emigration to America. I live in Ireland, so I just decided to tour it here in a soft-sell so to speak at smaller venues," Donovan told The Kerryman.

Recorded in Nashville, Shadows of Blue traces the rich heritage of Irish and Scottish music on country music in the States both musically and thematically.

"When I presented it to Johnny Cash's daughter Roseanne she remarked that it sounds of the tradition but so modern at the same time. That's what I do, taking the traditional and giving it a modern spin."

The star is no stranger to this part of the world, having lived outside of Mallow for many years and says he can't wait to pop over the county bounds for Listowel. You can listen for free to Donovan's new album now on official. Ring (068)22566 to book now.