Jimmy Crowley and John Spillane Live at St. Luke’s Friday May 20th 2016.

In the summers of 1981 and of 1982, when I was a young musician hanging around the Cork music scene I was lucky enough to get work playing acoustic bass guitar with Jimmy Crowley in his Acoustic Quartet. Jimmy was already an icon of the Irish folk scene because of his brilliant seminal albums with the band Stoker's Lodge; 'The Boys of Fairhill' in 1975 and 'Camphouse Ballads' in 1979.


Jimmy Crowley and Stokers Lodge popularised many great Cork traditional ballads like 'Johnny Jump Up', 'The Boys of Fairhill', 'Salonika', 'I Know My Love', 'The Armoured Car', and 'Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down?'.


Jimmy's Acoustic Quartet's floating membership included Máirtín O' Connor, Mick Hanley, Johnny 'Fang' Murphy, Pat MacNamara, Christy Twomey, Johnny Campbell and myself.


I will always be grateful to Jimmy for giving me that work, and it was an education you would not get in any university, to be on the road with those great musicians, and to be steeped in those great folk songs. We travelled all around Ireland, and I have many memories of gigs in Listowel, Scarriff, Ballyfermot, Ballydehob, Spancillhill, Crookhaven, Pucaun etc. etc.


I am delighted to be sharing the stage again with Jimmy on next Friday May 20th 2016 when we will be singing a selection of 'Songs from The City' including many old gems that Jimmy has collected down the years and many new compositions by myself, including my brand new song 'The Streets of Ballyphehane'. Two Cork bards playing off each other, the new bard bows down to the old druid and so the tradition continues from generation to generation,


Thanks Jimmy Crowley, Rock On! John Spillane May 2016.


Published on 13th May 2016


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