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John Spillane continues his now legendary DeBarra’s residency playing the first Thursday of every month…

whether its youre first time to see John or a regular his shows at DeBarra’s are always special as he treats guests to debut performances of new songs as well as his roguish humour tinged with Cork irreverence.


‘Well lads I’m delighted to announce the continuation of my residency at de Barras Folk Club in Clonakilty, West Cork, with a December Special gig on Thursday Dec 3rd 2015.  I’ve been playing in de Barras on the first Thursday of every month for many years now (about 12 years!), and have had many great nights of music and company there. I’ve performed the World Premieres of many of my songs there, and have been joined by a great many brilliant musicians from all around the world. The last two years have been especially fruitful as I have formed a new band and we have gradually grown into each other and are now tight as a duck’s wing; watertight! Beating off each other, marching to the same beat and singing off the same hymn sheet.

Martin Leahy on drums, Flor Rahilly on electric guitar, Nigel Grufferty on fiddle. Sometimes we are joined by our fifth member Brian Morrissey on whistles, banjo and bodhrans.

I’ve always loved a residency; from the days when Rory Gallagher played in Cork every New Year’s, to Jimmy MacCarthy every Easter, to many Rock ‘n Roll and Trad bands I’ve played with myself down the years; Every Sunday in Garry’s Inn, Cork with SABRE, every Saturday night in the Metropole with the STARGAZERS. Every Friday night in The Lobby Bar with NOMOS. For many years now I’ve played once a year in Cork in the Everyman Palace the Sunday before Christmas, and on the first Thursday of every month in de Barras, the most consistant and best music venue in Ireland.

We nearly always feature a mystery guest. New promising talent or wandering minstrels from faraway places who bring their own special light to the magic space that is de Barras.

I am delighted to announce that our extra special Mystery Guest on December 3rd will be Jessie Kennedy.

Jesse will be singing songs from her delicate and haunting album THE CARBERY SONGS. This lovely album is a celebration of the lives of three women in the historic Carbery/ Freke family of Castle Freke in West Cork. Each of these women wrote autobiographical books. Their incredible stories span from the 16th Century to the present day.

It is a gossamer-light, faint and ghostly, sometimes eerie, poetical and lovely and light, collection of music and poetry.

I hope that you may be able to join us in de Barras of Clonakilty on Thursday December 3rd!

Thanks very much everyone, John Spillane!

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