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Published on May 9th, 2009 | by darraghdoyle


So far so good, like: Interview with John Spillane

John Spillane: musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer and Corkman…

He was a pleasure to interview today. Actually to be honest, it’s much more of a casual chat. I don’t know which of us spoke more – hopefully him! I met him before his gig at Tower Records, Dublin where he’s promoting the release of his new album, So Far So Good, Like: The Best Of.

After the soundcheck and before the gig we headed to a back room in Tower Records where on a small digital camera I recorded the interview. We talked for a good 20 minutes, including questions from the folk on twitter this morning – thank you all. We spoke about Cork, Senegal, RnaG, opera, accents, music and more.

You Tube will only allow ten minute clips so here’s the interview in two parts:

Part 1:

Part 2:

John’s album is available in all good record shops now. His website is here and his MySpace is here.

I’ve uploaded videos of his performance today and you can see those here.

The Senegal video I spoke about in the second part is here – watch the reaction of the children around the place!

A huge thank you to Paula from EMI Music and Lorcan, John’s manager, for helping arrange the interview, to Tower Records for the space and of course to John himself for being so great to talk with and listen to.

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14 Responses to So far so good, like: Interview with John Spillane

  1. MJ says:

    Great ad for Volvic all the way through that…I’m easily distracted 😉

    Good man Darragh. Hope you’re pleased with the sound etc

    PS thank you for asking my Q!

  2. Niamh says:

    Haha brilliant, he seems like a great man to have a chat and a pint with, full of stories!! Looking forward to listening to a few more of his songs, especially the one about the whales 😀

  3. peter says:

    at least he knew anto 😆 nit the same antooooooooooooooo – but anto nonetheless 😉

  4. voodoo says:

    Honestly have no idea who this is.

  5. Darren Byrne says:

    Fantastic interview. I love John Spillane. I was a huge fan of the album Hey Dreamer – The Mad Woman of Cork is always running around my head. And Irish Songs We Learned at School was a breath of fresh air.

    I’ve only seen him live once, supporting Juliet Turner in the Point. I’ll have to make efforts to catch one of his gigs.

  6. Lottie says:

    Love John Spillane – he rocks!

    Great interview btw Darragh, you’re a total natural at it.
    Can I have some more please sir?

  7. darraghdoyle says:

    @MJ – you and Niamh both. She complained that the background was too untidy… I ma pleased with the sound alright, even for a simple digital camera – it was a great chat altogether 🙂 Thanks for the question btw 🙂

    @Niamh – left the CD on me leaba – go in and have a listen today. Well worth it!

    @peter – he did know Anto!! I laughed 🙂

    @Voodoo – I knew his songs, but not him.

    @Darren – thanks man. Must check out when he’s playing next. A small gig suited him. Greystones Theatre would be ideal.

    @Lottie – ah thanks hon! You never know – depends on who is free I suppose!

  8. Rick says:

    Dude, seriously. You have to do more of this. As someone who part of the time used to be a professional interviewer, you’re a natural at this.

    I know how hard it is to make it looks this easy.

    Fair play.

  9. Great interview Darragh. Deffo do more, but just get a better camera next time. Audio wasn’t the may west 🙂

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