Johnny McEvoy

An Evening with Johnny McEvoy in Concert

Johnny McEvoy has always been highly acclaimed for his excellent concert shows and his scheduled early 2022 nationwide concert tour will get the usual huge response from his legion of fans throughout Ireland, North and South.

This nostalgic evening of ‘Song and Story’ features all of Johnny’s many ‘Hit Songs’, including Muirsin Durkan-Boston Burglar-Those Brown Eyes-Long Long Before Your Time etc plus some songs from his forthcoming new album. His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented with many in the folk and ballad style.

Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer/songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His concert performances are second to none with his songs beautifully delivered in truly artistic fashion and story telling of the finest order. This is a full evening with Johnny McEvoy. No support. Not to be missed.

 

The 1950’s
Johnny was born in a small town called Banagher in the midlands of Ireland on the banks of the River Shannon.

His first introduction to the beauty of folk music came on cold winter evenings listening to Radio Luxemburg after homework was done. The radio station used to present a folk program, Folk music now became Johnny’s first love, meaning the good ole Rock n Roll would have to take a back seat.

When Johnny reached his teens he formed a folk duo with a fellow art student by the name of Michael Crotty. They called themselves the “Ramblers Two”. While together they toured various folk clubs in both Ireland and England during the mid-sixties, however they eventually went their separate ways, Michael to join a folk group, and Johnny, well he took the road less travelled and went solo…. This was to make all the difference.

The 1960’s
Johnny’s big break came in late 1966 when he recorded a song called “Mursheen Durkin” an old ballad from the west of Ireland. It topped the charts at Number 1 for three consecutive weeks and represented his first steps on the road to success. “Mursheen Durkin” was followed up by “The Boston Burglar” which also reached Number 1 in the charts. In 1966 in Dublin City he had played support to an up and coming band “The Rolling Stones” and for the very first time witnessed the mobbing and screaming of the fans, the band running for the back door and the all-important getaway car….. Now this was happening to him!!!

His first tour of the United States was in 67. It involved seven weeks of concerts during that very hot summer of Hippies, Protests and Vietnam.

One of the many famous venues he played was the “Hungry Eye” in San Francisco. However, his favorite was the famous “Carnegie Hall” in New York City. It was a most memorable experience for him at that time and still is to the present day.

It was at this stage in his career that he had his third Number One Hit with the song “Nora” from Sean O’Casey’s famous play “The Plough And The Stars”. Later this song gained a well-respected place on his album of prose, poetry and song called “All Our Wars Are Merry All Our Songs Are Sad” perhaps he will complete a similar project sometime in the future

The 1970’s & 80’s
Johnny formed a band in the 1970’s and went Electric! His heart was now torn between the fashionable Showbands of that era and his one true love Folk Music. Well let’s just say …. Love Conquered All. On a golden August afternoon while sitting on a stone in the sun outside Kennedy’s pub in Doocastle Co. Mayo, came the inspiration to write his first song “Long Before Your Time”

It too reached Number 1 and to this day he is still putting pen to paper or as Dylan Thomas might say “Laboring By Singing Light”. Many of the songs that John has written have become standards and have been recorded by many other singers. Songs like “Long Before Your Time” “Michael” “Going To California” “The Ballad Of John Williams” “Richman’s Garden “Never Learned To Dance” and “The Ballad of Anne Frank “to name a few.

Johnny’s guitar, lyrics and singing has brought him to many places in the world. The cold lands of Northern Canada, stranded in blizzards throughout the U.S.A , Stood on the burning sands of the Persian Gulf, sung his songs beneath the warm sun of Spain, sailed both the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas, wondered at the many ancient sites in Rome and was seduced by the beauty of Pompeii, witnessed the beginning and the ending of the Cold War, shuddered at the atrocities of 9/11 and rejoiced at the coming of peace to Northern Ireland.

Current Time
In 2014 Johnny recorded his first album in over 10 years called “Basement Sessions 1” and it broke the top 30 in the album charts, as he said himself “Not bad for a folky like me”. He followed that up in 2015 with “Basement Sessions 2” Second in a series of 5 Studio Albums to be recorded and released over a 5 year period. Into the Cauldron was his third studio album with the hit recording of ‘My Father’s House’ and ‘Everynight I Dream Of Being A Cowboy’.

While Celebrating 50 years in the business Johnny became part of Trad Nua’s exclusive Limited Edition ‘The Signature Series’ with First Edition of his book ‘My Songs, My Stories, My Life in Music.’

Johnny’s reflects on his life, love and passions in over a fifty years in music. Knowing how the twists and turns of a person’s life can trigger some of the strongest creative ideas, Johnny has masterfully crafted them into unforgettable songs and stories.

Through the mirror of over 50 of his best-known recordings, Johnny’s personal essays and notes around each song show a man with a deep empathy and understanding of the people, places and historical events that have shaped his extraordinary musical life.

Johnny McEvoy – Tour Dates

Tickets available at all venues and at ticketmaster.ie

October 2022

November 2022

Thursday 6th at Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan

 

Friday 7th at Royal Theatre, Castlebar Rescheduled Date

 

Sunday 9th at Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel Rescheduled Date

 

Friday 14th at Park View Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy

 

Saturday 15th at Radissonn Blue Hotel, Athlone Rescheduled Date

 

Sunday 16th at Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise

 

Thursday 20th at University Concert Hall, Limerick Rescheduled Date

Friday 4th at Charleville Park Hotel Rescheduled Date

 

Saturday 5th at Rossmore Theatre, Co Cork

 

Thursday 10th at Tullamore Court Hotel, Rescheduled Date

 

Friday 11th at An Glor, Ennis Rescheduled Date

 

Saturday 19th at Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam Rescheduled Date

 

Sunday 20th at Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana Rescheduled Date

 

Thursday 24th at Clayton Hotel, Galway Rescheduled Date

 

Friday 25th at Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon

 

Saturday 26th at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Rescheduled Date

January 2023

Febuary 2023

Thursday 26th at Riverside Park, Enniscorthy

 

Friday 27th at Theatre Royal, Waterford

 

Saturday 28th at Westgrove Hotel, Clane

 

Friday 3rd at Kilmore, Cavan

 

Saturday 4th at Carrickdale, Dundalk

 

Sunday 5th at Sligo Park Hotel

 

Thursday 9th at Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe

 

Friday 10th at Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown

 

Sunday 12th at Millenium Forum, Derry

 

Thursday 16th at Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar

 

Saturday 18th at McWilliam Park Hotel Claremorris

 

Sunday 19th at Great National Hotel, Ballina

 

Friday 24th at Market Place Theatre, Armagh

 

Saturday 25th at Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

 

Sunday 26th at St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross

March 2023

Friday 3rd at Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells

 

Saturday 4th at INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney

 

Sunday 5th at Cork Opera House