Booked Out: The Story and the Song: Songwriting Masterclass with John Spillane

Booked Out: The Story and the Song: Songwriting Masterclass with John Spillane

Date: Saturday 27 January 2018
Time: 10.30am–1.30pm
Tickets: €12

“At my song writing workshops we actually write songs. Having attended a few workshops where the participants play their songs to be criticised by experts who talk down to them, I was inspired to invent a novel approach, where we all sit down and write a finished song in one session. This teaches many lessons, including finishing things, which is often a big problem for writers. I create a space where all negativity, all criticism and judgment are locked outside."

This half-day masterclass with Meteor award winning songwriter John Spillane, brought to you by the Irish Writers Centre in association with Tradfest, will get to the heart of song writing and storytelling.

Participants will examine and enjoy the Irish ballad tradition and see how a story may be told in a song and look at the magical chemical reaction that happens when words and music meet. John will focus on helping participants lose whatever inhibitions and fears they may have about writing songs while also sharing tricks of the trade on verse, chorus, repetition, and rhyme.

Songwriters should be prepared to sing and embrace the joy of the process.


John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer - a canvass filled with color and brilliance.  His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience.  

Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere.


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