Waterford City & County Council's Arts resource site
Tower Hotel, Friday 29th March 2019, Doors @ 8.00 p.m.
Johnny was born in the small town of Banagher in the midlands of Ireland on the banks of the river Shannon. Johnny was six when his family moved to the hustle & bustle of fair Dublin city. Johnny’s first introduction to:
“the beauty of folk music came on a cold winter evening listening to radio Luxemburg after homework was done ..Folk music now became my first love, meaning the good ole Rock n Roll would have to take a back seat” (https://johnnymcevoy.com/bio/).
Johnny had his big break in 1966 when he recorded the song ‘Mursheen Durkin’ an old ballad from west of Ireland. The record charted at the number one spot for three consecutive weeks and represented his first steps on the road to success. Soon after this point Johnny went on his first tour of the United States in 1967. Johnny describes the tour as: “..most memorable experience for me at that time and still is to the present day”. It was around this time that he enjoyed his third number one hit with the song ‘Nora’ from Sean O’Casey’s famous play ‘The Plough And The Stars’.
Johnny has also written many songs, many of which have become standards that have been recorded by other artists including ‘Long Before Your Time’, ‘Michael’, ‘Going To California’, ‘The Ballad Of John Williams’, ‘Richman’s’, ‘Garden’, ‘Never Learned To Dance’ & ‘The Ballad of Anne Frank’. In 2010 a documentary on the life and times of Johnny McEvoy ‘For the Poor and for the Gentry’, was televised.
Tickets: €33.20 click here
Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre, The Mall, Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)51 862300