John Conolly came to Dreamers Folk last evening and had a full house of eager singers in the palm of his hand!
We expected the beautifully crafted songs, such as “Fiddlers Green” & “Punch & Judy Man”, but he blew us away with his honest, engaging and entertaining stage presence. Honed by many years of touring, his on-stage persona was immediately charming and sincere, effortlessly moving between songs both poignant and comic and encouraging the Dreamers audience to join in the choruses, we needed no second bidding and filled the room with song!
There were a number of new faces in the audience, attracted no doubt by Johns compelling back catalogue of songs of the sea, but equally could not have failed to be impressed by his range of material from the Angels of Lincoln Cathedral to an hilarious monologue referencing the “Ramsbottom Family” at a folk festival, and a dig at the antics of a well known Italian politician.
All to soon the evening was over, but we could not let him go without performing “Fiddlers Green”, he duly obliged and sent us all home singing “Wrap me up in me oilskins & Jumper, no more on the docks I’ll be seen, just tell me ole shipmates I’ve taken a trip mates and I’ll see them someday in Fiddlers Green”. Thanks John Conolly you were great, come back and see us again!