More acts announced for John Martyn Tribute Festival

Musicians will flock to Thomastown to pay tribute to the folk legend, John Martyn on Saturday 15 and 16.

Musicians will flock to Thomastown to pay tribute to the folk legend, John Martyn on Saturday 15 and 16.

The latest additions to the second John Martyn Tribute Festival line up have been announced. The festival, due to take place on September 15 and 16 is shaping up to be another fantastic tribute to one of the most influential folks singers of our time.

The new additions, including Mundy, Iarla O’ Lionaird, Jacqui McShee (Pentangle), Philip Donnelly, Doug Morter and Chris Campbell (Belfast) will join John Martyn’s long time band on stage over the festival weekend.

With a career spanning decades, Jacqui McShee is one of the co-founding members of British folk/rock/jazz band Pentangle. Alongside Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Danny Thompson , Pentangle was quickly flagged, along with Fairport Convention, as one of the earliest and most influential folk rock bands to emerge from Britain. McShee is a long time friend and huge fan of John Martyn. In 1994, McShee released ‘About Thyme’, an album featuring special guests including folk legend John Martyn.

Mundy aka Edmond Enright is an avid fan of John Martyn having followed his musical career for some time. The Offaly-born musician has performed for President Obama and supported the likes of Alanis Morrissette, Neil Young, David Gray, along with producer Tommy D.

Doug Morter is the founding member of folk-rock band Hunter Muskett. Morter was also the lead singer of Then Came The Wheel, John Martyn’s 80’s band comprising of Foss Paterson, Arran Ahmun, Alan Thomson and Martin Winning. He will perform with John Martyn’s band over the festival weekend.

Dublin native, Phillip Donnelly is a guitar player and singer who blazed a trail as a top musician in Hollywood and Nashville. Philip, also known as The Clontarf Cowboy was referred to as “The Boss” on the guitar by John Martyn, a fine compliment given Martyn’s own skill on the instrument. Philip is currently working on a new album called Beyond the Pale which will feature contributions from John Prine and Crystal Gale and has recently been performing with Republic of Loose front man Mick Pyro.

Having performed his own Sean-nós song at last year’s concert, West Cork native, Iarla Ó Lionáird will join the John Martyn band at this year’s festival. Both Ó Lionáird and Martyn have a strong connection to the musical hub that is Thomastown, having both lived there for many years and their paths most definitely crossed at a session or two in the town.

One of the youngest musicians to join the line and potentially coming in as one of John’s biggest fans is Belfast musician Chris Campbell. Chris has spent the past year playing shows in Canada, USA and across Ireland and has supported acts such as Frank Turner, Mick Flannery and Nathaniel Rateliff. “It’s a privilege to be involved in a festival that celebrates such a phenomenal songwriter and musician. I was sold from the moment I heard “Couldn’t Love You More”. Martyn is one of the greats, an influence to so many songwriters including myself and I am looking forward to performing my tribute to the man himself” stated Chris Campbell.

Ben Mac Caoilte is a Kilkenny vinyl DJ and life - long fan of John Martyn. At this year’s festival, Ben will play a selection of John’s music from London Conversation to Heaven and Earth entirely on vinyl.

The line up to date includes Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Leslie Dowdall (inTuaNua), Ultan Conlon, The Man Whom, Kevin Power, Rob Doherty, Deetrich, Mundy, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Jacqui McShee, Doug Morter, Philip Donnelly, Chris Campbell, Ben Mac Caoilte. More acts to be announced in the coming weeks. For more information see or

For more information please contact Andrea Keogh or call +353 86 3440545

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