The musical influences of UltanJohn are many and varied, including John Martyn, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Tim Buckley, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Al Jolson, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Grant Lee Phillips, Dave Matthews and many more. Ultan Conlon Ultan’s first introduction to music was through his father’s renditions of Elvis classics that piqued his interest in melody and led him to taking guitar lessons at the age of 10 from a local nun! Ultan started writing songs in his mid teens and found it was his true calling. By the time of his Leaving Cert he was spending most of his time writing in his bedroom (so much so that his mother was expecting great things from all the time ‘studying’!) Ultan has toured the stages of Ireland, mainland Europe and a season in North America and Canada as both a solo artist and in various bands. He has recorded a track on Origin Records’ album See the Light in 1999, a live album in 2002 from the Kings Head in Galway, a 5 track EP in 2004 as well as the Live 05 album with John Conneely. John Conneely John formed his first band at the age of 15 and played his first gig at the tender age of 16.
He then started playing in a rock covers band that went on to form the acoustic band Charis. Charis released a number of solo albums and appeared on a number of compilations, and have toured throughout Ireland independently and supporting bands such as Kila, as well as in the US and London. John Conneely’s influences range from the harmonies of Nina Simone and Ray Charles to Bob Dylan and Radiohead, with the tread running through them all being the lyrical timbre and resonance that transcends its age. Leading away from preconceptions of ‘beardy’ folk John wants to bring the distinctive sound of UltanJohn to Ireland and beyond with a strength of sound from two musicians that is as powerful as a quartet or full band. "Great songs, fantastic melodies, a secret far too long"....Jonny Quinn (Snow Patrol) "A little hint of Roesy, a little hint of Jeff Buckley, a large dollop of John Martyn" John Creedon (RTE Radio One) “UltanJohn are agents of musical evolution” Bernie Murphy (Reuters Television) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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