Thursday 9pm – WHERE JOHNNY DOHERTY meets JOHN MARTYN
In the fourth of the series of LEGEND SESSIONS a virtual reality tribute session to two musical greats who, although no longer with us in this life continue to have a major influence on our musical heritage, will be hosted. They are Donegal fiddler, Johnny Doherty who died in the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon in 1980 and the eclectic John Martyn, who went to the great festival in the sky in 2009.
John Doherty was an explorer of his own country and its music. He travelled and played all over the North West playing music and he was an integral part of the rich culture of the area. His compositions and style of playing are very much to the fore wherever Irish traditional music is played
John Martyn was also an experimenter who pushed the boundaries of his world, his talent and his music. His creativity probed many musical boundaries and styles, sometimes at the expense of commercial success, but his legacy is priceless.
Though their backgrounds and genres are in sharp contrast their music crosses boundaries and allows us to imagine how they would have synthesised had they actually met. This virtual reality session attempts to create the session that might have taken place if they had travelled through time and space to Ballyshannon and logged into one of the many virtual sessions that are taking place due to the ongoing lockdown.
This distanced musical conversation between these legends will be facilitated by modern day legends Seamie O’Dowd, a renowned traditional, rock and blues performer and Sligo-based singer/songwriter Gerry Grennan and although it respects Social Distancing, it is guaranteed to take the “IST” out of distancing and have you Social Dancing!