Once More With Feeley

Ahead of his Sunday afternoon performance, we explore the musical roots of Ireland’s most acclaimed classical guitarist, John Feeley.

My older brother bought a guitar and a pellet gun for a few pounds when I was 13 or so. I started playing the guitar, self-taught.

I remember that the strings were so high of the fretboard that one of my fingers bled.

Within a month or so I joined a local group and played with them through secondary school. After a few weeks, I progressed from being the rhythm guitarist to being lead guitarist. We were called various names – one that I can’t ever forget being The Pregnant Rollerskate. However, we had to change that to The Rock Machine as promoters didn’t like that last name.

When I moved to Dublin, studying engineering first, I heard John Williams in concert and was so impressed that the guitar could be played like this. So I started to teach myself classical. I also changed to studying music in Trinity College. After graduating from Trinity I went to New York to do postgraduate. My first job was teaching in Memphis State university (for two years) after which I was offered a job in the College of Music, Dublin (part of the DIT later).

Music has always been at the centre of my life…

You can grab your tickets for John Feeley at The Whale on Sunday, May 19th at 4pm right here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873644216



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