Thanks for tuning in. 'Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta' is a selection of songs from several of my theatre shows recorded now with The Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra. A mixture of comic blues and haunted ballads, featuring songs from 'The Derry Boat' 'The Mental' 'Dead Rooster Blues' 'Sparkplug' and others all given the 'Highly Strung' treatment with the warm earthy guitars of Fionn Robinson, the Ella-mental voice and kaleidoscopic clarinets of Orlaith Gilcreest, the pulsing piano and hair-blowing Hammond of Jeremy Howard as well as my own punky blues ukulele and cigar box guitar, all recorded at Attica Audio in Termon, Co.Donegal under the “super-vision” of Tommy McLaughlin of Villagers.
The recording comes about as a result of a residency with An Grianán Theatre where they published three of my plays as 'The Donegal Trilogy'. Songs play such an integral part of my theatre that it was decided an audio recording be made of these songs as they break new ground in the development of contemporary theatre music in the region and so the Donegal County Arts Service kindly agreed to provide some funding towards the recording of a selection of songs from shows that were commissioned by Earagail Arts Festival. We’ve now decided that some songs from other shows are just too good to leave out and perhaps we can even squeeze a song in from a radio play!
I’m asking for your support and participation to help complete the project and to make 'Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta' available on download, CD and vinyl long-playing record; you can do so by purchasing the recording in advance or by purchasing one of the unique limited edition packages compiled especially for this Fund It campaign.
Little John Nee is a writer and performer who has developed an original and authentic contemporary style of musical storytelling and theatrical songs that has won him recognition in the United States; an 'Outstanding Lead Performer' Helen Hayes nomination in Washington DC. in Europe; a 'Special Mention Award' at the Prix Italia for the radio production of 'Sparkplug' and at home; an 'Irish Times Theatre Award' for 'Best Sound Designer' for Sparkplug.
The Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra, all accomplished musicians and performers in their own right with a dazzling resume of talents and skills as multi-instrumentalists, film makers, actors, editors and educators, they bring energy, sensitivity and layers of delicate and powerful harmony to these songs.
“I really look forward to seeing what Little John Nee comes up with,. The songs in his one man shows are so original and totally enjoyable” - John Prine
“I have long since loved Little John’s work. From Spanish Point to Inis Mor from Ballymun to Carnsore I have marvelled at the art of his performance. I eagerly await his debut album” - Christy Moore
“Little John Nee’s charming, skilled tunes and their at times, Dylan Thomas-like lyrics and words veer magnificently from the sublimely poetic to the rough and vulgar” - Irish Theatre Magazine