Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter with guitar and melodeon accompaniment.
Writer of ” Fiddlers’ Green”, “The Trawling Trade”,” Punch and Judy Man”and many more.
John has been a presence on the British folk scene since the folk revival in the early ’60s, and indeed was among the founders of the Grimsby Folk Song club, which opened its doors in 1964.
Many of his early songs, written in conjunction with his old friend and songwriting partner Bill Meek, tell heartwarming stories of the lives and labours of the East Coast fishing community, and these songs in particular have earned John a welcome at Folk and Maritime Festivals worldwide.
More recently, John has broadened the subject-matter of his writing – he has written tender love songs, hard-hitting political protests,and outrageously funny ditties which he describes as his “Saucy Postcard Collection”.
A typical John Conolly performance will include a finely-judged mixture of these genres for, above all, John likes to entertain, and to send an audience home happy!
Many of John’s songs have been covered by well known national and international acts like Roy Bailey, the Dubliners, Liam Clancy, Malinky, The McCalmans, Stormalong John and George Hamilton IV, to name but a few!