I am an Irish poet, storyteller & singer. I have been writing & performing my original poetry & stories for over 35 years in Ireland, and now here in Australia. I have performed all over,including 'Woodford' (I won Poets breakfast –twice & have spoken at 3 of the Woodford Festival ‘Fire events’) and at the National Folk festival (2009 Poets Breakfast winner) also with Sásta (Irish band) at the National in 2012 & Woodford 2013. I will be performing & conducting a workshop at The National Folk Festival and several other festivals during 2013
It has been wonderful recording my CD 'Volume 1',a collection of my favourite original poems with some beautiful backing music from my musician friends. It is available at gigs or by contacting me via Facebook or email, it will be available on CD Baby & iTunes soon!
"Joe was born in the wild and rugged Cork and Kerry mountains in 1954. Although he was born the youngest of eleven children, he spent most of his time on his own roaming and dreaming around his beloved hills.From an early age he loved poetry, fascinated by poets like Yeats,Poe and Frost. He felt that reading their poetry was like going on holidays to another world. Only an average scholar, Joe never believed he could write poetry of his own until at the age of 35 he experienced a huge emotional upheaval. He wrote frantically and passionately to off-laod the pain. At first, the writing was a necessity but soon evolved into something he did for the pure love of it. And so it was, that bleak period, the dark night of despair gave way to a bright and beautiful morning and the poet was born.
Joe's award winning poem 'Hey Martin' has been described as the most inspirational poem written in 50 years.Whereas his 'Emily' and 'Strawberries and cream' are both breathtaking poems in the romantic stakes.
'Somewhere over in Iraq' is a deeply moving tribute to Joe's youngest son who was, at the time of writing, serving overseas. Joe's own emigrant story is summed up perfectly in 'Just outside Maleny'. In a way, this poem is a story of most emigrants to this great land (Australia) and the listener will relate to it whether you have been in Australia for twenty or two hundred years....."
I am available for Festivals, Workshops & Events - please contact me on email@example.com or
0439 477 820 (Queensland , Australia )
UPCOMING GIGS: (Private Functions & Events not advertised)
Neurum Creek festival (QLD)
The National Folk Festival (ACT)
Woodford Folk Festival (QLD)
2013 December 27th - Jan 1st - Woodford Folk Festival (with Sásta)
March 28th - April 1st - The National Folk Festival - (Canberra ACT) June 8th - The Celtic Weekend @ Caloundra Power Boat Club April 19th - 21st - The Maleny Music Weekend - (QLD)
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