Fri 19 Oct

MusicAmanda St John & Friends sing 'Songs of my heroes'

Amanda St John and band (with guests) will present this special show featuring a selection of songs from Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield & Etta James as well as some originals inspired by these artists and her recent recordings in Muscle Shoals, USA – the same studio used by Aretha, Etta, Percy Sledge, James Brown etc.

Amanda St John

Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Glenariffe, Co. Antrim. She is a mainstay on the Irish radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as a "Head-turning vocalist with serous song writing prowess.........a sensational artist" (Visit Dublin).

In May 2018 Amanda and her band travelled to Alabama in the USA to follow in the footsteps of her heroes 'Aretha Franklin, Etta James  Wilson Pickett (to name a few) to record an album in the legendary FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals  (due for release in early 2019).  

She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi ReaderMary CoughlanGareth DunlopCiaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer who has worked with BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc...). Gaining substantial media interest in Ireland and the UK including extensive airplay on the BBC and RTE as well as reviews in Hotpress Magazine & The Irish Times Amanda is known for her passionate and powerful live performances and is fast establishing herself as one of Ireland’s leading vocalists.  With live sessions with the infamous ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London, many festival slots and tours of UK, Ireland and USA under her belt the future is looking very bright indeed for this talented musician.

If I Should Fall

If Dusty Springfield were alive she’d say ‘that’s my girl’!

Grammy winning US producer Jon Tiven

An incredible vocal performer and wonderfully talented songwriter.

Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

The songs echo jazz/soul/gospel greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Odetta and Billie Holiday.

Irish Times

Event Details

Fri 19 Oct
19:30 to 22:00

£15 / Under 25s £5


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  • Slip Inn
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  • Fiddler's Green

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