Johnny Duhan







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Hey Johnny,

I need to tell you that I did not hear an album so moving as Winter in years. I listened to that whole album over and over for about, let’s say, at least 20 times in the last few weeks, and still I am moved so deeply by that sad, honest, strong yet kind of sensible and fragile songs. I did not know your music until I read Ken Bruen’s “Jack Taylor” series, so thanks needs to go to him as well...

Fred Schmutzke



Hi there,

My parents are both huge fans and they have had a rough year. I want to get them your new album but for the life of me I can't find the album name online and I can't ask them because I want to send it to them as a surprise. Its both of their birthdays next week, if you could get back to me and let me know I'd really appreciate it!

I have been listening to your music (through my parents) since I was young (I am 32 now.) Whereas I didn't appreciate it when I was younger and it was on in the car when we'd be going somewhere, the older I got the more I came to understand the music and the art behind it and I would just like to say that you are a wonderful artist and a credit to us all. I see that you just played in Castlebar and I missed it, next time that you play I will bring my parents to see you.

Good luck and thank you for bringing such enjoyment to my parents through your art and, I am sure, to many many others.

Le deá-ghuí,

James Moran


After listening to your albums I need to say that there are not many authors in today's modern and rationalized world, if at all, who would not find it too old-fashioned (not to use some other words to describe it) to sincerely and simply praise the Lord and His Creation in their songs, the way you do. Thank you for it.


Kind regards,

Ivan Vrbanic




Why is Just Another Town not recognized for the classic it is. Being a singer/ songwriter myself all I can

say is if I could write and sing a song nearly a fraction of the lyrical quality as this I would be a very contented man. Thank you Mr Duhan .



Dear Johnny

I just want to say how much I enjoyed the concert in The Town Hall last night.

On the way out I told your son to tell you that you are getting better with age, not that 

I thought it was possible for you to get better.

At the end of the night you sang my favourite song of yours, In our Father's Name. I'm not sure I have the title correct, but it was the very last one.

I hope it won't be so long until we hear you in Galway again.

wishing you all the best,


Great concert last night, spellbinding, thanks,

Steve Wickham


I had fallen asleep and left the radio on all night on the pillow, when at 06.15 I heard this fabulous song & jumped out of bed & down to the computer to check this out in case I forgot, no fear, this song is riveted in my memory now, a real classic, beautiful song. Absolutely hits the spot & I'm no silly kid but a 64 yr old Thanks for making my day before I head off to a rally in Craughwell.

Tony Linton

I hope to get to Galway to see you play on the 3rd. Your beautiful record 'just another town' has been a close friend to me over the years, thanks Johnny.

Steve Wickham


Johnny, I like so many of your songs, I just keep hitting replay.

Blair Tomkins


johnny, thank u so much for such a moving concert - t.g for paper tissues! The beautiful song you wrote for your lovely daughter bowled me over. i have a lovely daughter too of 17 and finding teen years so hard. I’m trying to locate the album it’s on. Thank u so much for your beautiful mind.


Good evening, Mr. Duhan. Your songs and prose really mean a lot to me. Best wishes and love from Cologne.

Achim Lauber

He weaves stories into songs, sings the story and then tells it in his wonderful unique way. Thanks Johnny, the Mermaid concert was fab, currently enjoying your book.

Pat O’Connor


I am in Tennessee, just an old country boy who likes to write songs and sing beautiful songs such as yours. I sang The Voyage to my wife at our wedding and it is special to me.

Thanks and Blessings!

Without Music, Life Would Bb

Joel David McKissack

Dear Johnny,

Thank you so much for the song Winter. I hope it grabs the nation's consciousness as The Voyage did. We still have a Bard in Ireland. Well done.



Hi Johnny, thanks for tackling Our Most Pressing Problem in your song "Winter".......As far as I know, you are our only songwriter to tackle this nightmare we are locked into. Christy and the others seem lost within snooze mode.

Thank you. 



What a super gift, your song Winter. So true and so well crafted. Be it the huddled conversation around the fire

at O' Donohues in Fanore or the venues in Laois and elsewhere, all Irish people feel what you have put together in this wonderful song. I would love to send on the lyrics to my friends if you permit me but I understand copyrights...Together in the New Year, yes I do believe that if we all stay together as a community we will rise again. I look forward to your gig in the Dunamaise so until then may God shine his light on you and all yours..





I want to commend you for writing your latest song " Winter " the lyrics and the tone of your voice are sublime.

 It sums up the feeling in the country at present and the economic climate we find ourselves in through no fault of our own. A generation of young and not so young people will be lost to emigration to find work. We have been betrayed by some auditors, bankers, regulators and politicians who " still scoop rewards "and to date have not paid the price we are having to pay !!! Singer / Songwriters and Poets like you give us a voice to be heard and listened to. !!!

Long may you continue the " Voyage " Johnny.

 Go riabh maith agat

 Tomas Mac Artuir 


Your song Winter is more of what is needed. The truth needs to be out there in front of the people in words that they not only understand but in a way that is easy to listen to. Happy New Year, Johnny.

Charles Phillips


Regarding your new song “Winter”,  Mad Magazine depicted Ireland as a land of "Rogues & Robbers" - some things never change !

Austin Wallace



You have got your fingar right on the button with your new song, Winter.

Mitch McMahon

""Mad" Magazine depicted Ireland as a land of "Rogues & Robbers" - some things never change ! 


Remember Johnny, what the sculptor Rodin once said... "what's not built with time will be destroyed by time..." your work will outlast you effortlessly, be sure...."

Alain Noslier


Hi John

i hope all is well with you.  i've been listening to your music for many years.  i hope you keep doing what you're doing for a long time.  i'm a guitar and cello maker, here in cork for many years and i'm making a few guitars for the u.s. at the moment and i would like to give one to you.John. no money will change hands.  it's not a promotion.  maybe its a way of giving something back.  i hope you will enjoy the sound.

martin flaherty


hi Johnny,

I must be the only person in ireland not to have known that The Voyage sung by Christy Moore was written by you. i heard it randomly three years ago in personal circumstances, and it always stuck in my head although i didn't know anything about it except that it sounded like christy moore and the line 'i was the sailor you’re my first mate'. i've constantly made mental notes to find out what it was since then. and finally found out last night through a wikipedia-train that i was right about it being christy but that you wrote it. So i just wanted to say it's an absolutely super song, has to rank among the best irish popular songs written in the last 50 years, terrific stuff.

and the other is that I found your There Is A Time book in my folks today, and..i'm nicking it and looking forward to reading it, it looks like a great read

best of luck with all future shows, and come and play in dublin



II’ve been reading the Jack Taylor novels by Ken Bruen and keeps mentioning Johnny Duhan. Holy fuck do I now understand why he keeps saying his songs rip your heart out.


The song "The Voyage" you wrote has to be one of the greatest songs ever written!!!

Ciao, John

4:57am Jan 15

You are the best songwriter I have ever come across in my life, I have you featured on Youtube wit that beautiful song about your daughter, she is gorgeous.xx

Noreen Sillett

Hi Johnny

I spent a few weeks taking photographs of the Tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia earlier this year.

The villages were primitive and remote and the occasional shops & bars were the only sources of electricity.

One day I was astonished to hear a CD  of Christy Moore playing in a shop full of half naked Mursi Tribespeople. It appears that your song 'the Voyage' was a favorite of one of the elders and he insisted that it was played whenever he went into the shop. So I thought you would like to know that you have fans in the most unusual places.


Gerry Andrews

Johnny, Thanks for a wonderful show last Fri. I told your son Brian as I purched cds that the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team winners of 7 All Ireland Finals in the last 8 years, play and sing "Dont give up till its over" from the Red Cow to Croke park each year.

Kay & Liam Sheehan



In the beginning of June my wife and visited Ireland for the first time by car. Every time I visit a country, I am very much interested in the local music. So I collect addresses from music shops all over the country. I visited the music shop from Claddagh music in the quarter of Temple Bar. I asked the man there if he knew nice acoustic/folk music. He mentioned your name and the name of Sonny Condell. He had all your Cd's except To The Light and from Sonny Condell he had nothing.So I started listening to your music and a new world opened for me. You music sounded so familiar to me, while I had never heard it before. It is a very strange sensation that you're feelin immediately so comfortable by hearing your music.

For me was the atmosphere your music gave, an expression from the atmosphere I experienced visiting Ireland. It seemed connected with each other. A very nice experience that our visit gave an extra impulse for me. The result was that I bought all the CD's the man had and that I thought to look further when I was back in Holland for To The Light, which I now have.

And here I am.

with kind regards

John Berkhout  


...I am stunned at your talent, totally blown away,probably one of the most original voices ever, & yet seems like it has been around since the tree & the apple or should have been, wonderful just wonderful.

David Tenpersen, Allcante, Spain - youTube response

Hello Johnny,

I loved the CDs. They cover, I imagine,

Quite a long period of time. The songs in

“Tree” and “The Voyage” are pure gems:

Direct, concentrated and what is most

Difficult to achieve, they seem so simple,

So “out of life as it really is” of which

Nobody really sings about.

“Flame” is somewhat darker but “After the

Dream” is the lightening up that announces

The next albums.

The other albums are more mature, more

Introspective and musically more elaborate.

All your songs have a somewhat mesmerizing

Quality, you just want to keep on listening

To this music and that voice.

The only thing missing are word-sheets

Because the words are worth reading and

Thinking about. Many songs have hymn-like


Thanks again for enabling me to discover your

Songs and for being so available and welcoming.


Gil Rubinstein,  France



I was wondering if there was sheet music for your song The Voyage? 


It’s kind of our families theme song.  My wife and I were told we would never have kids and yet the Lord has blessed us with 4.  When our first was born we kind of adopted this song as our family song and it continues to be with our one girl and three boys.  They are all still really young and I often sing to them before they go to bed.  This is one of the songs I like to sing to them.


I don’t know if you wanted to know that little story, but there you have it.


Thanks so much.

 Aaron Sturgill


2 minutes and 44 seconds of The Burning Word before going to work to mont saint michel...and i'm conquered !!!.... brillant...there's something of an Anamcara in it, definitely !

Thank You Johnny for your Mystic Blue....i wish i could express how it makes me feel.

Alain Noslier, St Malo, France

Absolutely beautiful; simple,yet deep. It was Freddy White who opened us to you Johnny,and I've been captivated ever since.

Clare Toland

What a truly beautiful song once again dear Johnny...

Sandra Neff, Cork

Hi Johnny, My wife bought me a copy of your album The Burning Word for Christmas. Thanks so much....nice and reflective over Christmas period (snow and all). Favorite tracks This World Is Not Conclusion, The Burning Word, and Sure Amen. Very reflective, best listened to alone so as to concentrate on lyrics.

Gerry, Derry

hi, just listened to Flame again after a long time in a western zone. It represents my life in many ways, thanks very much. Been into your music for a long time and flame always helped me.   

Bryan.   Wexford 

Dear Johnny

I recently bought your new album as a Christmas present for my husband. It is a wonderful album and we have enjoyed listening to it many times over the past few weeks - thank you so much.


We live in Wiltshire and you asked me how we had heard of this album. We get regular emails from Irish Music Mail and it was on one of these that your album was highlighted. We have known your music for many years originally through Christy Moore and Mary Black. On a trip to London 15 years ago we bought your album "Just Another Town" and as a consequence quickly bought more.

We love the themes with each album  and they have all given us such pleaseure over the years.

The Family album in particular became very  special to us when we ourselves became parents. We love all of them - the tunes and the lyrics which are so meaningful.


You are such a gifted and spiritual songwriter . It is an ambition of ours to see you Live in Ireland one day - hopefully one day we will (my mum lives in Antrim)


 Thank you for the music

Colette and Dave Williams

Hi Johnny.......I have been jumping in  and out of you for many years now as far back as asking you one night at a gig in Wexford to play "Girls in my Memory".  Of course you played it but what was even better for us was that you played a full two hour set to all of four of us who turned up as your audience.  Great for us the intimacy of that gig if not for your pocket.  We even had a non-paying gatecrasher at the interval who swelled the audience by one but yet you played on never uttering a word of disappointment.  You were a complete professional and you played with such passion and belief.  Santa brought me "The Burning Word" in my stocking and all I can say is that I am amazed that you have maintained the intensity of emotion and songwriting ability that coursed your veins many years ago.  The title track is absolutely the perfectly written song, precise in word and melody.  It reminds me of "Benediction", another holy song of boyhood memories.  I feel it too.  Thank you.


Fergal Murphy

Hi Johnny

I have spent the last week listening to The Burning Word and want to say how much the songs have affected me. I haven't been able to listen to it yet without crying (this is a good thing!!). It is a beautiful, simple, evocative collection of songs and I have rarely experienced such a personal reaction to any piece of art, poetry etc. My wife (who has also been 'blown away' by The Burning Word CD) finished a Masters in Spirituality recently and completed a thesis on the Mystical Journey of Leonard Cohen through his songs and lyrics commented, "maybe I need to do a PHD on Johnny Duhan"!

Thank you again for sharing your faith journey through your songs,

David Doyle

Hi Johnny,


Just returned from my first visit to Ireland.  My deceased  grandparents are from there and I felt so very connected to all Irish after this visit.    We stayed in Limerick.  My son-in-law Padraigh Kearney from Patrick’s Well told me that it was you singing “The Burning Word” while we were sitting in a car in downtown Limerick. You touched my heart and soul with this most beautiful  song.  I could play it over and over.  I answered the phone and a lady asked me the name of your song so that she could purchase this album.


You are a man that has been so very blessed with such beautiful tunes from our Father in Heaven.  Your earthly father must look down upon you and be ever so pleased to see you helping others to our dear Father & Most Holy Mother Mary.


God Bless you and your family.  A family is the greatest gift that Jesus can present to us.


Love & Prayers,

Patricia Driscoll Trapp

Erie, Pa. USA

Dear Johnny,

I wanted to tell you how much your songs have blessed me and my family. 

A few weeks back I got a call in Chicago to come home.  My Mom had been rushed to hospital suddenly with liver failure.  As it turned out it was aggressive cancer.  Thank God, we made it on time and spent her last few days sitting with her in Blackrock hospice.  On her last day with us we sang her favorite songs.  My Dad requested that I sing ‘the voyage’, a song I had played for them once when they danced.  I sang it and he wept over her.  He asked me to sing it again at her funeral and there wasn’t a dry eye in the church.

Mom went to be buried in her homeplace in the country.  On the night before her burial, my brother and I almost got into a fight.  It was brought on by years of issues never addressed and came to a head with the pressure of Mom’s death.  I went home feeling horrible.  My cousin gave me your album and I read the following lines, taken from your song

In Our Father’s Name:

In the long shadow of our family tree

That darkened once the heart in me

I found good reason to believe in our frail seed

What beautiful words.  They gave me such a power to forgive the hurts and recognize my own frailties that I often ignore.  Thanks for sharing your gift of song writing with the world.  It has been a huge blessing to me.  I’m leaving for Texas tomorrow and am looking forward to listening to the full album on the long drive there.  Your songs remind me of home, but I think they will also fit well with the cornfields of Illinois and the great wide open of Missouri.

God bless Johhnny.  On my next trip home I hope to catch a show you may do.

Brian R

Chicago (formerly Dublin)

p.s. Is the Father supposed to be God, or our Dads?

Dear Johnny,


The show was fantastic it was well worth the trip. The music and your singing and also

the way you introduced each song was fantastic.Your songs touched every one that was

there and my favourite was The Beacon. I met an old guy outside after the show and he

was leaning against the wall, crying. I asked him was he ok and he said he was and then

he said to me “That man’s music really got to me tonight”. I had a few more words with

him and then we went our separate ways. Johnny, it was for me a magic night and I hope

it will not be too long before I see you again.


Take care.

 John McDonough



Your concert was the perfect antidote to a world gone mad. Loved the stories, the

singing, the simplicity. My husband loves the melody and I love the poetry. I cried

through “Your Sure Hand”. We have all had the same pain, the same joy; the same

frustrations in rearing children and the same frustration with life in general. Just one

man with guitar and soul made the night perfect. Thanks for that moment in time.”

MaryJo Hannon

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“My life’s work is reflected in four collections of songs - Just Another Town, To The Light,

The Voyage and Flame - which correspond to the four chapters of my lyrical autobiography,

                                                                        TO THE LIGHT.”




        Station Hotel Theatre, Clifden, Co Galway -       Thursday 26 June 8pm -

       LegenDerry Maritime Festival, Derry -                Sunday 29 June - on the Quayside

Autumn Tour 2014:

      Draiocht, Blanchardstown -                                 Sat. 20 Sept. 8pm -   01 885 2622                         

      Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare  - Sat. 25 Sept. 8pm - 045 448330

      Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary -        Thurs 9 Oct. 8pm -  504 90204

      The Glen Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim  -   Friday 10 Oct. 8pm - 071 9855833

      Ballina Art centre, Co Mayo -                               Saturday 11 Oct. 8pm - 096 73593                           



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