Johnny Duhan’s eagerly awaited new album, The Burning Wood, is due to be released on August 15. Johnny’s songs have been covered by the likes of Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore, The Dubliners and Mary Black.
The much loved Drew once described Duhan as one of his favourite songwriters. Journalist John Waters describes the new album as, “truly a beautiful piece of work”. Duhan has very much the gift of the storyteller and his songs resemble a beautifully written aural short story which grabs the attention of the listener in the most eloquent of ways.
Duhan says that he likes writing emotive and sentimental songs, his songs are filled with lyrics that everybody can relate to and identify with, but he says it took hours of practice to master this skill. “The great thing about song writing is that it makes you condense everything down and down. You get a melodic form and within that melodic form you have to try and say something. It took years of studying poetry and listening to music to get to that stage.”
Johnny Duhan’s most famous song, ‘The Voyage’, is an absolute classic and is one of the most played songs at wedding ceremonies and sentimental occasions around the world.
Duhan’s music is the perfect antidote to the fast paced world in which we live. As one fan eloquently wrote online: “We have all the same pain, the same joy; the same frustrations in rearing children and the same frustrations with life in general. Just one man with guitar and soul made the night perfect. Thanks for that moment in time.”