LEGENDARY singer-songwriter Donovan, 75, has chosen a historic Cork church for his first live performance in almost three years.
Glasgow-born Onovan Leitch has been at home in Ireland for nearly 40 years and said he chose Sea Church in Ballycotton for a concert that looks set to kick off a tour of intimate European venues.
“I have primarily chosen a small venue in Cork County as the first place to return to live concerts after the long closure of concert halls, to thank the people of Cork, where Linda and I call home,” said Donovan.
The Ballycotton concert is on May 1st – ten days before Donovan’s 76th birthday.
The star has lived outside of Mallow and has worked with a number of Irish musicians in recent years.
Celebrated as Brit Bob Dylan in the 1960s, he became one of the most influential songwriters of his generation and a good friend of John Lennon.
Brian Jones, Joan Baez, Jeff Beck, John Bonham, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.
His hits included “Catch the Wind”, “Colours”, “Universal Soldier”, “Sunshine Superman”, “Mellow Yellow” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man”.
Donovan was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014 with his 1965 album Sunshine Superman, which helped launch The
Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
Donovan was a good friend of all four Beatles and helped teach John Lennon his fingerpicking guitar style.
Ballycotton’s Sea Church is a unique venue set in a fully renovated 1835 Church of Ireland building.
Sea Church general manager John Kidney said they were thrilled to have been chosen by Donovan for the historic appearance.
“We are honored that Donovan has chosen Sea Church for his first live performance in more than two years,” he said.
“Donovan has won numerous awards over the years, including the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriting for his first song at just the age of one
His popular artistic talent has been seen and played around the world.”
Built as St Colman’s, Ballycotton Church suffered from a dwindling local Church of Ireland population and gradually over the years
fell into disrepair and eventually closed.
In 1995, the church would be part of the multi-million dollar Hollywood film Divine Rapture, starring Marlon Brando and Debra Winger
and Johnny Depp.
The film’s legacy – doomed to never be completed – would create a steady tourist market for the village.
In 2018, Ballycotton native Pearse Flynn set about realizing a dream of his own when he bought the church from American vendors.
After a lavish two-year renovation, Sea Church is now a specialty venue for music, entertainment and dining.
https://www.independent.ie/news/legendary-folk-music-hero-donovan-75-will-play-his-first-live-gig-in-three-years-at-cork-church-41545953.html Legendary folk music hero Donovan, 75, will play his first live performance in three years at Cork Church