John Walsh Irish Flamenco Guitarist

Debut album ‘Irlandalucía’ out now – Shop now

“Masterful Guitar Playing” – Irish Examiner

John Walsh is Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist.

For the last 14 years John has been at the forefront of Flamenco in Ireland, as a performer, composer and educator. 

Having studied with Flamenco masters in Algeciras, Seville & Granada over the course of 4 years, John returned to Ireland to bring his passion for Flamenco music to the stage.
As a performer he has being invited as the International Artist to The 2015 Paco de Lucia Guitar Festival in Algeciras, Spain & The 2014 International Flamenco Festival in Consuegra, Spain. John also performed for 2 consecutive nights in 2014 in the famous Flamenco venue ‘El Candela’ in Madrid, Spain.
John has been featured on National television & radio and has composed music for the National Ballet of Ireland and Riverdance amongst others.
Most recently, his guitar playing can be heard in the movie ‘Riverdance-The Animated Adventure’ on Sky Cinema
In his home country of Ireland he has given concerts in the National Concert Hall on a number of occasions and appeared in the Guitar Festival of Ireland, the City of Derry Guitar Festival, Ards Guitar Festival and many more.
In 2020 John released his debut album ‘Irlandalucía, which received widespread critical acclaim both Nationally and Internationally.

“A technically brilliant, deeply beautiful and affecting journey through the heartland of flamenco, and one that bears Walsh’s quite personal melodic, rhythmic and percussive stamp, Irlandalucía would likely draw more than a few approving olés in the flamenco shrines of Andalusia. Jaw droppingly good..

– Irlandalucía review – Ian Patterson,

“John Walsh is a technically brilliant and accomplished guitarist. He has brought some very beautiful ideas from the world of Flamenco guitar back and introduced them to Irish music.” – Martin Hayes

“It is one thing to be able to get your fingers around the blinding technique required to play flamenco guitar. It is another thing altogether for the player to imbue the passion and expression of flamenco into his playing.
John Walsh manages magnificently to achieve both!”

– Bill Whelan, Composer, Creator of Riverdance

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