Artist Biography

John Walsh is Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist.

An accomplished musician and composer, John has been performing solo since 2006.

Along with performing concerts throughout Ireland and venues in Spain and the UK, he has performed in one of the most historically important flamenco venue’s ,’El Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival Flamenco de Consuegra.

In 2015 he had the honour of being invited to play at the 2nd International Paco de Lucia Guitar festival, a major flamenco festival in honour of the great Paco de Lucia, in the Maestro’s hometown of Algeciras

 
John Walsh Guitar Biography-Magda Kozlowska Photshoot 2012

 

 

 

He has composed music for and performed with the National Ballet of Ireland, Bill Whelan’s Riverdance & Michael Rooney’s De Cuellar Orchestra among others and performed for the Irish President Michael D Higgins.

He has performed onstage with many acclaimed artists including Salvador Andrades, Jose Manuel Leon, Maria Delgado, Alicia Carrasco, Karen Lugo, Luis de Luis, Antonio Sanchez, Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, Gines Pozas, Jaime Salazar Losada, Jaime Nadal Perez, Jose Torres, David Avila, Olayo Jimenez, Lucas Gonzalez, Mercedes Garcia Lopez, Pepe de Algeciras.
Most recently John was featured on the Madrid-based Flamenco radio show Tribu de Miguelon.

 
Detailed Biography

After obtaining a Diploma in classical guitar from Trinity College London, John dedicated his studies exclusively to Flamenco guitar. He studied with guitarist Francisco Garcia in Dublin before travelling to Algeciras, Spain, home of the legendary Paco de Lucia to study with Salvador Andrades. He has since studied with other masters of Flamenco such as Jose Manuel Leon and Juan Antonio Suarez.

In 2008 he was invited to perform in the National Concert Hall Dublin and the Millennium Theatre Limerick supporting the Garcia Flamenco National tour.

John was one of the 10 musicians (and the only guitarist) chosen for the 2009 ‘Musicians of the Future’ concert in the National Concert Hall performing 2 original compositions composed specially for the concert.

John Walsh Guitar Biography-With friend and teacher Salvador Andrades, Algeciras 2008

With friend and teacher Salvador Andrades, Algeciras 2008

John Walsh Guitar Biography-With Jose Manuel León & Alicia Carrasco, Algeciras 2012

With Jose Manuel León & Alicia Carrasco, Algeciras 2012


In 2013 he composed music for the National Ballet of Ireland’s new version of ‘Carmen’ choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple and went on to tour Ireland, performing his music live onstage with the dancers.

In 2014 he was invited to play in El Candela, the famous flamenco venue in Madrid and at the Festival Flamenco International de Consuegra the following week.

In 2015 he was invited to play in Algeciras, the birthplace of Flamenco Guitar’s greatest figure Paco de Lucia at the 2nd International Paco de Lucia Guitar Festival.

He has performed onstage with many acclaimed artists including Salvador Andrades, Jose Manuel Leon, Maria Delgado, Alicia Carrasco, Karen Lugo, Luis de Luis, Antonio Sanchez, Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, Gines Pozas, Jaime Salazar Losada, Jaime Nadal Perez, Jose Torres, David Avila, Olayo Jimenez, Lucas Gonzalez, Mercedes Garcia Lopez, Pepe de Algeciras.

John is currently in the process of composing material for his debut album which is due to begin recording in late 2014.

Aside from performing, John has a special passion for music education and with raising the profile and knowledge of Flamenco in Ireland. He regularly gives Flamenco Workshops & Masterclasses throughout Ireland, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and in the UK.

Besides music John has a keen interest in Astronomy and Physics, holding a degree in Applied Physics.

Previous venues in Ireland include :

 

Electric Picnic, Gaiety Theatre, Olympia Theatre,

National Concert Hall, Millenium Theatre, RDS,

JJ Smyths,  Cork Jazz Festival

Ards International Guitar Festival, City of Derry Guitar Festival,

Boyle Arts Festival, Imagine Arts Festival, Thurles Arts Festival,

Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Guinness Storehouse, Kilkenny Castle,

Charleville Castle, Liberty Hall, Backstage Theatre,

Dun Laoghaire festival of World Cultures, Bray Arts Festival

along with various other venues in Ireland, Spain and UK