llegal Smile to play tribute to John Prine

by James Hendicott
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When John Prine passed as a result of Covid-19 early in the pandemic, in April 2020, the world of music was bereft at the loss of a multi Grammy award winner revered by many as one of the foremost American Country/ Folk singer songwriters of our time.

The grief felt by fans across the world after John passed was testament to the deep connection he forged with his audience.  He was a poet without pretension, and spoke for and to ordinary people through songs which deal with the human condition from the cradle to the grave.

Kris Kristofferson commented, of the young Prine, “This guy is so good we will probably have to break his thumbs,” a quote which summed the man up.

Illegal Smile consider themselves the foremost aficionados of John’s work in Europe, and will pay tribute to the great man at the Grand Social on January 30. They work hard to reproduce John’s songs with integrity and sincerity, combined with the musical skill listener’s associate with John’s music, including classics like ‘Sam Stone’, ‘Hello in There’, ‘Angel from Montgomery’ and ‘Lake Marie’.

Opening for Illegal Smile is Brian Houston, from Belfast, who has shared stages with Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Robert Plant and has more than 25 albums to his credit.

The delayed tribute – thanks to shows being closed for much of the past two years – could be an emotional affair with the weight of covid, and hopefully its restrictions passing, hanging over the loss to society of musicians in general and Prine in particular, and the impact on the industry, as the band and audience join together to pay tribute. Tickets are available on thegrandsocial.ie.

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