Johnny Duhan: Creation | Album Review

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Artist: Johnny Duhan
Genre: Singer / Songwriter
Label: Bell Records

If there is a more resilient yet under-the-radar Irish singer-songwriter than Johnny Duhan then we have yet to meet them.

To say that he has soldiered on in the face of general indifference is an understatement, yet his body of work is substantial, infused as it is with equal measures of integrity, a kind of spiritual succour, and a reflective quality that is without equal.

Duhan has intimated that Creation may well be (ironically, given its title) his final record; we can't see that happening, but if for some reason he means it, then take comfort in the fact that songs such as the title track, The Fallen Tree, Missing You, and the second half song suite (all of which focus on, and probe, the nature and utter mystery of religious conviction) constitute a songwriter bowing out whilst at the top of his very serious game.

Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in popular culture