October 8, 2017
John O’Regan 32 SIngland Crescent Garryowen Limerick Ireland – phone: 00353 87 2308600,
John O’Regan Biography 2017
John O’ Regan is a Broadcaster and Freelance Journalist from Limerick City, Ireland. His work appears in magazines such as, ‘Hot Press’, “Irish Music”, fRoots, MOJO, ‘Record Collector’, “Rock ‘N’ Reel’ and “The Living Tradition “.
His work has also been featured in online publications including, “Caught in the Act” and “The Greenman Review”.
He has been involved in local radio since the 1970’s and writing for magazines in Ireland and abroad since 1981. By day he works as an administrator with St Mary’s AID a community project based in Nicholas Street Limerick, serving St Mary’s Parish and the local community. Other times finds him at festivals, writing CD liner notes, reviews and articles and broadcasting on local radio. He has also graced the catwalk recently at the Strand Hotel Limerick for a fundraising fashion show for St Mary’s AID.
He holds a BA (Hons) in Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from University of Limerick and also an MA in Irish Media Studies from Mary Immaculate College/University of Limerick.
John O’Regan’s articles and reviews are published in Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway, the UK and USA. He contributes to “The Companion to Irish Traditional Music” (Cork University Press. 1999). His work is cited in ‘Irish Folk, Trad and Blues- a Secret History’ by Colin Harper and Trevor Hodgett (Collins Press. 2006) and ‘Beautiful Day-40 Years of Irish Rock’ by Sean Campbell (Cork University Press. 2004).
John O’ Regan’s depth of background knowledge is “Encyclopedic” earning respect for his broadcasting and writing abilities. Irish radio presenter, Mike Moloney described him as “Unreal, the guy really knows his tunes and he is passionate about his music.” The Programme for the 1998 “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Festival” Celtic Music tour of Germany refers to John O’Regan as, “One of Ireland’s leading Music Journalists.
John O’Regan contributes to arts, music, and news programmes on RTE Radio One, 2FM, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Derby, Downtown Radio (Northern Ireland), 98FM (Dublin), and Radio Kerry. He has also contributed to shows on VRT Radio 1 (Brussels) and College Radio programs in Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee USA.
Currently, John O’Regan presents “Eclectic Celt” on Limerick City Community Radio on Sundays at 2pm (www.lccr.ie) Eclectic Celt features – songs, instrumentals and stories from the Ambient, Celtic, Folk, Singer Songwriter, Traditional scenes and more with new releases, archive tracks, special features, tour dates and live interview sessions. https://www.facebook.com/eclecticcelt
John also presents “Hav Yez No Homes Ta go Ta?” a weekly satirical comedy/ music show on Saturdays at 11pm on Limerick City Community Radio (www.lccr.ie). “Hav Yez No Homes Ta Go Ta?” is “A zany hour of fun, banter, stories, music, and whatever you’re having yourself. Perfect entertainment for a Saturday night with an eye for the ironic and surreal. John mans the deck with Senor Barman and Igor the Bouncer to give you thrills spills and fun on the radio on Saturday nights
John O’ Regan writes liner notes for ARC Music, BGO Records, Celtic Aires, Celtic Heartbeat, Rhino Records and Music Club Records. He has written liner notes for over 200 albums by leading artists in the Folk/Roots/Rock, Blues and World Music including
Eric Andersen, Auto Da Fe, Joan Baez, Shirley Bassey, Capercaillie, Catfish, Clannad, Guy Clark, Judy Collins, Perry Como, Rodney Crowell, Curved Air, John Fahey, Fairport Convention, Jose Feliciano, Firefall, Janie Fricke, Gravy Train, Merle Haggard, Heart, Catherine Howe, David Johansen, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Labelle, Nicolette Larson, Gordon Lightfoot, Taj Mahal, John Martyn, Dave Mason, Iain Matthews, Charley McCoy, Mellow Candle, Christy Moore, Geoff Mudaur, Natural Acoustic Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Nobody’s Business, Tom Paxton, Poco, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, Terry Reid, Renaissance, REO Speedwagon, Buddy Rick, Tom Rush, Savoy Brown, Boz Scaggs, Ravi Shankar, Grace Slick, Jimmie Spheeris, Stepaside, John Stewart, Stoneground, Sweeney’s Men, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dubliners, The Incredible String Band, The Isley Brothers, The Johnston’s, The Ohio Players, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Young Tradition, The Youngbloods, Jennifer Warnes.
More artist have been added to this list and will be so in the future…..
He compiled several anthologies of Irish Folk Music including the 2014 Live Ireland award winning compilation, “The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk”, also “Gaelic Ireland” and “The Best of Celtic Folk” for ARC Music. Further compilations include, “Legends of Ireland”, “A Magical Gathering – The Clannad Anthology”, “The Very Best of Nicolette Larson” for Rhino Records and “Celtic Spirit” for Music Club. He also wrote the liner notes for “The Celtic Heartbeat Collection” on Celtic Heartbeat Records/WEA, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard World Music Charts.
John lectures in Music Journalism to City & Guilds and NCVA students in Cork, Dublin and Leitrim. He delivers a lecture entitled, ‘Developments in Irish Music’ at major festivals in Europe, Ireland, UK, and USA including ‘The Return to Camden Town’ festival in Camden Town, London, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival in Cleveland Ohio USA, Copenhagen Irish Festival (Denmark), Dublin Ohio Irish Cultural Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA, Erin Feis in Peoria, Illinois USA and the Milwaukee Irish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, ,.
John also branches into Artist PR handing press campaigns for albums by Clannad – “Nadur”, Ger Costelloe – “Letting in Water”, Iron Mountain -“Unum”, The Young Folk – “The Little Battle” and currently “The Very Round Robin Tour” with Roesy, Declan O’Rourke and The Young Folk. He is available for PR projects based in Ireland and the UK.
John O’Regan is a consummate professional broadcaster and writer. He lives for music and believes that spreading its good vibes is his vocation.
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