Saturday, July 5, 2014

It’s a long long way to Tipperary: honored to be selected as a finalist for the Tipperary Peace Song of Peace Final at the Aherlow House Hotel, Tipperary

July 4th 2014
Brooklyn New York

It’s a long long way to Tipperary for Cavan born and Brooklyn living Singer-Songwriter John Munnelly who is honored to be selected as a finalist for the Tipperary Peace Song of Peace Final
at the Aherlow House Hotel on Thursday July 10th. 2014

John Munnelly, the award winning songwriter, musician, actor and video maker based in Brooklyn, NYC returns home to Ireland selected as a top 10 finalist in the Tipperary Song for Peace. The Song of Peace Final takes place at 6:30 pm on Thursday July 10th at the Aherlow House Hotel in the Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary.

The Tipperary Convention and Song Award was founded in 1984. It was set up to recognise people who promote the ideals of peace and peaceful co-operation in Ireland and across the world. It also aimed to replace the association of Tipperary with war in popular culture based in part on the popularity of the first world war recruiting song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”.

Singer Songwriter John Munnelly born and grew up in Cavan town.  John’s talent for telling the story of the common man has been recognized. He’s an award winning songwriter with the ASCAP Jay Gorney award for a “Song With a Social Conscience” called The Unemployment Blues.

John Munnelly is also known for penning anthemic football themed songs and is currently involved in the local Dublin football flavoured ‘King of Cambridge’ project. He was invited to create the melody for the existing song lyrics and then went on to produce both the song and the subsequent video. The song has been described as “I can’t get this song out of my head”  by numerous listeners. He will be participating in events & shows linked to this ‘King of Cambridge’ project after the Tipperary Song of Peace Final.  Link to King of Cambridge video & song
Email:  Twitter: @laughjohnlaugh

Monday, May 12, 2014

Join the King of Cambridge as he takes you on a tour!

Alan Kinsella is the King of Cambridge. During his playing days at Cambridge Boys FC Kinsella was famously named and crowned 'King of Cambridge' by his fellow team mates. He's the Irishtown Dubliner who applied for the head coach position of Ireland's National soccer team. Kinsella and several mates were having a heated discussion on Irish tactics and on who should coach Ireland for the 2016 Euro Championships to be held in France. After sharing his coaching insights the mates taunted Kinsella that he should apply for the job. And that's exactly what he did. "Why not?" King proclaimed. "The position doesn't frighten me one bit."

Then after receiving an official response from Ireland's head soccer office King decided to share his story with the multitudes. He turned his failing bid for the job into a positive experience describing the rejection letter as a real honor. The official response sent shockwaves around his network of friends and has inspired a charity fundraiser. Kinsella's story has become the platform to raise funds for St. Vincent's Foundation / Neurology.

After going to press in New York, King's crew was inspired to create a song for Ireland's Euro qualifiers starting September 7, 2014.

So join the King of Cambridge as he takes us on a tour, across the Irish Sea you're gonna love him more and more. The craic we'll have and songs he sings will leave us in a trance, cause Martin Keano and the boys are gonna win in France... Read more about King's story and fundraiser

 Written by Michael Behan ( Lyrics) and John Munnelly (Music) Video and Song Track Created & Produced by John Munnelly All Rights Reserved Copyright John Munnelly 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Can't stand the madness of them all - yearly roundup in pictures - Angels Tears

Today is a new day,  is that what they say?

I am always a little pensive and melancholic at the turn of the calendar. I certainly feel the brevity.  As I sit here I consider with thanks the great people I met because of my journeys over the last year. I had the fun opportunity to play music in Antigua, Ireland and New York. I also made and released some great videos like Legends , Happy Christmas and my album HELLO WORLD. It has been great making 'stuff' happen and having what we Irish call 'the craic' on the peripatetic musical perambulations.

2014 Shows

Brooklyn Museum Show
Exhibition: WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Show will be part of
Louie Palu (Canadian, b. 1968). U.S. Marine Gysgt. Carlos "OJ" Orjuela, age 31, Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from Project: Home Front, 2008. Inkjet print, artist's proof, 21½ x 14¼ in. (54.6 x 36.2 cm). The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Joan Morgenstern. © Photographer Louie Palu

Show February 8th 2014
opening act for Pat Wictor on Sat Feb 8 at 8 p.m. at Prospect Range.
1226 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Christmas Song by John Munnelly


Happy Christmas Song PLEASE share this video link  before Christmas thnx!!

Happy Christmas by John Munnelly is an Original 'Future Classic' from the album "Together for Christmas" A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection from Cosmic Trigger Records. Available on


Happy Christmas gets to the pure heart soul and spirit of the story of the birth of Jesus. communicating the real meaning of Christmas in this song and video.

This has been a labor of love in the best sense of the world. Created using stop motion and video. Please support this song and my art, as a full time artist this is my gift to you and the universe  -

Special thanks to Linda Moniz for help on this production - construction of the manger for the baby Jesus, helping create the desert scenery and the garden construction. She also arranged the arbor vitae, decorations & lights and dressed the piano set and did PA for lighting and animations - wow!  I did a but meself too;) but here we are It's been a LOT of work and hope you like the song and the video - more about John Munnelly here

Thanks to Anita Daly & Jim Leavitt of Cosmic Trigger for being on this amazing record - reviews here

Thanks to Peter Litvin for Song Production on original recording

All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) John Munnelly ASCAP and LaughJohnLaugh Music ASCAP

LYRICS to "Happy Christmas" by John Munnelly

Happy Christmas ( Together for Christmas )

Ding dong the bells on a Christmas morn
The heaven's opened and Christ the lord was born
in the darkness on a bed of straw
lies a baby that the shepherds saw

No place, to rest her infant’s head
the mother Mary, this humble shed
the star foretold it, the angels 'gan to sing
Hallelujah let the earth rejoice and sing

Hallelujah, hallelujah the boy child is a king
Happy Christmas - baby
Merry Christmas - baby
Happy Christmas - peace on earth

Happy Christmas Happy Christmas
Joy to all & peace on earth
Happy Christmas Happy Christmas
Goodwill to all & peace on earth

Three kings, bearing treasures for this child’s
birth, death resurrection, his 30 years of life
in the darkness, into our world of pain
came a little boy Jesus was his name

Joseph get up, think of the safety of this child
go on to Egypt; hide, until King Herod dies
later in the garden he'll offer up his will
father forgive...father forgive...*2

Happy Christmas - baby
Merry Christmas - baby
Happy Christmas - peace on earth
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

Joy to all & peace on earth
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas

Goodwill to all & peace on earth
(c) 2012  Copyright Author of Lyrics and Music John Munnelly

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Cheer appearances and shows of all sorts -

Howreyese as they say in Duuublinn ...

It's beginning to look look a lot like Christmas ...

11/19/2013    The Cel IAWA Salon New York City (New Song Showcase) 7:30p
11/24/2013    Our Lady of Refuge Church  Brooklyn 'Hallelujah' on Piano  4:00p
12/10/2013    Congregational Home, Church Ave, Seniors Service 11am
12/14/3013    773 Bar Brooklyn John Munnelly SOLO & Guests 9:00p
12/14/3013    Prospect Range Brooklyn (With Silent Note) 8:00p
12/16/2013    'Concern' The Celtic Christmas Collection Arlene's Grocery 6 pm
Munnelly & Glen Hansard in Blessings Bar Cavan Town while on Tour... I tag this picture The Refugee & The Builder

Of course I'm supposed to tell y'all about the stuff I did in Ireland on tour and how it changed me ( it did change my viewpoint and energy)  so will def write later - still catching up... here is me and Hansard in the Kultural Kapital of ireland - it's Kavan don't you know!! The builder and the Refugee in Blessings Bar in Cavan town.

Please support my art and get someone a cool present

I have the "HELLO WORLD" TOUR T-SHIRTS out now: A future classic - get your order in now for Christmas Delivery.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Irish Tour - Hello World is ON! John Munnelly in Cavan Dublin Galway and with Would Be's in Cork/Limerick/Dundalk

LATEST on the road NewsLetter is HERE
DATE:  Event  Name  Venue  City
10/23/2013 Song Room The Globe Bar Dublin 8pm
10/24/2013 Cafe Sessions Chapter One Cavan 7pm
10/25/2013 Zephyr Sessions The Pint Dublin 8pm
10/28/2013 Song Cycle Whelan’s Dublin 8pm
10/29/2013 Crane Lane Cork (Would Be’s Support)late night 10:30pm
10/30/2013  Cobblestone Joe’s Limerick (Would Be’s Support)
10/31/2013 Backstage Monroe’s Galway 10 pm
New Dates added*
11/1/2013 Campbell’s Tavern, Headford, Galway 10 pm

Appearances in November
11/6/ Dublin Underground Beat DUB The International bar (basement) – appearance time slot TBD
11/6 Zodiac Sessions, Bruxelles time slot TBD
** 11/7 Dundalk, Spirit Store support to Would Be's ( **new date)

NEW VIDEO of We Should Go Blind! track 1 from the album

Itunes - get Hello World by John Munnelly

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ceol Show 9th October CEOL is the Irish word for music - Lara Ewen and John Munnelly Feature

CEOL is the Irish word for music -

Ceol Bar 191 Smith Street Brooklyn

John Munnelly 7:45 pm
Lara Ewen 9:15 pm 

CEOL is the Irish word for music and that's exactly what you will find any Wednesday night at the Song Club in Ceol Bar, 191 Smith Street, Brooklyn. A folksy and intimate bar room transports us back to the mid century Ireland but populated with the talented songsters from the Borough and beyond. This Wednesday’s two headed musical awesomeness is Lara Ewen and John Munnelly as features of the night.

The well known performer the genial and chirpy Niall Connolly is the MC host; plays a few songs of his own and cracks a pun or two to keep things apace.

John Munnelly:

John is an International ASCAP Award winning songwriter for social commentary described as Dylanesque and compared to Neil Young and Johnny Flynn. He was recently featured ‘live’ on WFUV radio Show “Ceol na nGael” He is a singer of songs so diverse and different that we are lucky it’s just a feature set so he may get pinned down into the singer-songwriter genre and therefore we can take a good listen to him. Along with his usual fan favorites he is playing some tracks never-before-heard-live from his just released album HELLO WORLD as preparation for his upcoming Irish Tour. He is well known for his comedy dance anthem & video “Does my bum look big in this? Recommended.

Twitter: @laughjohnlaugh

Lara Ewen

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Lara Ewen tells stories, most of which are true. The semi-autobiographical nature of her work blends both the real and the imagined, and the musical landscape she navigates dips into country, Americana, and singer/songwriter influences, drawing comparisons to musicians who sometimes get summarily lumped into the folk category, such as Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Jonatha Brooke. Her new album, The Wishing Stone Songs, was just released in September 2013, and is available everywhere.

Sort of About Me

I am a songwriter living in Brooklyn NYC - I can write a song about anything: Positive Uplifting Messages Spiritual/Hymns Social Commentary POP/Rock - Kids Songs Celebratory/Seasonal Personal/Relationship Work/Employment New Styles Poems set to music Celtic (open tuning) PIANO SONGS