Philip Donnelly in concert.
The man they call ‘The Clontarf Cowboy’ is coming to The Viking Theatre Clontarf on Sunday 15th September at 8:00pm.
PHILIP DONNELLY’S long musical career began in the 1960s when he was a member of Elmer Fudd, part of the emerging Irish rock scene which also included Them, Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and Taste.
While Van Morrison, Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, and Gary Moore would go on to enjoy international success, Donnelly’s talents would not go totally unnoticed and over the following two decades he would establish himself as an influential Celtic/country music producer in Los Angeles and Nashville.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Philip toured and recorded with Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, The Everly Brothers, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith. His song ‘Living In These Troubled Times’ was a Top 10 hit for Crystal Gayle. During the 1990s Donnelly returned to Ireland and continued to record with major artists and to record solo albums.
Philip began his music production apprenticeship as a member of Donovan’s touring band in the early 1970s. The Sunshine Superman was seen as Britain’s answer to Bob Dylan and was a big live draw in the US and Europe.“Donovan and I are still very close to this very day,” Donnelly says. “I was with Elmer Fudd at the time but I left them to join up with Donovan. I remember we did a tour of Ireland in 1972 and Planxty were special guests on that tour. Then I headed to Hollywood with Donovan in autumn of 1974 and we did a huge tour of America. I went back there in 1975 to record an album with him and I stayed around and recorded with lots of different people