Little John Nee Guest of Honour for Galway St Patrick's Day Parade
It was announced today that performer , writer and musician, Little John Nee is to be the Guest of Honour at this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Galway City. A pioneer of the art of street performance in Ireland and particularly in Galway, Little John Nee is the Godfather of the Street, a modern day seanchaí, a musician of some note and a brilliant theatre maker and story teller. The invitation to lead off the Galway St. Patrick's Day Parade is recognition of the role that Little John Nee has played in the creative and cultural life of Galway over the last 30 years and ties in neatly with the theme of this year's parade as Galway heads toward the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020.
For many years, Little John led off the Macnas Summer parades in the Galway Arts Festival, directly engaging with audiences as he made his way through the streets at the head of the parades. On St Patrick's Day, things will come full circle when Little John leads the Galway St Patrick's Day Parade , this time from an open-top car.
On the day of the announcement of his latest role as Guest of Honour on the streets of Galway for St. Patrick's Day, Little John is attending an event in Árus an Uachtarán when President Michael D. Higgins will be presented with a copy of the recent radio documentary about Little John's Galway Years, produced by veteran arts activist and promoter Ollie Jennings.
A long-time Galway resident, Little John Nee is a transplanted Donegal man via Glasgow and London and he has won critical acclaim and awards at home and abroad for his informal, engaging style of theatre with its unique mix of storytelling and song, humour, poignancy, and lyricism.
A storyteller, actor, performer, musician and playwright, Little John Nee is one of the most iconic and recognisable figures in the arts scene of Galway city and county.
His ground-breaking one man plays starting with "The Derry Boat" have won him plaudits from critics and audiences around Ireland, in the UK and in the US where he won awards for his sold-out performances in Washington DC.
His show "Sparkplug" won him an Irish Times Theatre Award for sound design while the RTE radio version of the play won a Prix Italia Award. In 2014 he was "Theatre Artist in Residence" at the Town Hall Theatre Galway where he created a series of five memoir shows which are being reprised over the coming weeks. Recently, Little John and The Highly Strung Orchestra released an album of songs from his theatre shows "Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta".
Little John Nee has been commissioned to write plays for Barabbas Theatre Company, Axis Ballymun, Scottish Touring Theatre Consortium, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Co. Council, Leitrim Co. Council, children's plays for Galway Arts Festival and radio plays for RTE Radio Drama on One.