Jimmy Faulkner, one of Ireland’s best loved and most talented musicians, died in March 2008. As a Tribute to his life and work, a special evening of music took place at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in September 2008.
Jimmy’s career spanned over five decades and during that time his innovative and original style of guitar playing was part of some of the best blues, rock, jazz, country and traditional music ever to come out of Ireland. He played blues with Red Peters and The Dublin Floating Blues Band, rock ‘n’ roll with Jangle Dangle, Ditch Cassidy’s Freak Show, Paul Brady’s band and with his own band, The Houseshakers. He played jazz with Hotfoot, country with Frankie Lane and also accompanied Christy Moore, Mick Hanly and Finbar Furey. He wasn’t just versatile, he was excellent in all these different genres of music and was recognised as such and acknowledged as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists.
The concert at The Olympia in Dublin on Monday 22nd September 2008 featured singers and musicians who he sang and played with over the years or were an influence or inspiration to Jimmy or visa versa.
In first name alphabetical order they were;
Anto Drennan, Bill Bergin, Bree Harris & Paul Fairclough, Brian Downey, Brian Harris,
Brush Shiels, Café Orchestra, Carl Geraghty, Christy Moore & Declan Sinnott, Ditch Cassidy, Don Baker, Ed Deane, Fran Breen, Fran Byrne, Frankie Lane, Garry O’Briain and Mairtin O’Connor, Gerry Hendricks, Greg Boland, Henry McCullough, Honor Heffernan, James Delaney,
John Quearney, Kevin Malone, Martin Curry, Mary Stokes & Brian Palm, Mick Hanly,
Mick Pyro, Nigel Mooney, Noel Bridgeman, Pat Farrell, Paul Moore, Phillip Donnelly,
Red Peters, Richie Buckley, Robbie Overson and Tommy Moore and many more.
The concert proeeds were dedicated to Jimmy Faulkner’s Family.
He is sadly missed by all music lovers.
Here is a selection of Jimmy Faulkner's TV appearances.