“…a show that every Bob Dylan fan should see!” Louder Than War
John O’Connell’s Simply Dylan Band will be back in 2022 for a brand-new headline tour across the UK to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday.
As straightforward as the title suggests: no frills, no gimmicks, no pretense; Simply Dylan is John’s personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan. O’Connell, formerly of Groundpig, has had his name indelibly written into the tapestry of Liverpool’s music scene, has collaborated with other highly reputable musicians to form his Dylan Band.
The combination of the band delivering high energy renditions of the prodigious songwriter’s work and John skillfully singing and enunciating the lyrics, has seen the project go from recognising Dylan’s 70th Birthday, to selling out the Cavern Club 6 times, to receiving fantastic reviews from audiences across the UK and most recently having the privilege to open up the Isle of Wight Festival in 2019 on the big top stage.
“It is incredible to consider that Dylan has been writing and performing for some 6 decades and continues to do so right up to the present day. The talent he has for story-telling and developing a song is extraordinary. My greatest challenge is deciphering a set-list when there is so much choice and an array of genres to select from; after all everyone has their own personal favourite!” John O’Connell
This new tour will celebrate and pay tribute to the career of one of the most iconic songwriters.
“…the night belonged to SIMPLY DYLAN and the genius of John O’Connell. Together, they marry the extraordinary range and beauty of Dylan’s lyrics with a joyous and exuberant, celebratory sound.” Alan Bleasdale (Playwright)
‘The aim of the band is to play Bob Dylan’s back catalogue as well as possible without falling in the trap of doing a carbon copy of his recordings.…a show that every Bob Dylan fan should see!’ – Louder Than War
“John is a very talented singer songwriter who travelled with me on tour. He captivated audiences with his excellent voice and guitar playing…” Stephen Bishop
“I went to see Johnny O’Connell playing Simply Dylan at the Cavern Liverpool and it was absolutely stunning. Johnny is one of the most talented musicians I have come across and his Dylan set is effortlessly brilliant.” Peter Hooton, The Farm
“Simply Dylan … this guy is different, he’s not an impersonator, more an interpreter and an accomplished musician and singer to boot.” John Baldwin, Desolation Row
“A local musical phenomenon” Gerry In Music
“This was a great night of music which had something for everyone, from the more casual listener to the Dylan ‘die-hards’. Great songs performed by musicians at the top of their game, with O’Connell assembling a highly entertaining and show which had something for everyone.” The Reviews Hub.