The Music of John Denver by Marc Roberts

Ballymaloe Grainstore
11 June

Almost 20 years ago, on October 12 1997, John Denver was tragically killed in a plane crash and the world lost one of its greatest singer/songwriters.

Marc Roberts performs his critically-acclaimed and award-winning tribute to John Denver which is a full multimedia journey through Denver’s life and music.  Marc performs all the hits including ‘Annie’s Song’, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’, ‘Take Me Home Country Road’, ‘Some Days are Diamonds’, ‘Calypso’, ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’.

The show has been a huge success here in Ireland, selling out theatres including the National Concert Hall, Dublin on two occasions.   Marc has toured  the UK, Germany, Australia, and received an enthusiastic reception in John Denver’s home town in Colorado.


In 1997 Marc came to international prominence when he represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest & came a credible second with ‘Mysterious Woman’. Marc’s first self-titled album was released shortly after & he toured extensively throughout Europe. He appeared on all the top TV shows in the UK. Four more albums followed. ‘Meet Me Half Way’, ‘Once in your Life’, ‘The Promise’ & his current album ‘Now & Then’.

Marc releases his fifth studio album, ‘Now & Then’. He has returned to his first love, American country music! The album includes covers from Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Restless Heart, Clint Black, Colin Raye & two brand new originals. One of the tracks from the album is the duet Marc has recorded with Mary Duff. ‘Now & Then’, has 11 brand new recordings & 7 earlier recordings, including 4 John Denver song

Marc’s versatility as a performer has taken him all over the world. Performing his own music in Europe, Australia & Tasmania (where he has built up a large fan base), the American festivals, Milwaukee and Chicago gives Marc an opportunity to showcase his Irish & contemporary side. He is currently performing a series of concerts, ‘A tribute to the music of John Denver’. This show has sold out theatres all over Ireland including the National Concert Hall on two occasions. It was a great honour to perform this show in John Denver’s home town in Colorado. Last year Marc was the recipient of the ‘Sunday World All Ireland Country Music Awards’ – ‘Solo artist of the year’. This year they have awarded him ‘Theatre show of the year’ for his interpretation of Denver’s music.

For the past nine years Marc has been a special guest on ‘Trad On The Prom’. The show runs three nights a week from May to September each year. Established as the Number One Show in Ireland, it’s a celebration of Irish Culture.

Songwriting has always been a huge part of Marc’s career. All of his albums to date have included his own materiel. He has co-written with many top songwriters…. Brian Kennedy, Charlie McGettigan, Jimmy MacCarthy, Darren Holden, Ben Mills, Derek Ryan, Grammy Nominee Billy Yates & Daniel O’Donnell. With Daniel, Marc has co written 15 songs and has had a top 20 hit in the UK singles charts. He was awarded 3 platinum discs.

Marc presents a new TV series ‘Opry an Íuir.
Last Autumn Big Mountain Productions and TG4 showcased the biggest acts in country music in the intimate setting of the Old Town Hall in Newry.
This year Marc recorded Series Two of Opry an Íuir. He mentors the special guests, helps to picks their songs and produces the final product.

Marc is a radio presenter with ‘Galway Bay FM’. His shows ‘The Feel Good Factor’, are exactly as it says, feel good music! He’s on air every Saturday 12-3pm & Sundays 11:30-1:30pm.

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