On Monday, August 17th, 2015 U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds Event with American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine which featured a discussion and performance moderated by RTE personality John Creedon, host of RTE’s “The John Creedon Show.”
John Prine is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who has gone from solo acoustic folk to hard country to rockabilly to soft rock, all the while maintaining his hardheaded vision of proletarian America. Cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, Prine’s notable albums include Diamonds in the Rough, Sweet Revenge and Common Sense. His Grammy-award winning album The Missing Years included guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bonnie Rait, among others. In 1996, Prine married Ireland native Fiona Whelan, whose heritage has led Prine to explore Celtic musical influences.