“I did it on recommendation of my friend (vocalist) Pauline Scanlon, who’d done it some years before. You have the chance to build a community around your record, it’s a cottage industry, rather than a record company. It’s not like you’re begging for money - you’re giving rewards. CDs, records… I had a lot of complicated rewards, which I’m still fulfilling.
A love-letter to locations around Cork and Ireland, by way of inspiration from 300 years of Irish history and mythos - it’s an ambitious work, whittled down from a few years of typically prodigious songwriting.
The album launched last week with the most recent excursion, undoubtedly a huge adjustment after a lifetime of playing for crowds, and a change from the usual modus operandi for album releases for Spillane.
Spillane recently turned 60 - “no better way to turn 60 than to release a killer album” - and lockdown has been a reminder of what’s been important to himself about his craft.
“I might concentrate on writing. I do songwriting workshops as well. I have all these methods, and surmounted certain obstacles, I have tricks, and a method that’s good for freeing people up.
100 Snow White Horses is available now from johnspillane.com.