Simply Dylan is as straight forward as the title suggests: no frills, no gimmicks, no pretence. It is John O'Connell's personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan. O'Connell, a rare talent who has had his name indelibly written in to the tapestry of Liverpool's music scene, has collaborated with other highly reputable musicians from the city to form his Dylan band. With the keyboards, fiddle, drums, harmonica, bass, acoustic guitar and female backing the band have successfully risen to the challenge of covering some of Dylan's more demanding songs.
It is their precision playing and high renditions of Dylan's work which has gathered momentum and generated incredible interest. From a modest project recognising Dylan's 70th Birthday, Simply Dylan has gone from selling out the Cavern Club three times to receiving fantastic reviews from the Spanish press after a successful six date tour.
No ordinary interpretation, this is a remarkable and exceptional project which promises to delight Dylan fans young and old and to ignite a new wave of passion for one of the world's most prodigious songwriters.
"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