20 years after the tragic death of John Denver, 1997 Eurovision runner up, Irish Marc Roberts is now taking his tribute to Denver’s many hits on tour. Marc grew up with the music of John Denver and as such is very familiar with it.
Marc Roberts, who successfully represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, is paying homage to John Denver’s repertoire in his latest album and tours, which includes a concert in Ghent, Belgium, on July 23rd. Roberts participated at Eurovision 1997 in Dublin, defending his own country Ireland with the song Mysterious Woman. He earned a credible second place after UK’s entry Love Shine A Light.
He released several albums, his most recent one in 2015, showing tribute to one of his greatest influences John Denver. The album is a journey through John Denver’s life and music. He performs all the hits including Annie’s Song, Leaving On A Jet Plane, Take Me Home Country Roads, Some Days Are Diamonds, Calypso, Thank God I’m A Country Boy etc.
Marc Roberts’ mother was a huge fan of Denver, and that’s how Marc learned to appreciate his Western, Folk and Country music style. He also met him once in 1995, which made a big impression on him.
Almost 20 years ago, in October 1997, John Denver was tragically killed in a plane crash and the world lost one of its greatest singer/songwriters. Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed himself, with total record sales of over 33 million.
Denver appeared in several films and television specials during the 1970s and 1980s. He lived in Aspen, Colorado and often expressed his love for the city in his songs.
On July 23rd, Marc Roberts will be giving a concert in Ghent, Belgium, where he will perform Denver’s greatest hits. Also he will be singing his Eurovision song Mysterious Woman at the end of the show. The event will take place at the Scala Theatre.
Below you can relive Marc’s Eurovision entry from 1997: