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Ronan Johnston
 
What I've Been At

BIOG: Rojo

1986
Presenter of "Borderline" RTE

1987
Composed Sig Tune of new series, late night "Borderline" RTE. Continued as presenter.

1988-
Sig Tune, Nighthawks, Jo Maxi, France a la Carte, RTE. Presenter "Action Stations Saturday". Brief appearance as DJ on 2fm.
1989- "When Justice Came" Black Velvet Band, played piano, hammond B3 and accordion. Singles "When justice came", "let it flow" and "As you go down". Composed "State of Siege" Soundtrack, "I Live Here, Alice Taylor Documentary"
Produced Emmaus- "Come to Me" album released.

1990
RTE News, RTE2 Station idents, Winning Streak sig tune, Secrets sig tune. 1st appearance as "Ronan Deelite" on "Rotten Apple Club" The Den.

1991
"Song for Europe- Blaithín remembers" songs and soundtrack, co-written with Gerry McNamara and Shae Fitz. "Never Mind the Zogabongs it’s Zig and Zag" released, "Zig Zagging around" and "Tijuana Gipsy" hit singles from album. "Walk into Grace," Emmaus album released.

1992
"Give it to me (Jesus)" released. Reaches No 31. "Primetime" and "Tuesday File" sig tunes for RTE.

1993
Appeared on MTV’s Zig and Zag show with the "Rodriguez Bros.", sig for "The Church of Funk". "Boston Rose" and "Twinpack of Shakespeare" soundtracks for RTE drama. Eurovision Song Contest. postcard music. Opening segment soundtrack composed (with Shae Fitz).

1994-
Dustin "Not Just a Pretty Face" released (No.!. Singles "Spanish Lady" -with Ronnie Drew and The Saw Doctors- and "Numb". "Big Mom" play with music and songs co-written with Ferdia MacAnna, at the Project Arts Centre. "JJ Biker" soundtrack for RTE drama. Winner of Dun Laoghaire Song Contest

1995-
Composed soundtrack for Zig and Zag’s "Million Quid Vid". Emmaus "Walk into Grace" released. Eurovision Song Contest postcard music.

1996
Composed soundtrack for Zig and Zag’s "Dirty Deeds series" for Channel 4. Emmaus "Five" released. Dustin "Unplucked" released (eventually 6 platinums). Singles "Rat Trap" with Bob Geldof and "Christmas Tree". "Nationwide" and "Week in Politics" sigs for RTE.

1997
Dustin "Faith of our Feathers" released (eventually 5 platinums). Singles: "Good Lookin Woman" with Joe Dolan(*No 1!) and "Fairytale of New York" with Dervla Kirwan. Emmaus "Weight" and "Live at Temple Bar" released.

1998
"Over Ireland" soundtrack composed for US PBS special of the same name. Joe Dolan’s "Joe’s 90’s" released(*No 1!). Singles: "The Universal"(*No 1!), "Place Your Hands", Songs for Podge and Rodge "Scare at Bedtime" series one.


1999
Dustin "Poultry in Motion" released(*No 1!)(eventually 4 platinums). Singles "32 Counties", "Christmas in Dublin" and "Spend the Night in Bray". Emmaus "Trust Surrender- 10 years of worship" released. Joe Dolan’s "21st Century Joe" released. Singles: "Everybody Hurts" and "Brilliant Disguise"

2000
Emmaus "Closer Nearer" released. Joe Dolan’s "A Better Man" released. "Dustin’s Greatest Hits" released.

2001
Irish Popstars MD (musical director)

2002
Produced Official World cup team song "Here Come the Good Times" featuring the Irish Team, Nicky Byrne, Eamonn Dunphy, Dustin et al. (*No 1!) Composed IFTA (Irish Film and TV awards) nominated Sig Tune "You’re a Star" with Larry Hogan, featuring Joanne Johnston on Vocals. MD (musical director) for "You’re a Star" series 1, backing tracks and vocal coaching for series. Team captain on RTE’s "The Lyrics Board" series 1. IFTA nominated soundtrack for "Home for Christmas" written with David Blake. Featuring the vocal talents of Jack L.

2003
Soundtrack for DVD box set "Bachelors Walk" series one. Emmaus "Community Praise Live" released. MD (musical director) for "You’re a Star" series 1, backing tracks and vocal coaching for series. Team captain on RTE’s "The Lyrics Board" series 2.

2004
MD (musical director) for "You’re a Star" series 1, vocal coaching for series. Team captain on RTE’s "The Lyrics Board" series 3. "The Songs of Mama Cass" theatre production, Liberty Theatre. Due for run off Broadway on 2005. "Nothing’s gonna change my love for you" recorded and produced for Chris Doran reaching number 2 in the Irish charts for several weeks in Jul- Aug 04.

2005
Composed opening "Celebrity Jigs and Reels" Mind the Gap films for RTE
Series 3 You're a Star and Series 1 Charity You're a Star (MD etc.)
Eurovision 2005 Kiev. MD for Irish Entry
Produced Jade album with Larry Hogan
Produced Christmas single "Angels we have heard on high" Finian McGrath
Composed Soundtrack for "Gaybo's Grumpy Old Men" Belmont productions for RTE
MD Everyone's a Winner New Years eve, RTE.

2006
Composed Soundtrack "Gafa" for Icebox films for TG4
Harvey's Point TV ad jingle.
MD "Celebrity Jig and Reels"
Series 4-You're a Star and Series 2 Charity You're a Star (MD etc.)

2007
Rock Rivals- ITV1 Musical Director, and Producer of all the tracks, Vocal Coach and some soundtrack work too.
Series 5- You're a Star (MD etc.)
Number 1 Single- "Give me A Minute"- 21 Demands, produced with Larry Hogan
Number 3 Single- "On Borrowed Wings", David O'Connor produced with Larry Hogan
Number 8 Single- "Holiday" Scubadice
Produced "12 Days" album Richie McCoy
Released My Solo album "Songs of Consolation" , Sept 25th.
Composed opening sig "It's My Show" Young People's RTE
MD on Fair City Sings- Christmas Day