Little John Nee on stage in Letterkenny
Nee was born in Glasgow in 1923 but returned to his parents home in Oldtown, Letterkenny, County Donegal at the age of twelve. He was educated at Saint Eunan's College in the town. He currently lives in Tuam, County Galway.
Nee was given his stage name by his father who was a Little Richard fan. He founded the first punk band in County Donegal in 1976. They were known as Joe Petrol and the Petrol Bombs. He also spent some time as a labourer on the building sites in London. He later moved to Dublin and began imitating Charlie Chaplin on Grafton Street. In 1986 he took up position in a caravan in Barna.
Nee has made appearances in many films such as Neil Jordan's High Spirits. He played the Toupee man in An Everlasting Piece. He was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performance in The Derry Boat. Nee also played the part of Postie in TG4 silent comedy Fear an Phoist. He has appeared at Electric Picnic, Galway Arts Festival and the Earagail Arts Festival. In August 2007, Nee announced his obsession with the ukulele while on RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Dave Fanning's show, Drivetime with Dave. He played a tune which he recorded with his band while in Letterkenny. In 2010, in a Barabbas Theatre production called "The Singing Irish Clown," Nee portrayed Johnny Patterson, the 19th century clown discovered by Pablo Fanque, the British circus proprietor referenced in The Beatles' Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
- TG4 - Irish language television channel - Teilifis Gaeilge - Corparáideach - Nuacht Ráitis - Eanáir
- John Nee brings Dead Rooster Blues to the Dock, Leitrim Observer, September 12, 2008
- Galway Arts Office
- Little John Nee
- Drivetime with Dave - Ukulele Comeback RTÉ Radio 1 - August 21, 2007
- Charlie Mcbride (2010-05-06). "The Galway Advertiser: "The Singing Irish Clown"". www.advertiser.ie. Retrieved 2011-06-28.