John Munro was a folk singer who was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1947 and emigrated to Adelaide, Australia in 1965. He has been a leading figure in Australian folk music for 40 years and worked with Eric Bogle and Australian folk groups Tracey-Munro-Tracey (with Denis and Lynne Tracey) and Colcannon.
In 1990, Munro wrote a series of 12 songs depicting the events leading up to and culminating in the battle at the Eureka Stockade. The Eureka Suite has been performed all over Australia including at the site of the stockade itself. In 1992, he composed a similar set of musical pieces on the life of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. This piece has also proved popular in Australia and New Zealand.
Munro has written many songs and his material has been recorded by artists in Canada, the UK and Australia. He more recently formed a trio with former Colcannon members Mike O'Callaghan and Pete Titchener.
Munro died on 10 May 2018.