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Blas Evening Concert Matt Molloy & John Carty in concert on Wednesday 2nd July at 8pm at the Irish World Academy Building

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I Will If I Can Reissued

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I Will If I Can - banjo CD is now available to buy at reduced price of €12. Please visit the shop!

Kevin Burke & John Carty USA tour February 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

12 February Atlanta GA, 7:30 pm, House Concert, To RSVP Bella 404-926-6438. Address given to confirmed guests.
13 Asheville NC, 8 pm, The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., www.thegreyeagle.com
14 West Columbia SC, 8 pm, Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St. , http://conundrum.us
15 Charlotte NC, 8 pm, Charlotte Folk Society at Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Dr, www.folksociety.org Info 704-563-7080
16 Raleigh NC, 7 pm, private concert, info 919-787-6378
17 Durham NC, 7 pm, Workshops High Strung Violins & Guitars, 1805 W. Markham Ave. www.highstrungdurham.com
19 Charlottesville VA, 7 pm, C’ville Coffee Stage Café, 1301 Harris St www.brimstunes.org
20 Richmond VA,7:30 pm, JAminc, In Your Ear Music & Recording, 1813 East Broad St., 804-344-5623 www.jaminc.org
21 Blacksburg VA, 7 pm, Trad in the Attic, 314 Clay St. SW,
22 Blacksburg VA, 7 pm, Trad in the Attic, 314 Clay St. SW,

Joanie Madden's Folk'N Irish Cruise

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Delighted to be joined by Matt Molloy and Arty McGlynn and be a part of this adventure. For more details and if you fancy joining us and a host of musicians visit here

Tour starts on Wednesday 11th December!!!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Looking forward to hitting the road for our last three gigs before Christmas. Hope to catch up with some of ye on our travels!

John & James Carty on Tour with Shane McGowan

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Great to be sharing the stage for a few more dates before Christmas with my son, James, on fiddle and Shane McGowan on guitar. we will be in the Banner county on Wednesday 11th Dec at the Sixmilebridge Folk Club, Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge. Hope to see lots of old friends there and get to know new ones. The following night I am delighted to be returning to the St John's Arts Theatre & Arts Centre in Listowel, Co Kerry - love playing this venue! We're back in Clare on Friday 13th, only unlucky for those who don't turn up! This time we're in Corofin, the home of the music ;-)

Fair play to all of you out there putting on gigs which lift us all in these times. Particularly want to thank Brendan Walsh in Sixmilebridge, JoeMurphy in Listowel and Padraig O'Reilly in Corofin. Keep her lit lads!

World Fiddle Day

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I have agreed to serve as a World Fiddle Day Ambassador and promote it wherever I can. To find out more about this great world wide event visit here

You can keep up to date on facebook

The John Carty Festival band

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

See and hear a sample of the The John Carty Festival band Enjoy!

Launching John Carty's Festival band

Saturday, August 04, 2012

John Carty will launch his new band at the finale night of the renowned Boyle Arts Festival.

This summer gig promises a celebratory atmosphere as Carty and friends play a unique spectrum of traditional music with influences from the 1920s, old time, swing/jazz to O’Carolan and beyond.
All these influences will be interwoven into a carnival occasion of uplifting music and song. John will be playing his hallmark fiddle and banjo and is fortunate to have on board some of the finest talent that Irish music has to offer with every member bringing their own unique stamp to the overall sound.
John will be joined by Shane McGowan on guitar and vocals, Colm Gannon on accordion, Kevin Doherty on double bass, Ciarán Munnelly on snare drum, bodhrán, vocals and flute and James Carty on fiddle. Special guests will include vocalists Rosie Stewart and Daoiri Farrell, Maggie Carty on banjo and from London, the incomparable dancer, Frankie Fox.
Early booking is strongly recommended.

The Steeple Sessions

Monday, July 30, 2012

Looking forward to playing this wonderful venue in Dublin. Note it is Tuesday 31st not Thursday!

New Video Page

Thursday, September 01, 2011

A new video page has just been added to this site. Hope you like it.


John Carty Concert on Live Trad Friday July 29th

Monday, July 25, 2011

John Carty accompanied by the legendary Arty McGlynn in concert from the Linenhall Arts Centre on LiveTrad.com this Friday night, July 29th at 10pm. Listen to a clip here

Full details here

At Complete Ease now on Facebook

Monday, March 21, 2011

Full details here

Dublin Launch of At Complete Ease

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Tuesday March 1st
The Cobblestone bar, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Launch by Néillidh Mulligan.
This event will be recorded for broadcast on RTE Radio 1's The Rolling Wave next Sunday 6th March at 10pm

New Duet CD coming soon from John Carty and Brian Rooney with guest appearances from James Carty and Mickey Rooney

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

John Carty and Brian Rooney will celebrate the launch of their brand new duet CD, 'At Complete Ease' shortly.Launch date:10th Febrauary 2011. Full details of the launch tour here

Having played for years together they have finally made a recording of their duet playing. their individual creativity and spontaneous, subtle melodic variations are allowed to flourish within a shared musicality producing a partnership which is more than the sum of two fiddles. There are guest appearances on fiddle by John's son, James, and Brian's brother, Mickey. Accompaniment is provided by Alec Finn, Arty McGlynn and Brian McGrath.

Here's what Liam O'Connor has to say about it:

When we think of the most celebrated Irish fiddle traditions, we think of exceptional individuals,families and places - the Colemans and O’Beirnes of Killavil and New York, O’Keefes and the Cronins of Sliabh Luachra, the Cassidys and Dohertys of Donegal. Add to this revered list the Cartys and Rooneys of ‘London’, Roscommon and Leitrim.

When Brian and John play together on this recording they are at complete ease with one another. There is a sense of trust, honesty and enjoyment in their music. Two exceptional solo players combining and intertwining to create natural music of spirit and beauty. There is no hint of any ‘duelling fiddle’ mentality, tension or rivalry. The music gives justice to the lifetime bond and mutual respect.

This recording offers the listener an insight into a living and evolving tradition that spans at least three generation. We are brought on a journey from Leitrim in the mid twentieth century, to London and back to the West of Ireland once more. From Mickey’s exciting Leitrim style, to young James’ quality rendition of ‘Tobin's Favourite’, there is a richness and variety of style and interpretation. The four fiddle players have distinctly personal voices yet there is a stylistic core that unifies their playing. The music is deeply rooted in tradition yet it has a contemporary freshness and creative abundance. They are never over-awed or restricted by the weight of the rich tradition they carry and at times, a bravery, a boldness and a ‘divil may care’ attitude gives an extra sense of spark and freedom.

This recording offers an insight into a circle of musicians whose integrity, respect and creativity is at the heart of Irish traditional music. For those who love Irish traditional music, this recording will prove an exciting, inspiring and historic recording of the utmost significance and quality.

Liam O’Connor
January 2011

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