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.