Winter Rambles Tour 2019 - John Carty & Matt Molloy with Arty McGlynn & Brian McGrath

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Probably the most exciting trad combination of recent times, Matt Molloy and John Carty together with Arty McGlynn and Brian McGrath are undertaking a short Winter rambles Tour around Ireland to coincide with the release of Matt’s latest solo CD Back to the Island.


Wednesday 16th January - The Crane, Galway 9pm Admission on door
Thursday 17th January - The Cobblestone, Dublin Limited number of tickets on the door.
Friday 18th January - The Tullamore Club Sessions SOLD OUT
Saturday 19th January - Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co Clare 8pm. Tickets here
Sunday 20th January - The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo Tickets here

Release of new CD 'The Good Mixer' featuring Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Henry Benagh (fiddle), John Carty (banjo) and marcus Hernon (flute).

Friday, May 29, 2015

Noel, Henry, John & Marcus played regularly together at a session on Saturday nights at a pub called 'The Good Mixer' in Camden town, London during the late 1980's. By 1989 conditions in Ireland had improved considerably and everyone had their sights firmly set on moving, so The Good Mixer sessions finally drew to a close. Just before the exodus began the band got together for the last time at John Carty’s house and recorded as much as would fit into an afternoon (with Bernadette McCarthy providing piano on some tracks). The recording has lain more or less forgotten since that time, but John was recently asked about it and was surprised at how fresh it still sounded. The sound is lively and tight and is simply the product of a group of musicians who played regularly one night a week for the love of it. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed playing it.

Available to buy here

Summer Stroll around Ireland Tour

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'm off a summer stroll tour of Ireland with my daughter, Maggie on banjo and vocals and guitarist Shane McGowan for some midsummer madness! Full details here here

Press Release

Born in London John has been living in Ireland for the last 23 years and has become one of the most sought after traditional musicians in the country. In 2003 he was awarded the coveted TG4 Gradam Ceoil - Musician of the Year.

Carty is constantly innovative in his playing, the degree of such innovation sees that scarcely a bar goes by where he is not seeking a fresh perspective yet never wavering from the essence of the given piece. Invention is tirelessly put into practice and a great deal of expression is turned out of the simplest tune. Throughout his live shows, great performances of fiddle and banjo are captured with a sense of unfaltering energy and excitement. There is an uninhibited atmosphere which shows the audience just how much he is enjoying the musical moment and invites the audience to share that spontaneous pleasure

Joining him on stage fresh from their recent tour in the States where they performed at the prestigious Milwaukee Irish Festival will be his daughter Maggie who is an accomplished banjo player and fine traditional singer. She has been described as having found her second home on stage and has a natural stage talent. It is a hall mark of traditional music that it is handed down from generation to generation and this father and daughter gig offers the audience an insight into a living and evolving tradition that spans at least four Carty generations. As they duet together the sense of trust, honesty, unspoken understanding and pure devilment in their music will be evident. On stage the duo have a natural ease with each other and their enjoyment and sense of fun is palpable and infectious!

The pair will be accompanied by Co Sligo guitar genius, Shane McGowan who has been described as the ‘perfect guitar player’ with immense ability to produce the ideal backdrop to any given melody. Well known to West of Ireland audiences Shane is part of a family steeped in music and is son of renowned Sligo flute player Harry McGowan. Shane is very much in demand for his accompanying skills and has performed with many top musicians including Matt Molloy, Mairtin O’Connor and Lunasa. Early booking for all dates is highly recommended

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!

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 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
John Carty