John Carty

"One of the most accomplished Irish multi-instrumentalists alive."
Earl Hitchner, The Irish Echo

2005 Top 10 CD of the Year:
I Will If I Can earns top honor from The Irish Echo

2003 Traditional Musician of the Year —Ireland’s TG4 television

John Carty has quietly but quickly become one of Irish music's leading players. An astonishing fiddler, the London-born musician is equally gifted at banjo, flute and tenor guitar. His musical sparring partners include such trad giants as Matt Molloy and Arty McGlynn, with whom he released a "Pathway to the Well" in 2007. He is now part of Patrick Street with Kevin Burke.

Having been awarded the Irish Television station, Teilifis Gaeilge’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003, John is recognized as one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. He joins previous acclaimed winners Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Mary Bergin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Paddy Keenan, all of whom are considered to be the leading exponents of their instruments within the Irish tradition. Fine company for a fine musician.

Born in London, fiddler John Carty has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. He developed his love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, through his multi-instrumentalist father who was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the 1960’s.

In 2011 John released The Crimson Path, collaboration with Sligo poet Ann Joyce, which is a CD of original poetry and music for which John composed all the music. This was quickly followed by the release of At Complete Ease, a duet fiddle album with Brian Rooney from Kiltclogher, Co Leitrim. This CD has already been described as one of the all times greats of duet playing. Apart from performing and recording John has also been instrumental in getting many other musicians to record and has produced many albums such as Brian Rooney’s acclaimed albums ‘The Godfather’ and ‘From Leitrim to London’. John has recently put together a new eight piece band, The John Carty Festival band which was launched in summer 2012 and has since played at festivals in Ireland and the UK. Over the last eighteen months John has been part of the Co Leitrim Traditional group in residency scheme which comprises of himself and two other legends of traditional music namely Seamus Begley on accordion and vocals, and Donál Lunny on bouzouki and guitar. They have recently launched the album, Leitrim Equation 3, which includes many Leitrim guests they met during the residency.

John's solo and group careers see him in demand and he has performed at all major festivals throughout Europe, North America and Australasia.

Upcoming Gigs in 2015

July 6-10: Silver Spring, MD John Carty solo
Venue: MAD Week 2015

On tour: John Carty with Matt Molloy & Arty McGlynn
Aug 6: Fairfield CT
Venue: Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society

Aug. 7: East Durham, NY
Venue: Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Center
Aug. 8: Cumberland, RI
Venue: Blackstone River Theater
Aug. 10: Cape Cod
Venue: Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Aug. 12: Sommerville, MA
Venue: The Burren
Aug. 14-16: Milwaukee, WI
Venue: Milwaukee Irish Festival

Fall Solo tour:

Oct. 16-18: Midlothian TX
O'Flaherty's Irish Music Retreat at the Hobltizelle Camp & Conference Center.
Oct. 19: Spring Lake, NJ
Concert at the Spring Lake Library, 1501 Third Ave., at 7:30pm. Limited seating. Please reserve your free seat in advance. Call the Library at 732-449-6654.
Oct. 20: Voorhees, NJ
You Gotta Have Harp presents a house concert at 7:30pm. Tickets $20. By advance reservation only. Call 856-795-7637.
Oct. 21: Cranford,, NJ
Concert at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Library, at 7:30pm. Free.

Oct. 23: Philadelphia, PA
Concert for the Philadelphia Ceili Group at the Commodore Barry Club, Carpenter & Emlen Streets, at 8pm.
Oct. 24: Coatesville, PA
Concert for the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series at the Coatesville Cultural Center, 143 E. Lincoln Hwy, at 8pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Oct. 25: Gettysburg, PA
Concert for the Stone Jug Concert Series at 3pm. Tickets $15. By advance reservation only. Email



Upcoming Engagements

Sound clip from Pathway to the Well

Pathway to the Well (excerpt) MP3 file
The Bloom of Youth (excerpt) MP3 file

Sound clip from I Will If I Can

The Steam Packet/Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel reels MP3 file

Sound clip from At It Again

Jim Donoghues MP3 file

Sound clip from Yeh, That's All It Is

Seanamhac Tube Station, MP3 file
Performer Website
Promotional Materials
  Promotional sheet
  Press Photo download
Staging Requirements

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