Album Launch



Wavy Bow Collection’ Acoustic Album Launch (7pm, Sala Room Clayton Crown Hotel – Sunday 24 October)

John Carty
John Carty is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. He was recently appointed Sligo Traditional Musician in residence.

Born in London, fiddle and banjo player John Carty has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. Carty 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.

Since moving to Ireland in 1991 he has recorded extensively and performs worldwide both as a solo player, in duets notably with Matt Molloy and as part of John Carty’s Festival Band, At the Racket and as a member of super group, Patrick Street. John has performed in two feature films Jimmy’s Hall and Brooklyn, for which he also arranged all the traditional music pieces. In addition, John is a tutor on the BA course at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick and with such experience is a highly sought tutor for workshops and summer schools


James Carty

Fiddle player, James Carty from Boyle, Co Roscommon comes from a long line of traditional Irish musicians and a family highly respected in the traditional idiom. James however is cutting his own path in the traditional music scene with his own distinctive style which he developed having grown up listening to the recordings of the old Sligo masters Michael Coleman, James Morrisson, Paddy Killoran to name just three. He has toured throughout Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA exploring the rich and varied tapestry of the of North Connaught fiddle tradition.

James has spent several years living in London where he has taught extensively.

James has appeared on a couple of commercial recordings, most notably The First of May with Harry Bradley on flute and At Complete Ease, a milestone fiddle recording, with his father John and Brian Rooney. He released his debut solo album Hiding Daylight in Dark Corners in 2017 to high critical acclaim.

John and James are delighted to present their latest album “The Wavy Bow Collection” which was initially released last September – having been brought together remotely during the Covid 19 pandemic, this is the first time that five musicians featuring on the album have been together in one place.

John & James focus on the art of duet playing utilising material from a wide variety of sources including their local area of Boyle which lies in North Roscommon cushioned by neighbouring counties Sligo and Leitrim. Their approach to collaborative playing is intricate and thought out, with a highly developed understanding that can only come from sharing a musical heritage and taste. The melodies are not always played strictly in unison but feature individual creativity to complement rock steady rhythms. The resulting mix is artistically fresh whilst capturing the essence of the music that came before. As well as duetting fiddles there will also be fiddle and banjo and the less common fiddle and tenor guitar. There are guest appearances from Shane McGowan, Michael McCague, James Carty (Flute), Brian McGrath, Jonas Fromseier, Matt Griffin, Michael McGoldrick and James Blennerhasset.

Musicians who will be performing at this acoustic album launch are: John and James Carty, Michael McCague, Jonas Fromseier and Matt Griffin.