Church of Ireland, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Church of Ireland
Co. Roscommon

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James Carty with Brian McGrath & Francis Gaffney


James Carty is one of the finest exponents of Sligo fiddle music and one of the leading players of his generation. Having grown up in a musical household in Boyle Co. Roscommon, James was exposed to lots of music from a young age. His father, John is an internationally renowned fiddle and banjo player. James however is cutting his own path in the traditional music scene with his own distinctive style which he has developed having grown up listening to the recordings of the old Sligo masters Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran to name just three.

James has appeared on a couple of commercial recordings, most notably The First of May with Harry Bradley on flute and At Complete Ease, with his father John and Brian Rooney. He has just completed his first solo album entitled “Hiding Daylight in Dark Corners” with accompaniment from Brian McGrath and Francis Gaffney who both join James for this concert

Brian McGrath originates from Co Fermanagh and is one of Ireland’s top performers on piano and banjo. He has toured the world extensively and has played with many of the greats in Irish music  including Matt Molloy, Noel Hill, John Carty, Frankie Gavin, Charlie Lennon, Joe Burke and Dolores Keane to name but a few.

Another Boyle native Francis Gaffney completes the lineup. Francis is a highly respected accompanist and has played throughout Ireland as well as in the UK, USA and Russia. In 2014 he was involved in a highly successful network tour of Ireland with Dirk Powell, Mike McGoldrick and Brendan Gleeson in which they explored the shared heritage of American Old Time, Cajun and Irish traditional music