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The Dock Summer Sessions in The Market Yard: James and John Carty

Fri 7 August, 7:00pm

Tickets €10

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In partnership with the Market Yard we present the first in a series of off site shows.

We are thrilled to bring you live performacnes once again and what better way to start than with a stellar concert featuring two incredible musicians John and James Carty. For this special off site gig in The Market Yard  John & James will 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 which will explore the harp tradition of the 17th century.

They have spent the last number of months working on a new album titled “The Wavy Bow” which is due for release in September.

Accompaniment will be provided by Shane McGowan on guitar, a Sligo man who has grown up within the same tradition and is a virtuosic musician, highly versatile in many styles due to his wide range of influences.


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

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 extensively in 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.


There is no booking fee for this event.
Please note that this event will take place outdoors in the covered area of the Market Yard. Please bring some warm clothes. The performance can go ahead in the event of light rain.

Access to the performance is limited to ticket holders only. You will be allocated your seat on arrival by an usher. Tables will be distanced from each other as per government guidelines.
There will be access to the public toilets in the Market Yard which will be monitored and sanitised throughout the evening.
We would ask that you follow all guidelines to make the events as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone. 
And don't forget that this event will start at 7pm.