At the Racket

At the Racket played an inspiring set in Vaughans Barn on Friday 22 April 2016. This is an all-star band with a unique position in Irish music today, inspired in part by the legendary Flanagan Brothers who played in New York in the 1920-30s. They have made 3 critically-acclaimed recordings: “At the Racket” (1997),”Mirth Making Heroes” (2001) and “It’s not Racket Science” (2008).

They are playing at the Kilfenora Music Festival on Friday 22 April 2015 (Vaughans Barn, 20.30, €15). Tickets may be purchased on-line now using the button below.

What the experts say…

  • “The freshest ‘new’ sound in Irish music today, shamelessly enjoyable good time music.“ Don Meade, The Irish Voice, New York.
  • “Raffish scamps, in a permanent state of festivity.” Siobhan Long, Irish Times.
  • “Brilliant musicianship….” Fintan Vallely, Irish Times
  • “Absolutely outstanding… a tradition-based band that is as alive, swingy, fun, and happy as any I’ve heard … Easily tops the Christmas list!” David Marcus, Celtic Quarterly, Atlanta, USA
  • “…sparkling musicianship, well developed arrangements and a great sense of fun. Opening a door on the future.” Pat Ahern, The Cork Examiner

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Band members

  • John Carty (fiddle, banjo, tenor guitar) – born in London but now living in Boyle in his ancestral county – was TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. John also plays with Matt Molloy and Patrick Street and has made many CDs. See here for more details of his career so far.
  • Brian McGrath (piano, tenor guitar, banjo), originally from Co. Fermanagh, now lives in Galway. He is one of the most in-demand musicians in traditional music, with many performing and recording credits, including De Dannan and Four Men and a Dog.
  • Seamus O’Donnell (flute, saxophone, vocals) is part of the O’Donnell clan from Aclare, Co Sligo. He exemplifies their wonderful family singing tradition, is famous for his uniquely traditional style on the saxophone, and starred in Kilfenora in the ‘Boffin to Burren’ concert (2013).
  • Michael McCague (guitar, bouzouki), is also from a well-known Monaghan musical family, but is now based in Galway. He has also played on many CDs (including his own much-praised “The Waylaid Man”, 2014), and with the bands Téada and At First Light.