Thomas McCarthy + Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd + Local Traditional Singers. The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road. Nunhead, London SE15 3BE. 7 PM Friday 24 May. Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/thegooseisout
Thomas McCarthy came to the Goose for the first time to support Coope, Boyes & Simpson, and then did a stunning gig as a headliner in his own right!
He returned to the Goose twice in 2016 – in January as part of our Refugee Benefit Concert, and in November to headline at our final Ivy House concert of the year.
We are delighted to be welcoming him back in 2019!
And even more delighted that he has been awarded the Irish traditional music accolade of Singer of the Year at at TG4’s Gradam Ceoil Award ceremony, to be held in Belfast in February 2019.
Thomas is a singer from an Irish Traveller family in Birr, County Offaly. From a considerable dynasty of traditional singers, song-makers and musicians, Thomas grew up surrounded by the singing of his late mother, her father and aunts and uncles and now lives in London.
Having spent his life learning the songs of his family, in 2008 Thomas sang publicly for the first time at the folk club at London’s Cecil Sharp House. By the following year, he had sung at the most prominent folk festivals and clubs in Ireland and England, appeared on BBC Radio, and has since shared a stage with many well known performers including Lou Killen and The Copper Family and has won the praises of many other respected musicians besides.
‘The greatest Irish traditional singer in fifty years’ – Joe Power, Conneries’ Singing Club, Waterford
Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd will be well known to many (probably most!) of you as not only are they regular singers at our Singarounds and Thursday Club nights, but they have been staunch supporters of the Goose more or less since we began, and are often to be found on the door or at the ticket desk at our gigs.
Also supporting Thomas will be some of the other local traditional singers who sing at our Singarounds. They are Kate Owen, Elliot Clifford-Coope and Jacken Elswyth who enthralled everyone at the Roberts, Scuse & McGuinness gig recently with her extraordinary banjo playing, tonight she will sing unaccompanied.