Thomas McCarthy's official bio
Thomas McCarthy is a man steeped in the tradition of Irish song, intoxicated by the music and passionate in his sensitivity towards them. He comes from a considerable dynasty of traditional singers, song-makers and musicians, and grew up surrounded by the singing of his late mother, her father and aunts and uncles.
However, Thomas hasn’t been lost in the wilds of Irish taverns, British hedgerows or far flung lands. 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 and had appeared on BBC Radio. Since then he has shared a stage with many well known performers including Christy Moore, Lou Killen, Sam Lee, Chris Coe, The London Lasses and the Copper Family, and has won the praises of many other respected musicians.