Traditional folk singer & entertainer with musical roots in Ireland & America.
in NYC, Donie is world renowned. He has shared the stage with many
legends of traditional folk music, both American and Irish.
Dan Neeley of the Irish Echo says
"...Donie Carroll's new DC, 'Divil of a Noise,' a wonderful album that
explores Donie's nostalgia for growing up in Cork and for when he first
fell in love with music. Donie is someone who needs little introduction
to New York audiences.
Many know him from his work with the Washington Square Harp and
Shamrock Orchestra and through his debut solo album 'Down the Slippery
Gap' Many also know him from his very popular Friday and Saturday night
sessions at Murphy's Bar in Sunnyside, Queens.
Donie's national renown is growing as well - he's performed on both
of Joanie Maddens Folk N' Irish cruises and has become a fixture at the
CelticFest in Jackson Miss. A mojor part of this has to do with his
unmistakable voice: although rough edged like Seamus Creagh's, it has a
charm somewhat akin to that of his good friend Jimmy Crowley.
'Divil of a Noise' has several standout tracks. Donie's rendition of
'In the Shade of the Old Apple Tre'" is lovely and delicate, while the
'Army of Today,' a song Donie remembers his father singing, takes on
more of a music hall feel. The latter starts with a sample of Eamon de
Valera's recorded reply to Churchill's criticism of Ireland's WWII
neutrality, and feature fine brass and woodwind playing from Darin Kelly
(trumpet), Joe Exley (tuba) and Kate Bowling (piccolo). Then, there's
the catchy 'Are Ya Right There, Michael,' a humorous Percy French song
about the inefficiency of the West Clare Railway Company that will
surely have people singing along.
There's something to recommend each of the album's tracks. Much of
the success of 'Divil of a Noise' has to do with Donie's close musical
relationship with gifted multi-instrumentalist Gabe Donohue, who has
arranged, engineered and produced the album. Gabe has an incredible
intuitive understanding of Donie's music and a great sensitivity to what
sounds will frame Donie's voice best. Donie also had the help of some
top musicians, including fiddler Caitlin Warbelow, fiddler Heather
Martin Bixler and singer Marian Makins, not to mention a rake of folks
who need no introduction, like Jimmy Crowley, Joanie Madden, Mick
Moloney and Billy McComiskey. Donie is a special character in the New
York scene, and this album is a wonderful showcase of his talent - it
will absolutely delight the listener."
Daniel Neeley, "US Based Corkmen Release Fine CDs" Irish Echo, Feb 20-26, 2013 p 41
Paul Keating of the Irish Voice and Irish Central says..."While
the talent and entertainment options abounded around the Norwegian
Epic all week, some soirees really will stay in my mind’s eye as
emblematic of what a friendly gathering it was.
again Gabriel Donahue played a crucial role in helping Donie Carroll
navigate the seaboard launch of his newly pressed CD 'Divil of a Noise'
that arrived just in time to make the ship’s departure from Miami.
Since he worked closely with Donie on this album from his state of the
art studio in Center City Philadelphia and also Donie’s maiden effort a
few years ago, Gabe was well clued in on how to let it play out on ship
and steered a steady course.
the Clare chanteuse Maura O’Connell played the premier late-night gig a
deck below in the Manhattan Dining Room with Bill Shanley (Cork),
Donie held an audience enraptured in Cagney’s Pub for a couple of hours
singing most of the 11 songs on the new CD plus many other songs that
are in his repertoire.
say that much of this colorful and at times classic material has been
left unsung for decades does them an injustice, but to see them given
voice in a homespun and genuine manner by the Cork native who captivated
those assembled was a treat.
album sold very well aboard the EPIC, so that tells you a great deal of
the kind of impression Carroll made all week while he also enjoyed a
relaxing time with his son Donnacha and grandchildren.
new CD has sentimentality and history going for it, and a wonderful
cast of musicians who welcome the opportunity to work and play with
Donie, one of the more popular musicians in New York City from his own
pub work over the years as well as the more recent escapades with the
Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and the resurrected Murphy
Pub sessions in Sunnyside, his home base.
up this Friday night is the first New York launch for Divil of a Noise
at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City beginning with a
cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m. and a concert to follow with finish that
would be unpredictable even on the night.
has a load of musical friends coming along to celebrate his latest
achievement, including some who were on the CD like Donahue, Marian
Makins, Caitlin Warbelow, Martin Daly, Johnny Jackpot, Dan Neely and
“Tuba” Joe Exley and perhaps a few more s surprise guests."