John Carthy - I Will if I Can ( Earle Hitchner / Alex Monaghan )

John Carty has quietly but quickly become one of Irish music's leading players. An astonishing fiddler, the London-born musician is equally gifted at banjo, flute and tenor guitar. He has three acclaimed solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums and two band albums already under his belt, and his musical sparring partners include such trad giants as Matt Molloy and Arty McGlynn. In the last three years alone, John has been named Ireland's prestigious TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year (2003), invited to join the Irish supergroup 'Patrick Street' (with such luminaries as Kevin Burke and Andy Irvine) in 2004, and awarded the Irish Echo's 'Top 10 CD of the Year' (2005) for his latest CD, I Will if I Can.

I Will if I Can (GLCD6018) brings John's brilliant banjo playing to the fore, and a trio of fabulous musicians at his side: two greats from De Dannan - Alec Finn on bouzouki and guitar and Johnny McDonagh on bodhran - and Brian McGrath on piano. The vibe is relaxed, the playing crackling good, and the spirit of past masters is in the air, as the four musicians settle in for an hour of old favorites.

"One of the most accomplished Irish multi-instrumentalists alive. The flourishing diaspora of Irish traditional music had no finer exponent than John Carty in London, and the fact that he's "back home" in North Connacht emphasizes how close in sensibility his I Will If I Can captures him in peak form." - Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, Jan 25, 2006

"Carty's playing is fascinating -- an uncanny ability for a seemingly endless spinning out of subtle variations. I Will if I Can is a spectacular production.." - Celtic Grooves

"This is banjo in the old style, and it's lovely stuff. It has style aplenty, and the showband swagger captured by De Dannan's Ballroom album. Listen to James Morrison's, the final set of polkas: pure class, with John adding fiddle to his bouncy banjo for a fittingly flamboyant finish to I Will If I Can. He can, and he does." - Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition Buy Here

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