Whelan Master Session #10: John and James Carty

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Whelan Master Session #10: John and James Carty

This week, John Whelan will be joined by the powerhouse father/son musical duo of John and James Carty.

This opportunity to listen, play and chat LIVE on Zoom will take place on Saturday, January 16, from 2-4pm Pacific, 5-7pm Eastern, or 10pm-midnight Ireland/England.

Listeners and players of all levels, from anywhere in the world, are welcome to join in. There is a $20 requested donation for attending the session.

Please keep reading for artist bios and how to sign up:


John Carty needs no introduction in Irish traditional music circles. He received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil award in 2003 and has released numerous solo and collaborative albums on fiddle, banjo and tenor guitar. His son, James, since releasing his solo fiddle album Hiding Daylight in Dark Corners in 2017 and has been steadily building a noteworthy reputation within the genre.

John and his son, James Carty, have been musical partners since James was born. They have been playing and listening to music together for a couple of decades during which time James has developed a voice similar to John’s but very much his own. The result of this long-standing partnership has manifested itself in this exciting debut collaboration which explores duet fiddle and other instrumental combinations. The material is gathered from various sources from obscure recordings of the Sligo fiddle and flute tabernacle to the music of various influential and creative friends whether it be their own compositions or rekindled, time-honoured favourites.


To save your seat in the session, please proceed to either paypal.me/buttonboxman or Venmo @john-whelan-37 and make your donation. Be sure to include a note about which master session(s) you want to attend, and the email address you want to be contacted at.

The Zoom link and a list of tunes the artists are planning to draw from will be sent out Friday evening (depending on your time zone, this might mean very early Saturday morning.) Any last-minute sign-ups will receive the link and tune list about an hour before the session.

To learn more about upcoming master sessions, John’s free "Taking Time" slow sessions and other events, please sign up for his email newsletter at johnwhelanmusic.com. You can also see a frequently updated list of upcoming master session artists at johnwhelanmusic.com/master-sessions/