About me

Thomas McCarthy at Tonder Festival, Denmark in 2014, photocredit Michael Weilandt
© Michael Weilandt


Thomas’s second album ‘Herself and Myself’ is out now. You can get your copy from us here, or buy it as a download from CDbaby.com.

Some reviews of the album are here. All the reviewers loved it!


My name is Thomas McCarthy and I come from Birr in County Offaly in Ireland.  My family are the McCarthys who settled there generations ago.  I am an Irish Traveller, and come from a long line of old traditional singers and musicians who kept the tradition of singing strong.

These days I am based in West London but regularly go back home and have travelled back and forth since I was a child.  When I went to Ireland as a child I would stay with my uncles and aunts who all sang.

I continue singing the old songs myself, I find great comfort in them and in continuing my tradition which I am passing to my niece and nephew who are fine little singers. I am confident that the tradition will continue.