Traditional folk singer & entertainer with musical roots in Ireland & America.
Based in NYC, Donie is world renowned. He has shared the stage with many legends of traditional folk music, both American and Irish.
GREAT REVIEWS FOR
"DIVIL OF A NOISE"
DONIE CARROLL'S NEW CD!
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