Thomas McCarthy and WILLZEE perform a rare Limerick Concert in The Record Room
Limerick audiences are in for a rare treat on April 25th when Thomas McCarthy and WILLZEE perform an intimate gig at The Record Room
Thomas came to the attention of mainstream Irish audiences last year through a documentary aired on RTE one, directed by Pat Collins which was a popular and critical hit.
Originally from Birr in County Offaly where his family settled generations ago, Thomas comes from a long line of singers and musicians who kept the tradition of singing strong. He was named the Traditional Singer of the Year in the Gradam Ceoil Awards 2019 and is in ever-increasing demand on the European circuit.
He has just finished performing in the French spectacle Theatre de L’Exile, Irish Travellers, playing to over 60,000 audience He has performed at festivals including Whitby Folk Week, Sidmouth FolkWeek, the Fife Traditional Singing Festival, Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival (Belgium), the South Roscommon Singers festival (Knockcroghery) and the Frank Harte Festival (Dublin) – where he shared a stage with Christy Moore.
Limerick artist, Willzee, whose star is ever on the ascendant, joins Thomas in the Record Room to make this a very unusual gig. In recent years, Willzee has come to prominence with his searing lyrics that depict a life of hardship turned into a thing of beauty through art.
A constant advocate for the health and wellbeing of young men, Willzee’s music speaks to audiences of all ages. As a young man he began to dream about turning everything that shaped him into something good that could help the next man or woman.
He found rap and spoken word and film and immersed himself enjoying great success with works like the recent Eclipse and the very poignant, Dear Friend. His Irish festival circuit includes Doolin Folk, Make a Move and TravFest in 2022 for which he also played the role of Cresative Director. He has been the feature of a TG4/ Creative Ireland 2020 THE STORY ARTISTIC JOURNEY and is currently in rehearsal for two new short films. His film Innocent Boy has been screened at the Dublin International Film Festival to significant acclaim.