Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff.
BBC Radio 4
A genius with words.
Left the audience
crying with laughter.
Racker Donnelly, the Irish Folk Poet, has done thousands of live performances in Ireland, Britain, America and Australia.
His racks and songs, mostly comic, many commissioned, are about Sheep, Smoking, Tennis, Oysters, Joyce, Horses, Sex, Midsummer, Sport, Christmas, Swans, Yeats, Football, Dracula, David Cameron, Goldilocks, Irish Proverbs, English History and whatever you're having yourself.
Racker tweets a rhyming rack (a rackeen) every day.
His 2011 highlights included a Scottish tour & the Edinburgh Festival, performances at the Royal Festival Hall, a Bloomsnight for the Musical Traditions Club, a show at the Rose Theatre Kingston ["the sparkling wit of Racker, whose poems are roaringly funny" Kingston Guardian] & evenings with Bray Arts & Ware Poets.
In 2012 he featured at Sidmouth Folk Festival & Dublin's Frank Harte Festival ~ & back to each for the third time ~ at Whitby Folk Week & Liverpool Irish Festival. He did an Irish tour in September with legendary jazz musician Duck Baker.
A CD ~ Rhymes of the Racker ~ has just been re-issued
& a new CD ~ On the Rack ~ is now available.
Racker is based in London these days & sometimes performs with unique & uncanny Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy (They'll be at the Musical traditions Club on June 7th).
Here you'll find poems to read and performances to hear
and details of past and future shows.
For information about the CDs
RHYMES OF THE RACKER
(old & gold)
& ON THE RACK
(new & blue),
see Off the Rack.