Former UK Slam
Irish Times Speaker
of the Year & Grand Marshal
of the Dublin Riviera,
Racker Donnelly has performed for many music, comedy,
arts, folk & story clubs & festivals, with the Chieftains in Bray & with Dara O Briain at Bloomsbury Theatre.
He has featured three times for Liverpool Irish Festival & for Whitby Folk Week & has done many Bloomsdays & Burns Nights & has performed his poetic comedy show in Ireland, Melbourne, Sheffield, London & New York & for the Edinburgh Festival
Racker has MCd & performed in concerts for Bray Arts, London’s City Hall & London's Musical Traditions Club (where he's a resident performer), Royal Festival Hall & Purcell Room, London Arts & Community Festivals & Irish Centres, in Trafalgar Square & the Bray Mermaid, & has been the featured poet on BBC Radio 4’s SATURDAY LIVE & on lots of Irish radio shows. Many of his poems were commissioned for Irish National Radio & replayed on pick-of-the-week Playback. He tweets Rackeens every day on Twitter & Facebook. Racker also does Scottish/Irish/Music-Hall Nights & Story/Poetry/Comedy events, usually in English.
This guy blew me away!
James Joyce himself would have loved this.
Clever, humorous, articulate, marvellous.
BBC RADIO 4
Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff.
Racker, whose poems are roaringly funny,
left the audience crying with laughter.
The Great Racker.
Great! Wonderful performer.
The spellbound audience never took their eyes
PADDY MOLONEY of THE CHIEFTAINS
I'd like to bring him to all the gigs.
Getting to the end of his CD, I played it all again.
I have grown to love it. Fabulous.
A wonderful performer, an ace poet.
Never less than brilliant. The best performance poet I've ever heard:
a breath of fresh air on the London folk scene. The best night I've spent in a folk club for years [with Thomas McCarthy]. Racker for Poet Laureate!
I've never heard anything like it.
He certainly fooled me.
A superb performer, a crafty craftsman who should be better known.
The man is a genius with words.
A former journalist, teacher, lexicotomist and borough council group leader, Racker [as Peter] Donnelly wrote an acclaimed musical play A WOMAN'S WARTIME, which toured for years, and the epic drama WOKKA~DOODLE~DANDY or Woking? You Must Be Joking!