Racker Donnelly -           Entertainer
Former UK Slam Champion Poet, 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, three times for Sidmouth Folk Week & four times for Whitby Folk Week; & for the Frank Harte festival in Dublin & for many Burns Nights & Bloomsdays. Racker has performed his one-man show in Ireland, Melbourne, Sheffield, London, Liverpool, New York & for the Edinburgh Festival & sometimes performs with   Carol Anderson in CRACKLE, Jacquelyn Hynes in RACKERJACQ, or Thomas McCarthy.
 
Racker Donnelly has MCd & performed in concerts for Bray Arts, London’s City Hall, London's Musical Traditions Club (where he's a resident performer), the Royal Festival Hall & the Purcell Room, London Arts & Community Festivals, Irish Centres & the Irish Embassy, 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. 

Having posted over 1200 Rackerhymes on Facebook, 
Racker also sings & babbles in Irish/Scottish/Music-Hall
Nights & Story/Poetry/Comedy events, usually in English.
 
 SEAMUS HEANEY 
 Wow!

 ARDAL O’HANLON   
 This guy blew me away!
 
 SUNDAY TRIBUNE  
 James Joyce himself  would have  loved this.                                       
 Clever, humorous, articulate, marvellous.   
 
 BBC RADIO 4        
 Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff. 
 
 KINGSTON GUARDIAN
 Racker, whose poems are roaringly funny,
 left the audience crying with laughter.   
 
 FINTAN O'TOOLE
 The Great Racker.
 
 MARTIN CARTHY
 A wonderful performer.
 
 WICKLOW PEOPLE      
 The spellbound audience never took their eyes
 off Donnelly. 

 SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
 Radio as it should be! 

 FOLK LONDON
 The hilarious poet and raconteur.

 PADDY MOLONEY of THE CHIEFTAINS
 I'd like to bring him to all the gigs.
 
 IRISH WORLD                     
 Getting to the end of his CD, I played it all again.   
 I have grown to love it. Fabulous.
 
 KIT WRIGHT
 A wonderful performer, an ace poet.
 
 KEN HALL
 Never less than brilliant. 
The best performance poet I've ever heard: a breath of fresh air on the London folk scene. 
Racker for Poet Laureate!
 
DICK GAUGHAN
Mighty!
 
LEON ROSSELSON
I've never heard anything like it.

ROY BAILEY
Extraordinary. So energetic. I never knew what he was going to say next. But very, very good.
 
IRISH POST
The man is a genius with words. Brilliant material.
 
 
A former journalist, teacher, lexicotomist and borough council group leader, Racker [as Peter] Donnelly also 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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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