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, four times for Sidmouth Folk Week & four times for Whitby Folk Week, & for the Frank Harte festival in Dublin & for many Burns Nights & Bloomsdays & for Flann O'Brien April Fool Days. 

Racker has performed his one-man show in Ireland, Melbourne, Sheffield, London, Liverpool, New York 
& for the Edinburgh Festival & sometimes performs with   Carol Anderson or Jacquelyn Hynes or Thomas McCarthy. 
 
Racker Donnelly has MCd & performed in concerts at London’s City Hall & the 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 & the Ashmolean Museum & has been the featured poet on BBC Radio 4’s SATURDAY LIVE & for Poet in the City & 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 1400 of his Rackerhymes on Facebook, 
Racker also sings & babbles in Irish/Scottish/Music-Hall
Nights & Story/Poetry/Comedy events, usually in English.

 
 SEAMUS HEANEY 
  Wow!

 CHRISTY MOORE
  It's always good to hear you.
 
 SUNDAY TRIBUNE  
  James Joyce himself  would have  loved this.                                       
  Clever, humorous, articulate, marvellous.   
 
 BBC RADIO 4        
  Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff. 
 
 KINGSTON GUARDIAN
  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!
 
 ARDAL O'HANLON
  This guy blew me away!

 JOHN BRAITHWAITE,  Director of Sidmouth Folkweek
  Everybody loves The Racker. A master craftsman.
 
 IRISH POST
  The man is a genius with words. Brilliant material.
 


A former journalist, teacher, lexicotomist and 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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