James B. McCarthy


Past Dates

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

O'Toole's Irish Pub
Frequent Flights: songs you know spontaneously composed - 8 PM
902 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96817 [map]
Price: No Cover

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Blue Note Hawaii
Doolin Rakes: Original Celtic and Rock - 6:30; 9:00
Honolulu, HI
USA [map]
Price: $25; $35; $45

Join us for our first Blue Note concert. We have crafted an exceptional gathering of our best material for this very special occasion.

Friday, June 8th, 2018

O’Toole’s Irish Pub
Craicpots w/ Lisa Gomes: Wake up Tim Finnegan - 9:00 PM
902 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96817
U.S.A. [map]
Price: Your Celtic Soul

Steve and Geoff and I are joined by Lisa Gomes for this quintessentially irish event. Pub Crawl will start at 4:30 at O’Toole’s, head to Murphys, then Fergusons, then JJ Dolans then back to O’Toole’s, all with bagpipes and the corpse of Tim himself, a musical and literary luminary of the highest order.

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Chinatown Celtic Casbah
Celtic Casbah: musical holohol - 6:30 -8:30
1109 Maunakea Street Loft 206
Chinatown 96817 [map]
Price: Free

We are going to create a chill atmosphere for creative sonic expression and enjoyment.  Myself and whatever musical friends stop by will play the variety of music that emerges from the evening .  Listeners are welcome to take some time to just listen and relax.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Kelley O'Neil's
James B. McCarthy: Musical Independence - 5 PM -8 PM
311 lewers St.
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808)926-1777 [map]
Price: NO cover!

Yup It Fourth of July. Beaches will be crowded and traffic probably gnarly, so cruise into Kelleys for a fun Pau Hana. I will focus on american tunes (including American Tune, I've Been Everywhere, Born in the USA, etc.)


But there will still be Irish. Always Irish. Right so. come on down.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Kelleys O'Neil's
Celtic, Comedy, Covers and Creative Originals - 5 PM -8 PM
311 Lewers St.
Honolulu, Hi 96815
(808)926-1777 [map]
Price: NO cover!

Join us for a relaxed atmosphere with great staff, reasonable food and drinks and tunes you can join in with or have a conversation .

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

HOUSE CONCERT; personal residence
James McCarthy House Concert - 6:30 arrival; Show: 7 - 9:30
Kailua; Enchanted Lakes, HI [map]
Price: Donation by choice

This house concert is the first of the summer season for me. It is being hosted in Kailua by a fantastic couple. Any one is welcome but must contact me at jamesbmccarthy.com for invitation and info.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Private Wedding
This is a private event for a small gathering
Waikiki, HI [map]

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Kelley O'Neil's
James B. McCarthy: Celtic, Covers and Creative Originals - 5 PM -8 PM
311 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808)926-1777 [map]
Price: No Cover!

Been playing at Kelley's since they opened. 

Bringing you irish tunes to stomp and sing to, comic originals, covers you know and a few surprises.

The atmosphere is family friendly and always a hoot.


Come join us.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

O'Tooles' Irish Pub
Solo:Mild to Wild (Creative Celtic, On the spot Originals - 9 PM - 1 AM
902 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96817
USA [map]
Price: FREE

This is always a great time. I will be bringing new and familiar tunes and creating some on the spot. Lots of chances to sing and stomp along. Come have a hoot to kick off the summer.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Star of the Sea Preschool End of Year Celebration
Private event for 150 2-4 year olds
Honolulu [map]
Price: private event


Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Anna O'Brien's
A Wake for Mikey - 4:30 PM
2440 So. Beretania
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808)946-5190 [map]
Price: Donation to Therapeutic Horsemanship

Joining with my bandmates from Doolin Rakes to honor and thank our friend Mike Hilson for his life and being. Bringing a joyful noise for our saddened ohana at the passing of a good man.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Cash's 8th at Casa Blanca
An interactive silliness event
the forested peaks
Hawaii nei [map]
Price: Private Event

Percussion play, theater games, sing alongs and call and response stories, plus Super Soakers. We let it all out.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Backyard Concert
Tall Man's Backyard Soiree; hosted by Bill and me - 7:00 PM
Arlington, Mass. 02474
(808)393-6111 [map]
Price: donation

A wonderful opportunity to spend an evening with exceptional people listening to unique music in an outdoor setting. 

The night's program will include a wide range of material from historical ballads to improvisational comedy. You should come.


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

TrueTone Tuesday - 8:00 pm
42 North Hotel St
Honolulu, HI
(808) 533-2328 [map]
Price: FREE

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Kelley O'Neils
Irish songs and Rocking times - 5 PM - 8 PM
Lewers Street
808-926-1777 [map]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Kelley O'Neil's
Celtic and Classic tunes - 5 PM - 8 PM
Lewers Street
Waikiki [map]
Price: NO cover!

Back at Kelley's dong Irish classics and requests, originals and acoustic rock standards

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Kahala Nui Community
Songs We Loved All Our lives - 2 - 3 PM
Honolulu, HI 96816 [map]
Price: Private

A special program designed for the residents of this upscale senior community. songs from the 40s and fifties with an upbeat feel.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Jose's Cantina
James McCarthy Solo - 3 PM - 5 PM
1134 Koko Head Ave.
Honolulu, Hi 96816
(808)732-1833 [map]
Price: No Cover

This will be my first time playing at this venerable Honolulu gathering place. Hope you will stop by. Nice to be in Kaimuki again

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Kelley O'Neil's
James McCarthy: Celtic Classics and Originals - 5 PM - 8 PM
311 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808)926-1777 [map]
Price: No Cover

James begins his summer stint at Kelley O'Neil's with this happy hour/dinner show. Drinking songs, fighting songs, toe tappers, knee slappers and more drinking songs with a bunch of originals thrown in for good measure. Open to requests and good company. Raise a pint, have a feed, raise a voice and another pint, then stick around to hear James former bandmates, Doolin Rakes, rock you with Celtic soul until the wee hours.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Downbeat Lounge
Drunken Lullabies: Kilfenora Experiment - 9:00 PM
42 No. Hotel St.
Honolulu, HI 96817
USA [map]
Price: No Cover

KILFENORA EXPERIMENT is a new sonic adventure with long time collaborators Steve Howells and Geoff Red. This dynamic drums and bass duo were the heart and soul of Doolin Rakes for well over five years. In addition Geoff brings mandolin and original compositions into the mix while Steve adds penny whistle, trumpet, percussion to the fray. We lift off at 9. We are heading for the future. Our destination is well known but getting there is the adventure. Jump on in.