multi-faceted talents as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and raconteur” - Gary Puleo

— The Times Herald, Norristown, PA

Audience Loved Him! James was excellent! He connected with the audience in many ways. Everyone wanted to talk with him after the show. Will book again. Thank you! ” - Kelly Penn, Events Coordinator

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McCarthy's a fixture in the Honolulu arts scene, an established musician, performance artist and educator. ” - Noel Nicholas

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This is one of the most unique musical events I’ve ever been involved with” - Paul Sato

— Jamie Winpenny, Hawaii Independent

Wonderful show for children! By Eleu O. on December 10, 2016I located James thru Gig salad while looking for a performer to come to my son's preschool. He was hired as part of a thank you for the children's participation in a community service project and the show was fantastic!James performed for an hour and the children's attention was captured from the moment he stepped into the room. He told stories, sang songs with various instruments and involved the children throughout his show. There were giggles and squeals of joy as the children danced and participated in the stories. What I appreciated the most was James' expertise with children of all ages and his ability to ensure his material was appropriate for this age group of children ages 3-5.” - Eleu O.

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Kelley O'Neils, 311 Lewers Street, Honolulu HI

It's great to play here for the homies and the visitors who have either heard about what a fun place Kelley's is , or have happily discovered it on their own. The music runs from irish rebel songs to classic soul to acoustic rock, blues to.... you name it. Literally -you name it- (almost) always willing to do your requests even if I only vaguely know a tune. Love doing this gig, love this staff.

James B. McCarthy

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Proof Social Club, 1154 Fort Street Mall #10, Honoluu 96813

This really is like being at home for me. Roots runs deep with the Proof crew and the regulars. It's the kind of environment where I feel encouraged , even expected, to do the unexpected. Come with open ears and ready to engage. Just like the website says, "I want to be the musician who makes your day a bit better."

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