“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
“McCarthy's a fixture in the Honolulu arts scene, an established musician, performance artist and educator. ” - Noel Nicholas
— Hana Hou
“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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James with Doolin Rakes
“the Celtic rock band has become a mainstay in Honolulu...The music may range from an instrumental reel to an acoustic Irish ballad to a rousing traditional drinking song to a rocking Van Morrison cover to a rendition of “Whiskey in a Jar” that would make Thin Lizzy proud. ” - Elizabeth Kieszkowski