Much of my work is performed solo in Irish music pubs and events throughout the American southeast. Many of these events are filled with college kids and some cater to older folks. Musically, myself....and our band "ACE Basin", are based in Charleston, South Carolina. Many shows include what we call "Country and Eastern" which is coastal folk and country music. It is actually just a mixture of regional and popular favorites. I don't play with any electronic side equipment and I don't crack up any guitars in my show, but many listeners go out of their way to come back again. Many bring their parents or their friends when they return and that is a part of what motivates me to continue to do what makes my living.
Supporting my family is the main reason I work as hard as I do. My wife (since 1976) and son & daughter are a great source of strength for me. I grew up in a large loving musical family and I guess I tend to need that family unit support. We live on my ancestral family farm in rural central South Carolina. I'm not home enough to help much on the farm but I would never live anywhere else. My great grandfather homesteaded this land and my own home stands across the field from the house he built and the house I grew up in.
Other information about my performances, our annual Christmas tour, and travels (including Ireland) and our recordings, etc can be found elsewhere here now and even more as we add new features to this website, so come by often. But for now I'll just say ...I'm glad you found me here and I hope to see you sometime soon.
God bless, and be good to yourself and those who depend on you..... Carroll
Accompanying himself on the guitar and occasionally on the Celtic drum called the bodhran, Frank - though hardly a strict traditionalist - embodies many of the traditions of the ancient bards, but with a more contemporary twist. His performances are presented with aplomb, grace and good humor. Interspersed with varied insights into the background of the songs are stories, jokes and toasts, so that his appearances are informative as well as entertaining. His business card and stationary read "Music &c." This means that he is much more than a songster. He entertains!
Although a good amount of his material is in the Irish mold, he also embraces Scottish, Canadian, American, Australian and even British cultures. He runs the gamut from humorous to soulful. In addition is the author/composer of a number of popular pub songs as well as patriotic pieces in honor of Ireland and the United States - which he performs regularly.
His material is rendered in a rich baritone that is eminently understandable. Because of this, he has been in demand as a voiceover actor for commercials and narrations. His performances are bolstered by a refined sense of comic and dramatic timing developed through his experiences on the folk circuit, in front of a classroom, in the theater and in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Through the course of time, Frank has had nine record albums produced, which reviewers have characterized variously as "eclectic", "highly entertaining", and "this CD seldom leaves my player". In addition, he has performed on the recordings of numerous friends and associates in the business.
In 2000, he collaborated with Harry O'Donoghue and Carroll Brown on the highly successful "A Christmas Postcard" - from which they fashioned a touring Christmas show.
In 2001, he wrote and recorded "The Flag of Our Fathers", which was picked up by The American Legion as a sound track to a film they were producing. In 2002, he and Bob Slaughter, a Veteran of Omaha Beach on D-Day, pooled their talents to write and have Frank record "A New Dawn Forever" - to benefit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.
Dublin is a long time past, and he has resided in the States for a considerable length of time. Since 1986, Frank has made his home - when he is not on the road - over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia. He is the co-author of the booklet, Wythe County Virginia During the War Between the States. He is currently working on a book dealing with the Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont in 1864, a monograph on the war time experiences of Captain Wythe B. Graham, CSA, a collaborative anthology of reminiscences, and a cancer journal.
His open personality and ready smile translate easily off the boards. It is obvious to any audience that he treasures being able to do what he does for a living. He respects his stock in trade and he respects his audience.
A consummate performer, Harry O'Donoghue's charismatic stage presence and musical talent have generated dedicated fans from California to New York and abroad. Since 1988, he has recorded eight solo albums. Each album has a presence and balance that clearly defines to the listener that the artist is passionate about his work. Three of his albums were recorded live and show him in his element - in front of an audience where, with his trademark sharp wit, infectious humor, guitar and bodhrán, he easily draws the audience into the show.
He has toured throughout the US and Ireland playing in a variety of venues from large festivals to intimate concert settings and singer/songwriter showcases. In March of '99, he was invited to perform with the Savannah Symphony. , Harry was asked to open for international recording artist Mary Black at her concert in the renowned Lucas Theatre in Savannah in 2002. In 2003, he opened and sang with Cathie Ryan, former lead singer for Cherish the Ladies. 2001, 2002 and 2003, saw him voted 'Best Acoustic/Folk Artist' by the Connect Savannah readers.
Active in the Savannah community, he co-produces and hosts The Green Island Radio Show once a week for Georgia Public Radio. Since 1992 he has interviewed performers and songwriters for the show, as well as reviewed numerous albums from around the world.