❝A comforting country sound resonates throughout…Darcy’s honest lyrics are indicative of the classic country song.

– IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

In 2010, Michael Darcy packed up his songs and guitar, left his home in the green hills of Co. Clare, Ireland and journeyed westward across the Atlantic – to Toronto, Canada. Chasing adventure and devilment he fell in with three like-minded young music makers who would become ‘The Atlantic Tramps’. It was a whirlwind of folk traditions — where greengrass meets bluegrass. From soulful ballads to roof-raising barnstormers, Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps whisk their audiences up to the rafters and down to the roots.

Drawing from the well of rich Irish music that he grew up with and also being inspired by gritty American songwriters like John Prine & Guy Clark, Michael’s songs bear the earthy tones of his Old Country roots, and the freshness of a newly cut path. Americana. Stories of loss and fortune, love and heartbreak, wanderlust and lives lived — told with a touch of banjo twang and a light Canadian frost.

Michael tours both solo and with The Atlantic Tramps. Most recently the band was honoured to be the only Canadian artists presented at the international Robinson Emerging Artist Showcase at North America’s longest running pan-Celtic festival — Goderich Celtic Roots Festival 2021. In 2020, the band shared the stage with multi-platinum Irish artist Mundy and closed out the show together, performing the international hit song “Galway Girl” at Toronto’s iconic Horseshoe Tavern. In 2019, Michael’s solo soft-seat theatre debut at the Saltwater Sessions in Kimberley, BC was a resounding sold-out success. And then there was the time the band performed a week-long residency at the legendary Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. As they say . . . what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

After releasing his impressive solo debut Simple Drop of Rain, which garnered positive reviews and radioplay on both sides of the Atlantic, Michael has returned to the studio with The Atlantic Tramps in tow for the eagerly-awaited follow-up album, titled Down to the Roots, being released in the autumn of 2021.

With so many adventures from his travels so far, there’s a suitcase full of stories. Like the one about Michael being served the first-ever poured pint of Guinness in Haiti…

Remember that time you stumbled into a
club by accident and there was a singer on stage who immediately wowed you? Darcy’s that kind of singer.❞


– BOB MERSEREAU, CBC
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