Growing up in the home of traditional Irish music in the beautiful County Clare, singer/songwriter Michael Darcy was steeped in the purity of this musical culture from a very young age. He spent his early years competing & winning national competitions on the accordion, aswell as earning multiple All-Ireland titles & a World Championship for Irish set-dancing, before deciding to focus his attention on guitar & vocals.
It was through the passion of this instrument that he became inspired by bands like Planxty, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Pogues and so on. From further afield, he started listening to the gritty American sounds of Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, John Prine, Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt. After years of touring across Ireland honing his original sound, Michael now resides in Toronto, Canada, where he quickly immersed himself into the bustling city’s roots music scene, playing shows in such venues as the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, The Dakota Tavern & Burdock Music Hall.
Over the years Michael has shared the stage with top Irish acts like Hermitage Green, Delorentos & Mundy along with Canadian celtic punk giants The Mahones. Touring across Canada playing in bars, theatres & festival stages has resulted in performances out east as far as Newfoundland & west all the way to British Columbia, aswell as playing shows internationally in places like New York City, Las Vegas and even Haiti! He also seized the opportunity to perform live on Canadian television during a special St. Patrick’s Day show for the popular CP24 breakfast channel.
Working with producer/engineer Aaron Comeau (Skydiggers), Michael released his long-awaited debut album ‘Simple Drop of Rain’ in 2018, which features 11 original tracks & garnered positive reviews & radio play on both sides of the Atlantic....(“there's a fine blend of folk, modern roots and trad throughout.” – BOB MERSEREAU, CBC). He returned to the studio in late 2019 and has been busy working on material for album no. 2 with his exciting and dynamic new group, “Michael Darcy & the Atlantic Tramps”, creating an acoustic whirlwind of folk & roots sounds best described as a musical marriage of both Celtic & Americana. He just released a new 3-track EP “Atlantic Tramps Live” which was recorded in front of an attentive live audience and will serve as a taster of what to expect from the upcoming sophomore record due out in early 2021!
“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.
“A comforting country sound resonates throughout....Darcy’s honest lyrics are indicative of the classic country song” – IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE.