William McCarthy




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The Story So Far...


William McCarthy was the primary songwriter in New York City bands Pela and Augustines, and is also a writer, storyteller and visual artist. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

In January and February 2016, he toured Europe and the UK with his first ever one-man show “Journals, Maps, Stories & Songs: An Evening with William McCarthy, received with great reviews and sold out venues.

“A jaw-dropping, knockabout odyssey”

“McCarthy effectively seized gentle command of every iota of emotion in the room”

Quays News

“His lyrical intimacy had struck a profound chord with each member of the audience”

Quays News

“McCarthy’s key message that he has a need to write and perform these songs”

“His power is mind blowing”

“He can take a room from engrossed silence to arms-in-the-air ecstasy in minutes”

Listen Up Manchester

“einmal Straßen musiker, immer Straßenmusiker”


Upcoming Shows


The Music For The People Tour 2017 starts in Germany in April, with venues and dates below.  



06.04.17 Mainz

Schon Schön - Tickets

07.04.17 Hamburg

Molotow - Tickets

08.04.17 Berlin

Bi Nuu - Tickets

10.04.17 Hannover

Faust - Tickets

11.04.17 Nürnberg

Club Stereo - Tickets

12.04.17 München

Hansa 39 - Tickets

14.04.17 Leipzig

Neues Schauspiel - Tickets

15.04.17 Köln

Gebäude 9 - Tickets

17.04.17 Amsterdam

Melkweg - Tickets

18.04.17 Utrecht

TivoliVredenberg - Tickets

20.04.17 London

Bush Hall - SOLD OUT!

21.04.17 Brighton

The Haunt - Tickets

22.04.17 Bristol

Thekla - Tickets

24.04.17 Manchester

The Deaf Institute - SOLD OUT!


25.04.17 Edinburgh

The Caves - Tickets

26.04.17 Glasgow

Stereo - Tickets

28.04.17 Belfast

Black Box - Tickets

29.04.17 Dublin

The Workman's Club - Tickets

30.04.17 Galway


02.05.17 Liverpool

Arts Club - Tickets

03.05.17 Birmingham

Mama Roux'sTickets

04.05.17 Leeds

The Wardrobe - Tickets

05.05.17 Newcastle

The Cluny - Tickets

07.05.17 Sheffield

Plug - Tickets

08.05.17 Nottingham

Rescue Rooms - Tickets

09.05.17 London

Electrowerkz - Tickets

20-22.07.17 Austria

Acoustic Lakeside Festival - Tickets

02-05.08.17 Germany

A Summers Tale Festival - Tickets

03-05.08.17 Scotland

Tartan Heart Festival - Tickets


Tickets for the German shows can be purchased here. 


2016 tour videos



Keep checking here for updates and news from William McCarthy.



As more and more lovely stuff gets created, it'll be added here. Some of it you can purchase and, heck, some of it you can just take. 

All I ask of the freebies is you share it, make a little noise about it and, please, enjoy it!



Well here it is, my first solo song is out here and available.  Produced by Eric Sanderson and recorded after an unforgettable few months, please help yourselves 


Enjoy - bm


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