Jimmy has written for all the Irish indigenous artists and has some international covers, artists include Christy Moore (Ride on, Missing You and The Contender), Mary Black who has recorded many of Jimmy’s songs, most notably Katie and No Frontiers. Mary Coughlan recorded Ancient Rain and also had a hit with Ride On. Maura O’Connell, Tommy Fleming, Westlife, The Corrs, Celtic Tenors, Sean Keane, Paddy Reilly, Moving Hearts, Frances Black, The Fureys and many many more have also recorded Jimmy’s songs.
A native of Macroom Co. Cork, Jimmy MacCarthy was singing in pubs and busking from an early age. His first single ‘Miles of Eyes’ was released in 1981 and from there he went on to create some of the most well known songs in the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire such as ‘Ride On’, ’No Frontiers’, ‘The Bright Blue Rose’, ‘The Contender’, ’Mystic Lipstick’, ‘Missing you’, ‘The people of west Cork and Kerry’, ‘The mad lady and me’,'As I leave behind Neidin’ and many more. Now Jimmy is back on the road to perform his life’s work, including new material. Jimmy has released four albums of his own The Song of the Singing Horseman (1991), The Dreamer (1994),The Moment (2002) and Hey Ho Believe (2010).