Sunday — August 8, 2010 — 2:00pm


On tour from the British Isles

Anthony John Clarke
Irish Eyes


It is so rare to come out of a concert shaking like a leaf with emotion. Anthony has that knack of getting to your very core, shaking it around, then leaving you laughing with joy.

This is particularly true in the intimate setting of a house concert. On CDs, you don't get the introductory back stories that lead you to a comprehensive understanding of the emotions that made a song emerge ... or the complex political events that shape the lives of the northern Irish.

ANTHONY JOHN CLARKEHis songs are fantastic, romantic, poignant. The lyrics are poetry set to music, with brilliant rhymes. They reveal a genuine feeling for modern Ireland that is not clouded by silly sentiment. His work is, in the main, gentle, not unlike that of the early Paul Simon.

Anthony John Clarke was born in Belfast on 18th October 1956. He started songwriting at the age of nine inspired by the sixties but it was only when he left Ireland and came to England that he pursued his passion for writing with any vigour. Lacking belief in his work, he languished in the shadow of others for too long, but the creator of Irish Eyes and the beautiful Seven In Ireland was destined to make a mark on the British contemporary music scene. Living in Liverpool afforded Anthony John the opportunity of performing his songs far and wide. Seven tours of the East Coast of the USA ensured him a small but loyal following there which remains loyal to him to this day. Bookings at clubs up and down the UK and recent developments including the vocal collaboration with Elizabeth van de Waal increased his popularity and made him an established folk name.

Anthony has said that "People don't leave the house to be bored to death. You have a responsibility to entertain and avoid being self-indulgent. I avoid being professionally Irish as much as I can. Just because I'm an Irish songwriter doesn't mean I can't love the Kinks and the Small Faces, Wes Montgomery, Coldplay. I like the songs of George Formby. They were my first delight musically and I liked listening to them with my children as they were growing up. The songwriter has a responsibility. It's not enough to put a tune to some words or some words to a tune. The song is a vehicle for a notion that the writer has about something. If it wasn't, then the song would have no beginning, middle or end. It's not complicated. The notion is what starts the process and the completed song is the fruition. It invites others into the notion, the idea, the feeling, the celebration, the private moment. And if you can provide a laugh or two along the way it gets my vote"

He has earned his reputation as one of the top singer-songwriters on the scene and his hard work and dedication to his craft are a credit to him ... for him, songwriting is indeed a craft.

His shows are funny, challenging and extremely popular. Anthony John Clarke is one of the music scene's real gentlemen.

  Last seen in the area at our house concert six years ago, his return visit was a very special show, enjoyed by a very fortunate intimate audience.


Praises by others for his performances:

  • "Anthony John Clarke has the ability to capture an audience and mesmerise them with a combination of intelligence, humour and musicianship. He is a master of his craft! He contrasted the sensitive, thoughtful lyrics of some of his songs with the hilarious humour of others. The audience were with him all the way, singing along with gusto."
        — Val Dockerty, North Cheshire Cruising Club

  • "As a supreme wordsmith, talented guitarist and sublime storyteller, Anthony has an air of the alchemist about him. He turns into musical gold heart-tugging tales about a homeless teenager in Belfast or a young soldier who lost his life 20 minutes after being dropped behind enemy lines. But for every poignant song, there's a lighthearted lyric and comical quip."
        — Gay Bolton, Chesterfield Folk Club

Link to Anthony on YouTube:   Video: Tuesday Night Is Always Karaoke    

Listen to his music on MySpace  

or visit his web site:   ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE double CD: Lively At The Davy Lamp - The Man With The Golden Plectrum

Admission:   $17 — $12 for FMSH members
This concert was held at the home of Sybil Moser in Huntington Station
Reservations required - call 631-425-2925 or email to
Seating is limited - please reserve early
Come early to meet — for wine & cheese and conversation!
Bring a snack or dish to share