John Leo Carter

John Leo Carter close up

John Leo Carter

John Leo’s text have been described as pure poetry a unique musical experience. He plays a variety of instruments but his voice is his first. In his song the words come to life with both power and sensitivity. Being on stage and at the same time filling it so completely with the help of his voice, Guitar and a Bodhran, It is an art,

John Leo’s first solo album “Candyfloss girl ” was very well received and got Great reviews in Ireland.

His second full studio album “No Monsters only Toys” was launched in May 2016 Featuring Emilia Amper on nyckelharp and Vyvienne Long on Cello who has collaborated with Damien Rice and Ed Sheeran. No Monsters only toys is currently in the running for album of the year 2017 in Ireland

John Has Shared a stage with Declan O’Rourke, Mick flannery, Andy Irvine, Dervish (Ireland), Stefan Sundström, Åsa Jinder, Emilia Amper (Sweden) and many more.


“Drawing from the genres of Irish trad, Folk and balladeering, Carter’s lyrics are pure poetry with Guitar playing that sparkles and glimmers like light on water.” (Ten/Ten Adrienne Murphy, Hotpress Magazine)

“An intriguing Talent. John Leo Carter’s evocative muse is much closer to Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.” (John O Regan, Irish Music Magazine)

Since I was a young boy in Cobh and got my first instrument, I sat down in front of our gate to play for neighbors and passers-by, I have followed the passion To play music.
With kindest regards, John Leo Carter