Irish Traveller, Singer and Storyteller Thomas McCarthy comes from Birr in County Offaly in Ireland. His family are the McCarthys who settled there generations ago. Thomas comes from a long line of old traditional singers and musicians who kept the tradition of singing strong, and he wilI sing wherever he’s invited – at clubs, festivals, people’s houses, weddings, funerals, christenings, at home, down the road and over the sea.The stories Thomas tells are too often forgotten, but are an important part of our heritage, kept alive by our ancestors. Stories are so important, they can keep you grounded in a world where people have forgotten the art of communication and conversation and the kids are all on mobile phones and computers. These old stories are relevant to all people, adults and children, immaterial of ethnicity. Thomas has been named the Traditional Singer of the Year in the Gradam Ceoil Awards 2019. Thomas will perform in marquee 1 on Sunday afternoon.