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Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff.

    BBC Radio 4

A genius with words.

Irish Post

​Left the audience crying with laughter.

                     Kingston Guardian       


Racker Donnelly, a storyrhymer & entertainer, has done thousands of performances in Ireland, England, Scotland, America & Australia.  

His storyrhymes & songs, mostly comic, are about Sheep, Smoking, Tennis, Oysters, Joyce, Midsummer, Politics, Christmas, The Dublin Riviera, Yeats, Football, Dracula, Wilde, Foul Rulers, Goldilocks, Boris, Irish Proverbs, English History, Pigs, Woking, Yorkshire, with several biographical tributes & whatever you're having yourself.

On Facebook he has posted over 2,100 of his Rackerhymes. He sometimes writes & performs "travestations" of works by Robert Burns, Brian Merriman, Geoffrey Chaucer, German Poets, James Joyce, & Anon. 

In June 2015 in Melbourne he performed his sequel to James Joyce's Ulysses & returned to the Celtic Club there for a full-length show. He features on the Irish Wall of Fame in Melbourne's Drunken Poet. 

Racker is a resident performer at the Musical Traditions Club in London.


Post a tenner (sterling or euro) with your address to 

Racker Donnelly, 405 The Beaux-Arts Building, 10-18 Manor Gardens, London N7 6JW

for Rhymes of the Racker or On the Rack to receive your CD by return of post. 


(The email address is [email protected])

Racker was a guest for Sidmouth Folk Week for the fifth time in 2022.

Over the years Racker has done Irish & Scottish tours, including the Edinburgh & Frank Harte Festivals, 3 Liverpool Irish Festivals, 3 London Irish Cultural Centre Festivals 2 Sheffield Literary Festivals, 5 Sidmouth Folk Weeks, 4 Whitby Folk Weeks, 20 Bloomsdays, 12 Burns Nights, 8 Patrick's Nights, 2 Heaney Nights, 4 Flann O'Brien afternoons, & in London's Festival Hall, City Hall, Irish Centres & the Bloomsbury & Rose Theatres, & in Oxford's Ashmolean Museum.

Future & previous performances are listed under Gigs.

A CD ~ Rhymes of the Racker ~ has been re-issued

& another CD ~ On the Rack ~ is also available. 

           Here you'll find poems to read & hear,

          with details of past & future shows

For information about the CDs



see Off the Rack.