Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff.

BBC Radio 4

A genius with words.

Irish Post

Left the audience crying with laughter.

Kingston Guardian

Racker Donnelly, a storypoet & entertainer, has done thousands of performances in Ireland, Britain, America & Australia.  

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

On Facebook he has posted 1620 of his Rackerhymes. 

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. In Melbourne's Drunken Poet he features on the Irish Wall of Fame. 

Based in London, Racker is a resident performer

at the Musical Traditions Club. His email address is [email protected], landline 02033 028819.

In August 2016 he did ten shows for Sidmouth Folk Week.

He will be a guest there for the fifth time in 2020.

Future & previous performances are listed under Gigs.


In 2014 Racker featured at Sidmouth Folk Week & at Whitby Folk Week (back for the fourth time) & appeared on BBC4 in Some Irish People With Jokes. 

2011 highlights included a Scottish tour & the Edinburgh Festival, performances at the Royal Festival Hall, a Bloomsnight for the Musical Traditions Club & a show at the Rose Theatre Kingston ["the sparkling wit of Racker, whose poems are roaringly funny" ~ Kingston Guardian].

In 2012 he featured at Sidmouth Folk Festival & for Dublin's Frank Harte Festival & back to Whitby Folk Week & Liverpool Irish Festival (for the third time) & did an Irish tour.

2013 highlights included events at Cecil Sharp House & Music Hall, Scottish, Heaney, Joyce & St Patrick's Nights.

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

& a new 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


(old & gold)


(new & blue),

see Off the Rack.