Rory & The Island

Welcome to the website of Rory & The Island and thanks for taking the time to visit.The new album ‘Auntie Depressant & Uncle Hope’ is available now from all good record stores as well as the Rory & the Island webstore.





‘Dumb Celebrity’ Tour

Feb 19, 2013


Rory & the Island returns to the UK during the first week of March for a string of six dates.


The ‘Dumb Celebrity’ UK Tour dates are as follows:


01/03: London: Camden Barfly

02/03: Manchester: the Attic

03/03: Brighton: the Brunswick

04/03: Bristol: Mr Wolfs

05/03:  Bristol: the Croft

06/03: High Wycombe: Scorpios




For more information:


Irish Tour Dates Confirmed

Oct 10, 2012

Rory & the Island’s November Irish tour dates are as follows:


Saturday 10th November, 2012
the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
8pm / €8


Sunday 11th November, 2012
the Green Room, Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
8pm / €8


Monday 12th November, 2012
the Derry City Social Club, Derry


Wednesday 14th November, 2012
Shenanigan’s, Sligo


Friday 16th November, 2012
the Workman’s Club, Dublin
8pm / €7 (Tix available on


Sunday 18th November, 2012
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Time TBC


Monday 19th November, 2012
DCU @ NuBar, Dublin


Tuesday 20th November, 2012
NUIM @ YOURCLUBHOUSE, Maynooth, Kildare


For more info keep an eye on the website and on Facebook.

‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’

Aug 14, 2012

The online sensation ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ by Rory & the Island has now exceeded 70, 000 views on YouTube in just five days. 


The song, a tribute to Jim McGuinness and Donegal 2012 ahead of their All Ireland clash with Cork in the semi final, is a re-working of the original Rory & the Island song ‘Jimmy Selling Watches’.


Check out the video featuring ‘Jimmy Barry Murphy ‘ from Senegal below. The video was shot on Playa Chica in Lanzarote last week. 



You can also check out the video for the original ‘Jimmy Selling Watches’ here:


Rory & the Island store Now open

Jun 7, 2012


The Rory and the Island online store is now open!


Here you can purchase the brand new album ‘Auntie Depressant & Uncle Hope’.

Check out this picture taken last week when Rory, Ronnie Whelan and Sharon Shannon visited the TV3 studios to promote the single ‘Boys in Green 2012′.


Sharon Shannon, Ronnie Whelan, Rory


Boys in Green 2012

Apr 18, 2012
This week RORY & THE ISLAND shot straight in at number 5 in the Irish iTunes Rock Charts with the “Boys in Green” anthem for the Irish soccer team for the Euro 2012 competition. 
“Boys in Green” is available from iTunes HERE
The track was a spur of the moment bit of fun performed with Sharon Shannon a few months earlier and was released for the “Myasthenia Gravis Charity” backed by former Irish Football Legend Ronnie Whelan.
Check out the video for “Boys in Green” here:

Competition to find Rory And The Island’s New Album Cover

Jan 12, 2012

Rory and the Island need a child’s drawing for the cover of the new album “Auntie Depressant and Uncle Hope” … Rory said “i want it to be a drawing of a Man and a Woman on a beach holding hands, a sun in the top corner etc …the more child-like the better! (prob look best using Crayons) . E-mail me a JPEG or something similar. A nice little prize involved for the winner” .. or you can upload entries to

 Here’s one sent in by Marian

Ballad of Mad Dog Coll

Nov 8, 2011

Ballad of Mad Dog Coll

A rough recording of the Ballad of Mad Dog Coll shot at the Craic n’ Ceol in Lanzarote with Sharon Hussey on Fiddle.


Rory and the Island to play Charity Gig ..

Oct 14, 2011

Rory and the Island to play Charity Gig to raise funds for Clic Sargent, the hospice that took care of Aidan Duffy who lost his battle against cancer aged 5…Tonight (8.30pm)

Lanzarote Summer Music Festival

Sep 29, 2011

Rory and The Island to play the Lanzarote Summer Music Festival this Friday 30th September.This years event will consist of the 4th Lanzarote Summer Music Festival and the 2nd Oktoberfest as the 2011 Event Weekend of The Year, held at Plaza de las Naciones in Los Pocillos, Puerto Del Carmen.

The Friday Night Live Music Concert will take place on the auditorium area on the lower level, (as always), leading up to the main area which will host the Oktoberfest on the Saturday and Sunday.

Check the Lanzarote Summer Music Festival Facebook page for times and details.