Garry McCarthy (aka GMC) is a music producer/rapper/youth workshop facilitator from Cork who began producing, writing and recording his own music for local and underground radio stations back in 2004. Since then, he has released 3 albums, penned a top 20 hit with “Not Tonight – The Bouncer Song”, performed at Electric Picnic, The Marquee in Cork, released the “Girl on Facebook” music video and wrote the Cork GAA anthems “Give us back Sam Maguire” in 2010 and “Do the Jimmy Barry Murphy in 2013”. Garry’s style brings witty, edgy and local lyrics over a wide variety of self-produced beats. Garry remains true to his accent and identity and urges young people to try do the same when expressing themselves lyrically and musically.
As hip hop has become an important voice for the youth, Garry is now heavily involved in delivering music workshops around Ireland. From delivering a FETAC Level 5 Music Technology class to students as a stepping stone into 3rd level education, to working with schools and youth groups to write and record their own hip hop songs, to helping people with special needs express themselves through rap, Garry’s work has made a positive impact on many young people. As Garry has a first class honours degree in Multimedia, and works as a freelance media content designer, he also offers workshops in web, design, video and audio development.
Garry has worked and continues to work with organisations like the Cork Academy of Music, Triskel Arts Centre, Mayfield Arts Project and Dean Street Youth Reach to name but a few. He also has a first class honours masters in Business Information Systems and is garda vetted, registered with the Cork City VEC and the teaching council.