Born in Ardrew, Athy Ireland. Began music lessons on piano but gave up due to aggressive attitude of teacher, who was a knuckle-rapper. Took up clarinet in university (self-taught) inspired by Johnny Dodds and Sidney Bechet and by the revival of traditional jazz that was the taking place in Europe.Then heard Lester Young & Billie Holiday (on recordings.) Took up tenor saxophone in 1963
A straightforward accomplished album. It is refreshing to listen to an album with no social activism or environmentalism, just music which is there and consistent. Damian Huston reviewing the album The Joe Carbery Trio in The Northern Advocate newspaper.
Mike Nettmann in the Northern News:Joe Carbery Swingtet: Joe & his group have performed at many previous festivals and are always a winner with jazz enthusiasts. A fine sax player, composer and singer, Joe and his group made my trip worthwhile. Professional, polished and some great original compositions.