Angelina Carberry was born in Manchester, England into a Longford family steeped in traditional music. Starting on the tin whistle, she later moved onto the banjo following in the footsteps of her father Peter and grandfather Kevin Carberry. Angelina moved to Galway in the late 90’s where she recorded the highly acclaimed album ‘Memories from the Holla’ with her father Peter on accordion and John Blake on guitar and piano. Angelina was a member of the all-female group the Bumblebees and toured with the legendary duo Tony MacMahon and Barney McKenna. Angelina performed for the Margaret Barry Hall of Fame Award, at the RTÉ Folk Awards, 2019 in Vicar Street, Dublin and in 2021 she received the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil, Ceoiltor na Bliana / Musician of the Year.
Angelina’s style has evolved into one that is incredibly distinctive and having it’s own rhythmical characteristics. Her two solo works, ‘An Traidisún Beo’ 2005 & ‘Pluckin’ Mad’ 2014, which were awarded among the Irish Echo’s Top 10 CD’S of the year, showcase her unique banjo sound.
Over the years, Angelina has appeared on several albums as a guest performer, including the 2011 album “The Larks Air” by accordionist Dan Brouder and the 2017 album “Music in the Frame” by accordionist Josephine Marsh. Additionally, Angelina released two duet albums in 2003 with accordionist Martin Quinn and in 2017 with Dan Brouder, titled “A Waltz for Joy.”
In addition to performing, Angelina is also a music teacher and a popular banjo tutor at summer schools and festivals throughout Ireland, U.K. and internationally. Angelina has performed frequently and taught at Irish music events across North America and Canada, including the Catskills Irish Arts Week NY, Augusta Irish Week WV, Swanannoa Gathering NC, Goderich, O’Flaherty Retreat, TX, Cascadia Irish Music Week, WS, and most recently at Irish Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) week, MD. Angelina has also played popular tv program’s series Fleadh Cheoil RTÉ, Bosca Ceol, Hup, Sé mo Laoch, and Fleadh TV TG4.