"I first played in a small wine bar and then a Spanish Tapas Bar for a year and then discovered I could attract a wider listening audience through busking around Melbourne and everything has gone really well since". I initially just wanted to play strictly originals, but I ended up playing everything I know also i.e Blues, Spanish, Irish, covers you name it!

Carroll now performs regularly at markets, restaurants, festivals and corporate gigs around Melbourne and interstate. Including two years as a regular at Westfield Southland Shopping Centre. He has released seven albums of instrumental music Deli Lane, The Black Shore, Salmon Tails Up the Water,Musica Dalla CorsiaPlacido ModelloBlues Instrumentals and Coffee House Music that sell consistently to a growing fan base. Album covers have been created and designed by artist Alana Di Giacomo from Fremantle, Western Australia. John’s music has also been featured on 3RRR radio’s Celtic Folk Show, 3MDR Classic Saturdays, 2MCE’s Mal Kiely and performed at the Cygnet Folk Festival Tasmania in 2012 and 2014. And  supported Australian music legend Jimmy Barnes at a Buckitdream  2017 private event. 

Look out for John's new playlist now available on Spotify, Apple Music and You Tube!


Past performances:

  • QV One day Shopping Event,
  • Minter Ellison Law Firm
  • Zinc @ Federation Square
  • Upper West Side Melb CBD
  • Pop Union
  • Prahran Market 150th Celebrations
  • Barkly Square Shopping Centre
  • Westfield Southland Promotions and Event Days
  • Zambrero Fiesta Nights Promotions
  • Seed Clothing V.I.P Promotion
  • Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania (2012/14)
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Arts Centre Sunday Crafts Market
  • Carino Spanish Tapas Bar (Residency)
  • Strangeloves Wine Bar (Residency)
  • Clyde Park Vineyard
  • Willow Creek Vineyard
  • Stumpy Gully Vineyard
  • Celtic Folk Show 3CR
  • Fifth Province Irish Bar & Restaurant
  • 3MDR "Classic Saturdays" with Jules Vine
  • The Longest Lunch Kilcunda Bridge, Food & Wine Festival
  • Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club

“John Francis Carroll is a talented instrumental acoustic guitarist and composer. He has delighted audiences playing his own unique versions of classic hits from artists such as Fleetwood Mac, as well as impressing many with his Celtic/Irish folk performances. John took time out for a Q&A with Australian Musician” 

- Greg Phillips, Editor, Australian Musician Magazine (Sep 12, 2014)