Tunbridge, VT, Friday, Feb.2, 2018, 7:30pm (doors open @7), Tunbridge Town Hall. A concert benefitting Royalton Community Radio, WFVR-LP, with Bob Amos, banjo, Colin McCaffrey, mandolin, Chris Brashear, fiddle  and The Starline Rhythm Boys. $15 in advance ( $20 at the door.
Concerts in IRELAND 2018 with Arty McGlynn, guitar, and Mick Daly, banjo:
Friday, Feb 16, 2018, Ballinderreen (Co. Galway) Community Centre, 8pm
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, Leap Castle (Co. Tipperary) 8pm
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, Coughlan’s, Cork City, 9pm


March 24, 2016 Station Inn Nashville TN with The Irregulars

March 17, 2016 Tunbridge VT

Immortalized on video:

Appearing at Town Hall, Tunbridge VT  Thursday 3/17/16

I’ll be joining forces with the incredible Starline Rhythm Boys this Saturday, March 19, 7:30pm, at the Tunbridge (VT) Town Hall for “an evening of songs, dance, tall tales and a rollicking good time!”
Danny Coane, Billy Bratcher and Al Lemery have been wowing Vermonters for decades with their rousing blend of honky-tonk, rockabilly and country music. They will be joined by steel guitar player Teddy Webber, a member of the Wiyos. Local craft beer will be provided by my good friends Ben and Ann Linehan of Brocklebank Brewery. Should be a great post-St. Patrick’s Day mud season party.

February 13, 2016 Framingham MA

I’m looking forward to joining Everett Alan Lilly at the Joe Val Festival Saturday, Feb 13, 4:30pm at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel for a celebration by the Boston Bluegrass Union honoring the Lilly Brothers. Everett and Bea Lilly, along with Don Stover and Tex Logan, were the Confederate Mountaineers, the very first Bluegrass Band I ever heard when they were playing on WCOP in Boston in 1952. To say that they changed my life would be an understatement. Their music stirred me as no other music had and hearing it set me on a path which I am still following today. And I wasn’t the only one. Joe Val himself was affected by their music, as was Bill Keith, Peter Rowan and the trio that started Rounder Records–Ken Irwin, Marion Leighton Levy and Bill Nowlin. Indeed, if it weren’t for the Lilly Brothers there might not have been a Boston Bluegrass Union or the Joe Val Festival. I’m honored to be a part of this tribute to them.

January 27, 2016 Station Inn Nashville TN with The Irregulars, special guest: Tom Paxton



October 15, Station Inn Nashville TN with The Irregulars special guest: Charlie Cushman on banjo

October 4 , Raleigh NC, IBMA Hall of Fame induction for Bill Keith

Thursday, May 28, 8pm Whately, Mass. (even though we’re on Thursday) ]

Sunday, May 31, 8pm Tunbridge Vermont, Town Hall

Monday, June 8, Nashville TN, Douglas Corner Cafe – Forerunner Music reunion and tribute to Sandy Mason

***Next Nashville appearance for Rooney’s Irregulars***:

Thursday, 6/11/15  STATION INN Nashville with The Irregulars

January 29, 2015

Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elko, NV.  Looking forward to seeing my cowboy friends there, Paul Zarzyski, Ian Tyson, Don Edwards, Hal Cannon, Tom Russell. Will try not to eat too much of the fabulous Basque food at The Star. Will be celebrating my birthday there a day late, but better late than never!

While in Elko  at the Cowboy Poetry gathering, I ran into Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, who gave me a copy of their new album “Love Runner”. Get it. Coincidentally it has three songs on it that I have recorded with other artists–“Central Square” by Tom Paxton, “Just Go” by Hal Cannon, and “Green Summertime” by Robin & Linda Williams (which I also recorded with Chris Brashear). It’s one of those albums you can just put on and let it go. Mollie’s voice is a thing of beauty. – J.R.




The Jim Rooney Roadshow has swept through the following locations, and if you missed it, at least books are still available at the following: Parnassus (Nashville), Charlie Byrne’s (Galway IRELAND), Ranelagh Arts Centre (Dublin IRELAND) Harvard Book Store
(Cambridge MA) , Golden Notebook (Woodstock NY), Carter’s Vintage Guitars
(Nashville TN) Hall of Fame Bookstore(Nashville TN) Norwich Bookstore
(Norwich VT).

Thursday, August 28: Strafford Town House, Strafford, VT, as part of their summer writers series

[Events for Americana Association Conference, which takes place in Nashville Sept 17-21]

Wednesday, September 17:. : 3pm Club 47 Film at conference center in Palmer Plaza Bldg
Friday, September 19: 12:30-1:30 Howlin’ Books (next to Grimey’s Record Store, 8th Ave): Reading, signing, Q&A
Friday, September 19: 5pm Thacker Mountain Radio Show at conference center in Hutton Hotel

Thursday, September 25: Appearing with THE IRREGULARS, Station Inn, Nashville  9pm

Wednesday, April 2: Morrill Library, Strafford, VT, 7pm, reading (will be selling/signing books)


IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN A Memoir by Jim Rooney (coming 2014)

A Memoir by Jim Rooney

Thursday, April 3: Bagito’s, Montpelier, 6pm VT, gig  w/Colin McCaffrey (will be selling/signing books)


Wednesday, April 23: Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN, 6:30pm (will be selling/signing books)



Thursday, April 24: The Station Inn, Nashville, TN,  party, 6pm  (will be selling/signing books)  9pm, gig with Rooney’s Irregulars and guests


Thursday, May 1: Club Passim, Cambridge, MA, reading/ gig, 7pm, w/Pat Alger (will be selling/signing books)


Friday, May 2: Coolidge Hotel Salon Series, White River Jct, VT, 6pm, reading/gig w/Pat Alger & Colin McCaffrey (will be selling/signing books)


Thursday, May 8: Harmony Restaurant, Woodstock, NY, 8pm, gig w/ Brian Hollander Band, Pat Alger (will be selling/signing books)




Friday, May 16:  Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway, Ireland, 6pm, reading, selling & signing books.

Saturday, May 17:  Ballinderreen Community Centre, Co. Galway, Ireland, 7pm, Gig w/ Mick Daly & Arty McGlynn (will be selling/signing books)

Sunday, May 18:  Coughlan’s, Cork, Ireland, 8pm; gig w/Mick Daly & Arty McGlynn (will be selling/signing books)

Saturday, May 24:  Trim Library, County Meath, Ireland, 8pm, gig w/ Mick Daly & Rick Epping (will be selling/signing books)

Sunday, May 25:  Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh St, Dublin, Ireland, 4pm,  reading & session (will be selling/signing books)


Saturday, December 6 (Amherst MA) Book signing at Amherst Books (8 Main St) at 1 pm  followed by a Song & Story Swap in conjunction with Pioneer Valley Folklore Society  – The Nacul Center 592 Main St., Amherst, MA at 7pm

[ but if you can’t wait: online (signed) book sales ]