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He is best known for his work Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1987 until 1995. He recorded with them three studio albums : Peepshow, Superstition and The Rapture. His biggest hit with the band was in 1991 with the single "Kiss Them For Me" which reached the number twenty-three in the Billboard Hot 100.
McCarrick is also widely known for being part of 4AD records super group This Mortal Coil with whom he recorded three albums - It'll End in Tears, Filigree and Shadow, and Blood. Alongside his work with This Mortal Coil he contributed to the recording and live performances of a number of 4AD acts including Dead Can Dance, The Wolfgang Press, Peter Murphy, Heidi Berry, Lush, Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh. He was later a member of rock band Therapy?: he joined them in 1996 (his first gig as a full-time member being a secret fan-club show in Dublin, Ireland on 10 April 1996), having previously supplied guest cello work on their albums Troublegum and Infernal Love, as well as various live appearances with the band since 1992. During the bands UK tour in 2003, McCarrick perforated his ear-drum and had to leave mid-tour. His last show with Therapy? was in Glasgow, Scotland on 28 November 2003. McCarrick left Therapy? in March 2004.
He has also had a long association with other musicians, recording and performing with This Mortal Coil, Marc Almond, including Almond's seminal work with Marc & the Mambas, Nick Cave, The The, Gary Numan, Biffy Clyro, Marianne Faithful and Bryan Ferry. Plus, he has become the cellist of choice for British rock bands, appearing on stage with both 3 Colours Red and Rico (to whose Violent Silences album he contributed).
In 2004,he has performed again with Siousxie on her Dreamshow performance, which featured a full orchestra and works from both her Siouxsie & the Bansheees as well as her The Creatures back catalogues.
In 2006 McCarrick (along with his violinist wife Kimberlee McCarrick) took part in Patti Smiths Meltdown festival at The Royal Festival Hall in London where they performed with Sinead O Connor, Marianne Faithful and Kristin Hersh.
In 2012, he was working—for the first time in almost 30 years—again with Marc Almond, for his performance of Almond's seminal Torment & Toreros album from 1983 - in its entirety, for the Meltdown 2012 festival. He was musical director for the string and choir sections and performed as well.
He and his wife, Kimberlee, now work together as The McCarricks.
- The Glove - Blue Sunshine (1983)
- Marc & the Mambas - Torment & Toreros
- Marc Almond - Vermin in Ermine (1984)
- This Mortal Coil - It'll End in Tears (1984)
- Bryan Ferry - Boys and Girls (1985)
- Marc Almond - Stories of Johnny (1985)
- Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal (1985)
- The Wolfgang Press - Standing Up Straight (1986)
- This Mortal Coil - Filigree & Shadow (1986)
- Marc Almond - Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters (1987)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees - Through the Looking Glass (1987)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peepshow (1988)
- This Mortal Coil - Blood (1991)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees - Superstition (1991)
- Heidi Berry - Love (1991)
- Lush - Split (1994)
- Kristin Hersh - Strings (1994)
- Therapy? - Troublegum (1994)
- Therapy? - Infernal Love (1995)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Rapture (1995)
- Throwing Muses - Limbo (1996)
- Skunk Anansie - Stoosh (1996)
- Therapy? - Semi-Detached (1998)
- Therapy? - Suicide Pact - You First (1999)
- Therapy? - So Much For the Ten Year Plan (2000)
- Therapy? - Shameless (2001)
- Therapy? - High Anxiety (2003)
- Oceansize - Effloresce (2003)
- Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss (2003)
- Rico - Violent Silences (2004)
- Siouxsie - Dreamshow (2005)
- Gary Numan - Jagged (2006)
- Kristin Hersh - Learn to Sing Like a Star (2007)
- Therapy? - Music Through A Cheap Transistor (2007)
- Official McCarrick homepage
- Official Therapy? homepage
- Therapy? Biography - Martin joining
- Martin's message regarding Therapy? departure