Showing posts with label Paul Brady. Show all posts
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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Irish music star coming to Durham

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"A MUSICIAN whose songs have been covered by Tina Turner, Cher, Cliff Richard and Ronan Keating will perform in the North-East this weekend (Sunday, April 28).

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Brady will appear at the Gala Theatre, in Durham City, on Sunday.

Mr Brady is often described as a musician’s musician and is considered one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters.

His first album, Hard Station, was released in 1981.

The Durham show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £23.50. Discounted tickets, priced £15, can be booked by quoting ‘DANCER15’ when booking.

To book, go to the box office, call 03000-266-600 or visit"

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Cork Folk Festival

Liz Carroll Liz CarrollAfter 32 years of exciting and unique programming, the Cork Folk Festival which takes place from October 3rd–7th once again presents a packed international line–up for 2012. Headlining this year’s festival will be one of folk music’s finest troubadours, Paul Brady who last played the Cork Festival in 1985.

The festival also features ace accordionist, Máirtín Ó ‘Connor, USA fiddler, Liz Carroll, Declan O Rourke, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick (UK), Kan (UK), Guidewires (Ire/Brittany), Session Americana (USA), Pete Quinn & The London Lasses (Ire/UK), Kilfenora Céilí Band, The Outside Track (Canada), The Raw Bar Collective, and Serge Desaunay (France).William (Hammy) Hammond and Jim Walsh the organisers of the 33rd festival have put together a great programme; here is a survivor’s guide: The opening event in Shandon on Wednesday October 3rd features a song concert with Con Ó Drisceoil, Nell Ní Chróinín, and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, Seán Ó Sé & Máire Ní Chéilleachair.

Monday, 30 April 2012

How Paul Brady got cool again

Paul BradyCover of Paul BradyPaul Brady has been in music long enough to know it's never plain sailing but he remains impressively cheerful about the whole business.

The Tyrone-born singer-songwriter, will be 65 next month and his new compilation album reflects the range of his work as a writer and musician (he also plays guitar, piano and whistle).

Brady says: "I am seen as something of the elder statesman now. Looked at retrospectively, my career has had its ups and downs."

He adds, with a smile: "The Irish are the first to diss their own as someone who has gone out of fashion but, I'm happy to say, it seems I am cool again. Maybe it's age, a sort of 'Leonard Cohen effect'. The good thing for me is that I have always had an audience. I think it's hard for some young musicians to make headway nowadays, because a 'showbusiness' approach is seen as a bit of an anathema. It's not rocket science. You need to project yourself and the people who have spent money on seats deserve to be entertained. That doesn't have to mean selling out."

The main reason Brady has a loyal - and expanding - audience is the quality of his albums. The first one I heard, back in 1981, was Hard Station, which was a memorable piece of work. New then to Brady's solo work, I wasn't caught up in any debate about what a radical departure it was from the traditional 'folk' sound of 1978's Welcome Here Kind Stranger.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Music stars celebrate the Donegal landscape

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Top names in Irish music came to Donegal on Monday to take part in a concert supporting the ongoing protest against a proposed high-power line across miles of rural Donegal.
"Don't forget why we're here," said Moya Brennan, who hosted the concert in the Meenaleck pub that her father, Leo Brennan, started.
Monday night's SOS (Save Our Scenery) concert was held to support the ongoing campaign against plans to erect a high-power line. The concert, the first of what organisers said will be several, was organised by

Alternatives to Pylons (ATP), in conjunction with Coiste Timpeallachta Ghaoth Dobhair and Tábhairne Leo. Moya was joined on stage by Paul Brady, Glen Hansard, Mundy and other respected musicians.

ATP and Coiste Timpeallachta Ghaoth Dobhair oppose plans by the ESB and Eirgrid to erect a 110kv power line across 102 kilometres of the county. But supporters say the 40 million euro project will bring a secure power supply that will draw needed economic development, and say the plans have met strict planning criteria.

The musicians weren't having it.

"I wouldn't like to see Donegal with braces on," said Mundy, to cheers
from the audience.

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