Join us at King’s Theatre for the launch of Paul O’Brien’s new CD, recorded in Nova Scotia and produced by JP Cormier.
Paul O’Brien is a UK-born singer-songwriter-instrumentalist based in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, who spends his winters touring Europe. He has a gift for going straight to the emotional heart of the story and taking his listeners with him. The music has a new Celtic feel, songs that are steeped in the acoustic tradition but retain a freshness and relevance, songs that will touch your heart, songs about real people and situations, songs you can remember.
Here’s a sneak preview of some tracks off his new CD!
“A working class poet with a knack for straightforward language held aloft by a sweet gift of melody.” – Boulevard Magazine
”Paul O’Brien is a modern day poet, a guardian of our history. He knows how to tell us, easily and gracefully stories that are serious, romantic, personal by turns; about love and nature and . . . well, life!” – Marc Phillip, Magazine Audio
“The moment of listening has that feeling of being something special and rare. Paul has a perfect voice for his subjects, strong, warm and able to create a sense of intimacy with his listener. He calls us to action with songs that ring like anthems and makes us cry with reminders of social injustice.” Sheryl McKay, CBC Radio Two
O’Brien wrote and recorded two CDs of original songs, both produced by the Grammy Award winning / Juno Award nominee Joby Baker: Sacred Lines (2006) and Plastic (2008). Both were met with overwhelmingly positive response; Plastic
was included in prominent Top Ten Albums of 2008 lists published by Penguin Eggs Folk Magazine, BBC Radio (Folk Roots), and CBC Radio.
Signed to Stockfisch Records, a prestigious German label, and has recorded several albums with Günter Pauler (well known in Europe and elsewhere for his work with The Fureys and Davey Arthur, Dick Gaughan, Delores Keane, Mike Silver, and others). “Walk Back Home” was released in 2009, followed by “Live at Stockfisch Studio” and “Long May You Sing” (both 2013), the latter of which featured acclaimed Canadian guitarist Don Ross with O’Brien.
Eager to learn more and experience more diversity, O’Brien relocated from the West Coast to the East Coast of Canada in the summer of 2017. He moved to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, a province with an incredibly rich tradition of music and musicians. O’Brien is already immersed in his new community and excited to explore music on Canada’s East Coast.
O’Brien is a songwriter with deep roots and broad horizons, and he is included in the long tradition of folk/ roots artists everywhere as a teacher of the guitar, mandolin and bodhran, the traditional Irish drum. Since the beginning of his career, his influences have been diverse – everything from new English folk to Reggae. He has developed an eclectic folk style that is broadly appealing and not easily categorized. His experiences as an immigrant, musician, and teacher; his natural instinct for humour and storytelling; and his empathy for the underdog have all combined to produce an insightful and entertaining artist. Paul O’Brien’s concerts are dynamic affairs, and his connection with the audience is palpable. No room is too large or too small for him. In the space of one song, he can take his audiences from foot stomping energy to the absolute stillness of choked-back tears.
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