It’s been seven years since his last studio album, but the itch has finally struck again and Paul Brady will release a new album – Unfinished Business – on September 8th via Proper Records. It’ll be Brady’s 15th solo album, following up on 2010’s acclaimed Hooba Dooba. There are nine new compositions and two traditional folk songs on Unfinished Business which reflects the eclecticism of Paul’s long and varied musical journey. Unfinished Business was recorded at Paul’s studio in Dublin, with Paul engineering the record and playing most of the instruments himself.
Of the nine new songs, Paul wrote three with Paul Muldoon, five with Sharon Vaughn and one with Ralph Murphy. The two traditional songs are: Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender, which Paul has sung ever since he heard Mike Seeger’s version back in the 60s, and The Cocks Are Crowing, which he learned from the singing of the late Eddie Butcher from Magilligan in County Derry.
Paul Brady has distinguished himself in a range of musical styles starting as a teenager at college in the mid ‘60s in a series of classic Dublin rock/soul bands. The world-wide folk boom would see him joining The Johnstons for seven albums. And then came the legendary Planxty – followed by the, if anything, even more legendary Andy Irvine and Paul Brady one of the finest folk albums ever. A move into singer-songwriter territory also saw Paul Brady picking up some rock and blues chops – notably on Hard Station.
After Unfinished Business has been released Paul Brady will play a one-off show at London’s Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 26th September.
Whilst we’re waiting – here’s an old one :