Paul Brady and Andy Irvine to play seminal Andy Irvine/Paul Brady.

The Barbican in London have announced a special performance in their Autumn schedules by Paul Brady and Andy Irvine of their groundbreaking album ‘Andy Irvine / Paul Brady’.  Released after the duo formed in the wake of the breakup of Planxty, the eponymous album – which also featured ex-Planxty band mate Donal Lunny – has long been regarded as a seminal work of folk, and specifically Irish folk, and is notable for, amongst other songs, Brady’s version of ‘Arthur McBride‘ which would be lifted lock, stock and barrel by Dylan on his album ‘Good As I Been To You‘.  The concert is in the main hall on the 15th of October. Continue reading “Paul Brady and Andy Irvine to play seminal Andy Irvine/Paul Brady.”

Paul Brady “Unfinished Business” (Proper, 2017)

With Bob Dylan having declared Paul Brady to be a “secret hero” of his, you know there’s got to be some serious pedigree from an artist in a career spanning a period of some 54 years now.

Unfinished Business,’ Brady’s 15th solo album, features nine new compositions and two traditional folk songs. After a hiatus of 7 years since the release of his last album ‘Hobart Dooba,’ the music on ‘Unfinished Business’ is as eclectic as many of his previous studio releases, moving from the jazzy influenced title track, with lovely shared harmony vocals – to more uptempo, humorous numbers such as ‘I Love You But You Love Him.’ The latter starts off like a paen to shared domestic bliss with Paul Brady singing the merits of his and his respective partner’s differing interests with clever wordplay – until the payoff chorus kicks in with, “I love you, but you love him.” Continue reading “Paul Brady “Unfinished Business” (Proper, 2017)”