BIRMINGHAM born singer-songwriter Paul O’Brien is back in the UK and Ireland this month for his first tour since emigrating to Canada four years ago.
The 24-date tour takes him from London to Stirling and from Dublin to Kilkenny, stopping by his home town of Birmingham not once but twice.
He will be bringing new material to old and new listeners, with personal and traditional stories to tell, full of Irish heritage, west coast influence and folk-acoustic roots.
Paul O’Brien left England in 2004 with his family and successful musical career in tow to make a new home in Canada.
In those five years Paul has written and recorded two highly acclaimed albums, Sacred Lines and Plastic, and finds himself returning to the UK with a whole new body of material, much of which has been inspired by the surroundings and history of his new home as well as songs about immigration, family and friends.
Both albums have enjoyed great success in Canada, prompting press interest, national radio airplay and festival appearances a-plenty.
Paul is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist with a gift for going straight to the emotional heart of the story, and taking his listeners with him.
On his recordings, he puts his Celtic-inflected acoustic folk sound through a modern pop/rock filter; guitars, whistles and Irish pipes mingle with drums, electric bass and Hammond organ.
Paul has been playing music since the age of 14. Born in Birmingham to Irish parents he grew up in a family of musicians.
It has not taken him long to establish himself in Victoria, British Columbia, where he has played alongside some of the finest musicians in Canada.
Joining Paul on this tour is fiddle player Kalissa Hernandez.
n?Paul O’Brien plays The Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath, Birmingham on February 21 and Behan’s Bar in Highfield Road, Hall Green, on February 28.