Paul Brady - Pure Genius
This tempted me to get out Brady's solo album 'Welcome Here Kind Stranger' with its brilliant versions of 'Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore' and 'The Lakes Of Pontchartrain'. I don't think I'm alone in thinking him one of the best singers of Irish traditional song ever.
Many people, of course, know Paul Brady from his work as a songwriter; covers of his songs
have been recorded by Lucy Kaplansky, Mary Black, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Bonnie Raitt and Tina Turner amongst others. Paul wrote one of the greatest songs ever, about the troubles in Northern Ireland called 'The Island'. There is a fabulous version of the song on Dolores Keane's CD 'Lion In A Cage'. It is one of the great songs of all time.
He is in the middle of a massive tour of Ireland at the moment, but sadly I won't be able to catch up with him this time. He is, however, appearing at this year's Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival and I'm really looking forward to seeing him there.
Check out our Cambridge Folk Festival minisite for this year's line up and last year's highlights.