Paul Brady

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


19 May 1947, Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. A member of an R&B group, the Kult, while a student in Dublin, Brady later embraced folk music with the Johnstons. Renowned as a commercial attraction, the unit enjoyed a minor success with a cover version of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’. Brady subsequently joined Planxty, a much-respected traditional unit, where the multi-instrumentalist forged an empathy with fellow member Andy Irvine. The 1976 recording Andy Irvine/Paul Brady prefaced Brady’s solo career which began with the much-lauded traditional album Welcome Here Kind Stranger in 1978. The singer abandoned folk in 1981 with Hard Station, which included the Irish chart-topping single, ‘Crazy Dreams’. The song was then covered by Roger Chapman and Dave Edmunds while a further inclusion, ‘Night Hunting Time’, was later recorded by Santana. 1983’s True For You followed a prolific period where Brady toured...

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