Saturday 9th September at 9.00pm, venue: Rose's West End Bar, Lismore
Award-winning songwriter Patsy O'Brien's writing reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, as well as showing off his critically acclaimed songwriting skills. As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms on Irish/World Music diva Eileen Ivers' last European tour, and frequently treading the boards and collaborating with Piping legend Paddy Keenan, who also sprinkles some of his own magic onto a few tracks on Patsy's last album, Patsy has been busy gathering material for a new album , which should see the light of day early in the new year, we hope.
Along with his connection to Irish music, Patsy's interest in contemporary songwriting as well as his Jazz influences are also apparent on "WHAT YOU KNOW" his second solo Cd,- a 14 song testament to his abilities as songwriter, guitar player, singer and interpreter, the jazz influence being most evident in a blistering jazz/blues version of "Star of The County Down" with Paddy Keenan on low whistle, an arrangement of the old Irish ballad that inspired Irish music critic Paul Dromey to declare Patsy "Ireland's best - kept musical secret." , and has recently been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered". Web link http://www.patsyobrien.com
Saturdy September 23rd 2006 at 9.00pm
Former Nashville cat Jeff Finlin has been making his musical home in Colorado as of late, although he did return to Music City late last year to record his new album Epinonymous with Will Kimbrough, Pat Buchanan and Lij Shaw. The record’s been doing particularly well in the UK, where the press have been falling over each other to sing his praises, including a four-star review in Uncut. Last seen supporting Steve Earle, Finlin is an all-American original whose singing recalls John Hiatt, Dylan and even Dr John. But his songwriting has its own unique character and seems to become more honed and concentrated with every album.
The Sunday Times newspaper of August 27th featured an article on Jeff Finlin, you can read it online at http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14932-2324956.html.