ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - Patrons at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal will have the pleasure on June 30 of hearing a local talent whose voice has taken him touring throughout Europe. Paul O’Brien is based in Bridgetown yet his voice has touched that hearts of listeners across the world.
Originally from the UK, O’Brien is known for emotionally charged performances. The Celtic feel of his music is nuanced and contemporary, reaching past confirmed Celtic enthusiasts to anyone within earshot, transfixing them with the raw feeling his songs carry. While staying true to the acoustic tradition, O’Brien infuses a freshness and relevance in his music that connects with the current while still honoring tradition.
Paul will be joined by a team of amazing Nova Scotian musicians welcoming him into the local music scene the best way they know how -- by playing right beside him. Jeff Hennessy will be accompanying on the piano, while Ken Shorley will be on percussion, Scott Henderson on pipes and flute, and Nicholas D’Amato on bass.
O’Brien will also have his official CD release at King’s Theatre on June 30, playing new songs from his CD in his set and celebrating the wonderful work he has done on this album produced by one of Nova Scotia’s favourite musicians JP Cormier.
Also on stage will be O’Brien’s own daughter Millie. She’ll be flying in from the West Coast to accompany her father on vocals. A full stage with a full ensemble, the intimate King’s Theatre will be filled to the rafters with warmth and cheer as musicians and patrons alike welcome Paul O’Brien to the community.
The album Years And Not Just Days features a mixture of new songs such as the title track as well as the delightful tunes Whatever I Say, Plenty Other Fish, Know Where You Stand, and previously recorded songs that Paul wanted to hear JP Cormier’s influence on.
O’Brien’s music is steeped in tradition, with all his stories coming from the heart but also from the real world. It is real folk music in the tradition of singer-songwriters like Dave Gunning. O’Brien seeks to keep storytelling alive with his music, setting to song real life situations and emotions to connect the stories with audiences that will never forget them.
Come to King’s Theatre on Saturday, June 30 to see music and community take over the stage and your hearts. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the box office at 902-532-7704 or online at kingstheatre.ca.
“A working class poet with a knack for straightforward language held aloft by a sweet gift of melody.”
- Boulevard Magazine
"Paul O’Brien is a modern day poet, a guardian of our history. He knows how to tell us, easily and gracefully stories that are serious, romantic, personal by turns; about love and nature and . . . well, life!”
- Marc Phillip, Magazine Audio
“The moment of listening has that feeling of being something special and rare. Paul has a perfect voice for his subjects, strong, warm and able to create a sense of intimacy with his listener. He calls us to action with songs that ring like anthems and makes us cry with reminders of social injustice.”
- Sheryl McKay, CBC Radio Two