Thursday, April 30, 2015

Perchance: Paul Brady and "Dreams Will Come"

The random tune for today is by Paul Brady, an Irish singer-songwriter from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland whose music straddles traditional Irish music and pop. He first became popular in the 60s in several Irish traditional groups such as The Johnstons and Planxty. He then formed an Irish traditional duo with Andy Irvine, and later performed in a group with Tommy Peoples and Matt Molloy. During these years he established himself as a preeminent interpreter of Irish music, and recorded definitive versions of classics such as Arthur McBride and The Lakes of Pontchartrain. In the late 70s, he decided to delve into rock and pop music. He released a number of albums in this genre and his work was covered by artists such as Santana and Dave Edmunds, and he was name-checked in the booklet of Bob Dylan's CD set Biograph. He has released 15 solo albums, has collaborated with artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Richard Thompson, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Ulster University for his contributions to traditional Irish music and songwriting. This song, Dreams Will Come, can be found on his 1991 album Trick or Treat.