August 1, 2021

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The Best of Paul Brady

The Welcomat, date unknown

On Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady’s forthcoming “Best of” collection, Songs and Crazy Dreams (Fontana/Mercury) you can get a much better idea of what musicians like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton (to name just a few) have been raving about.  A strong intense singer with strong intense, startlingly personal songs.  There are several standouts such as “The Island” and “Crazy Dreams,” but my favorite is the traditional “The Homes of Donegal,” which shares a melody with other traditional songs “Tramps and Hawkers,” “The Ballad of Peter Amberly” and “The Lakes of Ponchetrain” which Dylan has been singing in concert the past few years.  He’s used the melody at least twice for “I Pity the Poor Immigrant” and “the Ballad of Donald White.”  Tonight Brady performs acoustic which is probably the best way to see him.

Paul Brady: Wed., Oct. 14 at the Folklife Center at International House.