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Seán Brady - News and gigs

A cracking St Patrick's weekend of gigs. Big thanks to all of the venues and especially to the people who came along.

This year all of my Paddy's weekend gigs were in and around the London area. They were all great but the afternoon gig on the big day itself, at The Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch High Street was nothing less than amazing.

Myself on guitar and vocals with Dicky on pipes and whistles and Nick on fiddle, had a whale of a time with a mainly young crowd of people out to party..... If only every day could be like Paddy's day.

My latest single 'The (NO) Hard Border Song' has been getting some nice mileage on Spotify and has had a fair bit of play on some local Irish radio stations, mainly along the border areas.

I've gone back to my old style kind of writing that I had a lot of success with back in the 1980's-1990's, writing about topical characters and events.

The Brexit thing and how it affects Ireland is quite a hot potato at the moment and my 'Ballad of Brexit' single has already ruffled a few feathers.

It's not a partisan song taking up with any major ideologies, but simply dedicated to all of the people on all sides of the Irish border among both communities, who would like to keep the border open and unhindered by any Brexit deal.

Uber appreciation to all of you who came along to Sandown park races recently at my gig there and said hello. It was a great gig with James on Banjo, Dicky on pipes and Adrian on the box.

I'll update you asap on further upcoming open gigs.

In 2017 I released a brand new Irish compilation album with 20 tracks, that includes several completely remastered re-releases as well as 3 new songs written by me.

It comprises mainly of the most requested songs from my gigs and a very popular re written and re-arranged traddy song 'The Hills of Sweet Mayo'.

The originals are 'All Changed Utterly', 'My First Love' and 'Sweet Adare'. The album is available on Itunes, Google music and Amazon, etc.

It's not available in CD format. Other Irish classics include; 'Skibbereen', 'Only Our Rivers Run Free' and a personal favourite of mine; 'My Last Farewell'.

 

The currently most streamed song of mine is 'The NO hard border song' followed by a revamped version of my popular song 'De Valera'.

This arrangement has a more celtic feel than the original and I've added uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhran and fiddle with backing vocals.

You can buy it from all usual outlets including Itunes, Google Play and Amazon.

 

You can also get my 'Jealous of the Angels' full album from all usual outlets Itunes, Google Play and Amazon

You can hear the title track on the youtube video below.

I'm bowled over at the amount of plays and downloads on this album so far and particularly so by the interest in the song from the USA, Canada, Sweden, NZ and Australia.

Hear the full album for free here on YouTube.

2019 news and various trivia. New album in the pipeline.

I'm working on a brand new album at the moment. I'm Very energised and enthused with it all and I think I'm in the midst of writing and recording some of my best songs for years.

I'm very chuffed, surprised and humbled at the amount of airplay I've been getting on the two albums and singles I released in 2017 and 2018, it's really rekindled my enthusiasm for getting back into the studio.

I'm hoping to have it out this autumn and will announce the release date in lots of time on here.

My single (released earlier in 2018) 'The Ballad of Brexit' has been played extensively across continental europe in Holland, Germany, France and Spain but hardly at all in the UK and Ireland.

A little dissapointing but greatly outweighed by the european success!

I took my Mum along to see Michael English recently at the Beck Theatre, he really was excellent and puts mega effort into his show, which is non stop and highly entertaining.

If you get a chance to catch one of his next UK tour appearances, I highly reccommend buying a ticket or two.

The Beck theatre was pretty much sold out and veteran entertainer Brendan Shine in support, strutted his stuff with the style and panache that befits his long standing in the Irish music scene.

My compilation album '20 Shades of Green' includes lots of  the most requested songs at my gigs including 'The Leaving of Liverpool', 'City of Chicago', I'll Tell Me Ma' and loads more.

As you know, I'm a Millwall fan and season ticket holder.

I try to get to as many away games as I can.

Our 2018/2019 season is a bit on the wobbly side and we're hopefully not going to overstay our welcome near the dreaded dropzone.

It's too early to start getting pessimistic but we certainly need to start getting some points, Bolton was a big blow but Birmingham was a real turnaround.

The lack of a consistent goal getter is obvious. Hopefully we can hang on in there and sort that all out in the close season.

I love the Championship and next season there could be some great additional derby games against Fulham and Charlton.

The reality is we are punching way above our weight as a club competing with clubs who spend vast sums on players and enjoy much bigger gates.

The FA cup victory against Everton was real 'Roy of the Rovers' stuff and the potential banana skin of the Wimbledon tie was dealt with in true Millwall style.

The quarter final against Brighton was on St Patrick's day and sadly clashed with my gigs that weekend. I recorded the game but just couldn't bring myself to watch it later.

We were almost at wembley against Man City but fate had other plans.

It was a heroic and sterling performance and now we can concentrate on the more important matter of survival in the Championship.