Crazy Dreams

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Crazy Dreams is the compelling and highly anticipated autobiography from Paul Brady, a musician whose remarkable career has spanned six decades and who is indisputably one of Ireland’s greatest living songwriters.

Paul Brady

Hardback

September 2022

 

ISBN:9781785374296
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Crazy Dreams is the compelling and highly anticipated autobiography from Paul Brady, a musician whose remarkable career has spanned six decades and who is indisputably one of Ireland’s greatest living songwriters.

This evocative memoir chronicles Paul’s many years at the forefront of the Irish folk scene, from The Johnstons and Planxty through to his seminal work with Andy Irvine and onwards to his own vaunted solo career.  Along the way are the many encounters and collaborations with such musical luminaries as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Carole King, Tina Turner, Mark Knopfler and Bonnie Raitt to name but a glittering few.

From such celebrated tracks as ‘The Island’, ‘Nobody Knows’ and ‘The World is What You Make It’ to his interpretations of traditional folk songs like ‘Arthur McBride’ and ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’, Paul has carved out his own unique place in Irish musical history. In Crazy Dreams he tells how it was done and regales the reader with remarkable stories of life on the road and the journey from small-town Tyrone to the world’s stage.

About the Author
Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists. Born in Belfast and raised in Strabane, close to the border with the Irish Republic, he was interested in a wide variety of music from an early age. Brady joined the Irish ballad group, The Johnstons, with whom he recorded seven albums. He is renowned as one of Ireland’s best interpreters of traditional songs. Paul Brady continues to push out the boundaries not only of his own talent but of Irish contemporary music in the new millennium.

PART ONE

  1. Strabane 1950
  2. Early Schooldays
  3. Mother’s and Father’s People
  4. Beginnings of Music
  5. Where is Irish Music Hiding?
  6. Here Comes Summer
  7. St Columb’s College
  8. Music in My Teens
  9. Dublin/UCD 1964
  10. Chink of Light
  11. The Folk Scene
  12. The Johnstons
  13. The Move to London
  14. Both Sides Now
  15. Running on the Spot
  16. So now, America
  17. Meeting Mary Elliott
  18. Busted Loose
  19. Planxty
  20. Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
  21. Beginnings of Metamorphosis

PART TWO

  1. Getting Real
  2. 1979
  3. Now or Never
  4. True for You/Ridge Farm, Jan/Feb 1982
  5. Rory Gallagher and Phil Lynott
  6. Pride and Progress
  7. Touring with Dire Straits
  8. Tina Turner
  9. Meeting Bob Dylan
  10. Back to the Centre& ‘The Homes Of Donegal’
  11. The Island
  12. Primitive Dance
  13. RDS 1987
  14. Trick Or Treat
  15. Songs and Crazy Dreams
  16. Spirits Colliding
  17. The Castle
  18. Not-making-an-album
  19. Oh What A World
  20. The Paul Brady Songbook at Vicar Street, October 2001
  21. RTÉ Series
  22. Acceptance
  23. Hooba Dooba
  24. Big Changes
  25. Reprieve
  26. Looking back and Looking Forward

‘I would read/listen to anything that Paul Brady has to say. A voice of our times.’
Harry Belafonte

‘A troubadour, an honest man, fearless and true, an inspiration to anyone who would like to be a storyteller… And all that’s without trying to describe the way he sings and plays, that’s beyond me…’
Eric Clapton

‘Paul Brady is strong stuff ….more real and more honest than most people would even try for ….a genuine voice speaking from the heart but with a brain  still attached …I love his work and always have.’
David Crosby

‘This is the story of a youngster in love with the music he heard on the radio in Ireland, teaching himself piano and guitar before finding his own voice and becoming a leading international singer-songwriter.’
Mark Knopfler

‘Like so many of his songs and his presentation of them, Crazy Dreams is a work of art at once driving and delicate, gritty and graceful.’
Paul Muldoon

‘Few can write, sing and play with more gorgeous melody, virtuosity and soulful lyrics than Paul Brady. He’s written some of the most powerful and beloved songs I sing and will always be one of my favorite artists.’
Bonnie Raitt

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336pp

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