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Jamie O'Brien</B><P>


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<U>bio</U><P>




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<H2 ALIGN="left"><FONT SIZE=2>Jamie's first paying gig was when he was 13 years old and sang in a rock band (the name of which has vanished in the mists of time).<P>


Since then he has played solo and in other bands, duos and trios.  He's played rock, folk, country, jazz, classical and more; music from Ireland, England, America, France, Italy, Germany ... whatever sounded good to him.<P>


His first instrument was piano (the less said about that, the better); he then moved on to guitar.  Over the years, he has also dabbled with mandolin, banjo, hammered dulcimer and other things with strings, as well as harmonica and whistle.<P><H2></FONT SIZE=2>

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<FONT SIZE=2>Here are some of the musical landmarks of Jamie's career over the years:<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>ca 1970-72</U> and <U>1974-75</U>: OGRON<P>

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<FONT SIZE=1>early incarnation of Ogron, left to right: Pete Morson, Ann White, Steve Roud, Jayne Eggert, Al Turk & Jamie</FONT SIZE=1></H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><P>

<FONT SIZE=2>an unaccompanied English folksong group based in London which grew out of a country rock band and, in its heyday, featured founders Steve Roud, Jayne Eggert and Jamie, along with John Shaw and Richard Faire and ended up with Jamie, John and Chris Eyres<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>ca 1972-76</U>: THE NEW BLACKTHORN BAND (a.k.a. Slough & the West)</H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><FONT SIZE=2><P>

a London-based English country dance band mostly with fiddler Chris Eyres and Jamie on guitar and piano - the band ended when Chris joined Ginger Beer Shindig and Jamie devoted more and more time to the Adelaides and various pop and rock projects (see below)<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>ca 1975-78</U>: THE ADELAIDE BAND</H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><FONT SIZE=2><P>

an English country dance band based in Andover, Hants, formed by Steve Roud on melodeon, Paul Marsh on melodeon, harmonica and percussion and Jamie on hammered dulcimer, harmonica and piano; various other musicians passed through (I believe the band continued after the original trio left, with three new members whose names slip my mind, playing fiddle, banjo and drums<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>1972-73</U>: JENNY FORD & JAMIE O'BRIEN<P>

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<FONT SIZE=1>Jamie, Graham Sheedy, Jenny<FONT SIZE=1></H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><P>

<FONT SIZE=2>a vocal/guitar duo performing pop and country originals and covers - Jenny went on to play in a number of different setups, eventually hitting the charts in England with High Society<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>1975-78</U>: THE DANDY & THE LION</H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><FONT SIZE=2><P>

a rock duo (originals and covers) in London featuring Ernest Hone (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jamie (vocals, guitar, mandolin)<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>1976-78</U>: THE LOWER BAND<P>

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<FONT SIZE=1>Jamie & Peter Cooper</FONT SIZE=1></H2 ALIGN="CENTER><H2 ALIGN="left"><P>

<FONT SIZE=2>an originals and covers pub rock band in London revolving around Peter Cooper (vocals, guitar), Ernest Hone (vocals, mainly keyboards) and Jamie (vocals, mainly drums and bass), also featuring guitar, bass and percussion depending on who else was in the band<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="CENTER"><FONT SIZE=2><U>1980-88</U>: THE RIGHT HAND BAND<P>

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<FONT SIZE=1>Matti Meng, Uli Altdorfer & Jamie</FONT SIZE=1></H2 ALIGN="CENTER><H2 ALIGN="LEFT><P>

<FONT SIZE=2>originally a traditional Irish band in Freiburg, Germany, though later also including music of central Europe, with Harald Schmidt (1980) on guitar, Matti Meng (1980-84) fiddle, Uli Altdorfer (1980-88) mandolin, crumhorn, whistle and guitar, Jamie (1980-88) guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, harmonica, Andreas Barth (1987-88) accordion and some other fella (1987-88) who tried to play fiddle and whose name I've forgotten<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="CENTER"><FONT SIZE=2><U>1990-present</U>: MEDICINAL PURPOSE<P>

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<FONT SIZE=1>from left: Henry Koretzky, Ryck Kaiser, Jamie, Carol Whitfield & Vinnie Hunter</FONT SIZE=1></H2 ALIGN="CENTER"><H2 ALIGN="LEFT"><P>

<FONT SIZE=2>an old timey, celtic and swing band in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, playing music for contradances and concerts with Ryck Kaiser (fiddle), Henry Koreztky (mandolin, hammered dulcimer), Carol Whitfield (clawhammer banjo, concertina) and Jamie (guitar) along with any one of a number of bass players including Bruce Campbell, BJ Driscoll and Vinnie Hunter.  The band plays today as a quintet or as a trio (Ryck, Henry and Jamie) - Ryck also performs with his trio (usually with Jill Smith on piano and either Henry or Jamie on guitar); Henry and Jamie also play as Unbowed, a vocal instrumental duo, and as Shades of Green & Blue, along with singer/guitarist/songwriter KJ Rymensyder-Wagner<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>1997-present</U>: LAUNE RANGERS</H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><FONT SIZE=2><P>

a Harrisburg-based Irish and celtic music band.  Jamie (vocals, guitar, cittern) usually plays with a fiddler and a percussionist and possibly another musician.  See the <A HREF="http://www.launies.com/page0023.html"><B>Launies</B></A> page for the history of the band and for more information on who's who today<P>

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<H2 ALIGN="center"><FONT SIZE=2><U>2005-present</U>: <A HREF="http://akirishtrad.net/Fanai.html"><B>FANAI</B></A></H2 ALIGN="center"><H2 ALIGN="left"><FONT SIZE=2><P>

"Fanai" is Irish for "traveler", an apt name for this band: <A HREF="http://www.akirishtrad.net/"><B>John Walsh</B></A> (banjo, mandolin, vocals) lives in Alaska, Jamie (guitar, vocals) in Arizona and <A HREF="http://www.danpossumato.com"><B>Dan Possumato</B></A> (button accordion, melodeon) was last heard of in Vancouver.  The band plays traditional Irish music<P>

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Jamie (vocals, guitar) often plays solo with accompaniment provided by John Winship (fiddle, concertina), Henry Koretzky (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Bruce Young (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and/or Ryck Kaiser.  When Chad Shambaugh (bodhran) and Jenny Brennan (vocals, guitar) of Nashville, TN, are available, don't be surprised to see them join Jamie on stage.  He also plays frequently with singer and guitarist Debbi Kauffmann (of Rootbound and Ladies in the Parlor), presenting Music in Shades of Green & Blue as they explore the music of Ireland and Appalachia<P>

Jamie also has a fine reputation as an accompanist and has played guitar with many musicians including:<P>

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John Brennan (fiddle, guitar)<P>

Jenny Brennan (vocals, guitar)<P>

Aoife Clancy (vocals, guitar)<P>

Jim Eagan (fiddle)<P>

Cara Kelly Frankowicz (fiddle)<P>

Eliot Grasso (pipes)<P>

Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle)<P>

Sean McComiskey (accordion)<P>

John McGillian (accordion)<P>

Kieran O'Hare (pipes, flute)<P>

Beverly Smith (vocals, fiddle, guitar)<P>

Mary Staunton (accordion)<P>


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Recordings featuring Jamie which are currently available include:<P>

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<U>Uncorked</U> - Medicinal Purpose<BR>

an album of contradance music (Jamie - guitar)<P>


<U>Launie Tunes</U> - Laune Rangers<BR>

an album of (mainly) Irish songs and tunes (Jamie - producer, vocals, guitar, cittern)<P>


<U>Ryck Kaiser</U> - Ryck Kaiser<BR>

Ryck's solo album of fiddle tunes (Jamie appears on various tracks playing guitar)<P>


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<U>My Wild Irish Boy</U> - a solo album by Jamie<BR>

Jamie is featured singing and playing guitar, cittern, harmonica, helped by a number of friends including Kristine Allen, Jenny Brennan, Bruce Campbell, Aoife Clancy, John Hayden, Ryck Kaiser, Henry Koretzky, Chad Shambaugh, Jill Smith, John Winship and Bruce Young and presenting songs and tunes from Ireland, England, Australia, France and Croatia (now available)<P>


<U>Many's the Mile, Love…<U> - a solo album by Jamie<BR>

Once again, Jamie performs 14 songs and tunes on vocals, guitar and harmonica and is joined by a number of friends, including fiddlers Rosie Shipley and Ryck Kaiser,Billy McComiskey on accordion, John Winship (concertina), Henry Koretzky (mandolin), Donna Long (harmonies and keyboards), Nancy McCallion (vocals) and Bruce Campbell (bass).  Together, they play on 14 tracks, including a bonus track, "Kou Makemake", which was featured on the Hawaiian Music Awards' 2011 Anthology of the Year.  (Now available)<P>


<U>Rootbound</U><BR>

Rootbound is Henry Koretzky (vocals, mandolin, guitar) and Debbi Kauffmann - a duo that takes traditional sounds of Appalachian music, bluegrass and early country and brings them into the present - a wonderful band.  This is their self-titled debut album which Jamie helped produce<P>


Find out how to get these albums by clicking the <A HREF="http://www.launies.com/ornaments.html"><B>Laune Ornaments</B></A> link<P><BR><BR>



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