Jamie O'Brien


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Drawing on his experiences, Jamie O'Brien presents an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original songs: a little of the Old World, a little of the New and a touch of the tropical.

He sings and plays guitar and ukulele and has worked with the best from many different genres. He first established himself in the US as a member of the contradance/old timey band, Medicinal Purpose, playing throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and further west; and as an in-demand accompanist of Irish music, he partnered such musicians as singer Aoife Clancy, fiddler Jim Eagan, accordion player Dan Possumato and piper Kieran O'Hare among many others. In 1997, he formed the Launies, an acoustic Celtic band that still appears regularly, and as a solo artist, presents a mix of Americana and Celtic songs.

Jamie performs in concert, at festivals, house and dinner concerts and luaus, throughout the US and Canada, from his home in the South West to the Atlantic States, up and down the West Coast, over one ocean to Hawaii and another back to Europe. Solo, with accompaniment or in a group setting, he draws together all his influences, creating a delightful fusion of traditional and contemporary music featuring his "delicate, simple tenor voice" and "formidable talents on acoustic guitar" [Kira Schlechter, Harrisburg Patriot-News].

From festivals as large as the North Texas Irish Festival (Dallas) and the Philadelphia Irish Festival to coffeeshops and folk clubs on Kauai or in Freiburg, Germany, he presents a distinctive sound, eclectic repertoire and off-beat humor.

In 2000, he made his first trip to Hawaii and fell in love with the music he heard there. He met multi-Grammy winning musician George Kahumoku Jr. who took Jamie under his wing, introducing him to slack key guitar and ukulele. Combining their traditions, they toured the Islands and the Mainland under the banner: Celtic Aloha - Oceans Apart, Islands Together.

He has released four solo albums, including "Chasing Ghosts", a collection of original songs that won the Big Island Music Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

Music samples:

Blue Eyes (Jamie O'Brien) Jamie (vocals, guitar)

"Hey There, Jaime" (Jamie O'Brien) - Jamie (vocals, guitar), Aoife Clancy (vocals), Gary Mackender (Hammond organ, drums), Karl Hoffman (bass)

"Lady of Autumn" (with Henry Koretzky - YouTube)

"Go And Leave" (with Henry Koretzky - YouTube)

"Homes of Donegal" (with Henry Koretzky - YouTube)


Photos 1, 2, 4 & 5 credit: Robert Block (Tucson, AZ)
Photos 3 & 6 credit: K. Kalikina (Bad Reichenhall, Germany)

Partial discography:

My Wild Irish Boy (traditional and contemporary celtic songs and tunes)
musicians include: Aoife Clancy (Cherish the Ladies) and Jenny Brennan (vocals), Henry Koretzky (vocals, mandolin - Cornerstone), Kristine Allen, Bruce Young and Ryck Kaiser (fiddles)

"Many's The Mile, Love..." (traditional and contemporary celtic songs and tunes)
musicians include: Rosie Shipley (fiddle) and Donna Long (keyboards/vocals) of Cherish the Ladies, Billy McComiskey (accordion), Myron Bretholz (bodhran), Nancy McCallion (vocals - the Mollys)

"Chasing Ghosts" (original songs written or co-written by Jamie O'Brien)
musicians include: Jenny Ford (vocals - High Society), Gary Mackender (accordion, organ - Carnivaleros), Dede Wyland (vocals - Tony Trishka's Skyline), Jon Villa (trumpet - Calexico, the Jons)

"Celtic Shades" (traditional and contemporary celtic songs and tunes)
musicians include: Lisa Otey (keyboards), Dan Possumato (accordion), Sharon Goldwasser (fiddle), Henry Koretzky, Bruce Young, Kristine Allen

Past Venues Include:

The Abbey (Chicago, IL)
Aloha Theater (Captain Cook, HI)
Berger Performing Arts Center (Tucson, AZ)
El Conquistador Hilton (Oro Valley, AZ)
Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA)
Galway Bay Irish festival (Ocean Shores, WA)
The Lodge at Koele (Lanai, HI)
MacLain Celtic Festival (Carlisle, PA)
Mukilteo Concerts (Whidbey Island, WA)
Neutral Ground (New Orleans, LA)
North Texas Irish Festival (Dallas, TX)
Philadelphia Irish Festival
Pittsburgh Celtic Festival
Tucson Folk Festival
Yachats Irish Festival (Yachats, OR)

Contact information:

For more information, bookings and sample of recordings, contact Jamie:

website: www.launies.com

email: jobrien@launies.com

snail mail: PO Box 741, Cortaro, AZ 85652

phone: (717) 802-5783