Jamie O'Brien

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Jamie O'Brien has traveled far and wide:

from his London-Irish beginnings...
to his travels in Europe...
to two decades in Pennsylvania...
and the last 10 years in the sunny South West...
not forgetting visits two or three times a year to Hawaii

Listen to Jamie O'Brien (vocals, guitar) with Henry Koretzky (mandolin, harmony)

Molly Durkin

Lady of Autumn

Love and Freedom

and watch us play "The Homes of Donegal" at the Emmaus Road Cafe in Lancaster, PA

Drawing on his experiences, he presents an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original songs - a little of the Old World, mixed with a touch of the New, along with a healthy dose of the tropical.

He sings and plays guitar and ukulele and has played with the best from many different genres. He first established himself in the US as a member of the legendary contradance/old timey band, Medicinal Purpose, playing throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and further west; and as an in-demand accompanist, working with 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 soon after resumed his solo career, performing a mix of Americana and Irish songs.

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. They were joined on occasion by other performers, including Daniel Ho, Keoki Kahumoku, Job Cabato and others.

His collaborations with producer/multi-instrumentalist/singer, Dennis Soares of the Big Island of Hawaii, have resulted in winning Hawaiian Music Awards and Big Island Music Awards as well as being a finalist for the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohanos. Jamie's album, "Chasing Ghosts", won the Hawaii Media Arts' BIMA award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year (2013).

Jamie has released three solo albums:
"My Wild Irish Boy" - traditional, contemporary and original songs and tunes from his family, Ireland, France and Croatia,featuring Henry Koretzky, Aoife Clancy, Ryck Kaiser, Bruce Campbell and others.
"Many's The Mile, Love..." - traditional, contemporary and original songs and tunes from his family, Ireland, Australia and Scotland, featuring Henry Koretzky, Ryck Kaiser, Bruce Campbell, Billy McComiskey, Myron Bretholz, Donna Long and others
"Chasing Ghosts" - all original songs written or co-written by Jamie, featuring Henry Koretzky, Ryck Kaiser, Bruce Campbell, Dede Wyland, Jon Villa and others

Returning to the East Coast each summer, Jamie is usually accompanied by Henry Koretzky (mandolin, mandocello, guitar, vocals), a successful solo performer in his own right. They have appeared at numerous venues large and small, ranging from coffeehouses to house concerts to festivals: Cornerstone Coffeehouse (Camp Hill), Emmaus Road Coffeehouse (Lancaster), Lititz Library, Chambersburg Memorial Park, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts ... the list goes on. But wherever they appear, they present a distinctive sound, combined with off-beat humor.

Call Jamie at (717) 802-5783 for more information and bookings.
You can reach him by email at jamieobrienmusic@gmail.com