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

 

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Description

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

‘ … Paul Brady finally puts pen to paper to tell his life story – and it’s every bit the page turner we hoped it would be.’ – Edwin McFee, Hot Press

‘Fans of Paul Brady and his music will love Crazy Dreams, while those who may not be as familiar with the music scene, will enjoy the story as they find themselves humming the songs like ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’ and ‘The Island’, which have become synonymous with the man.’ – Diarmuid O’Donovan, The Irish Examiner

‘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

‘With grace and downbeat flair, this book traces a unique artistic achievement and a long, strange, wonderful trip . . .  It will be treasured by his legions of fans all over the world.’ – Joseph O’Connor, The Irish Times