Paula K O'Brien
Clonakilty , County Cork
From Clonakilty in West Cork comes a guitar and mandolin wielding folk/country artist, with the maturity to know that there is strength in vulnerability and power in gentleness.
Her debut album, Evangeline, is an alt country, folky gem whose songs have, in general, a narrative structure but whose lyrics paint pictures to match any of the great musical storytellers you care to mention.
Paula’s music holds her truth. As a mother and a nurse, she has written incredibly diverse songs ranging in topics from monsters under your child’s bed to fear of growing old. Her song about her Mother’s birth place Bere Island has made her a household name in West Cork and helped to garner the attention of Luka Bloom who asked her to record backing vocals on his newest album, Frugalisto. She was closen by IMRO to play at Templebar Tradfest ‘17 and has performed support for Jack L , Mama Kin and Nick Harper, all helping to hone her craft and grow as a performer.
She now plays her songs with her good friend and talented guitarist Archie and is a member of Wayward Folk and The Starling Song Project. She regularly plays music with guitarist Bill Shanley and the house band in Shanley’s Bar Clonakilty and also in the famous DeBarra’s Folk Club.