Paul Doran is an Irish singer-songwriter.
He is best known as the writer of 'Natives', made popular by Christy Moore and later sung by Paolo Nutini and for 'Poison Words' recorded by Mary Black and Mary Coughlan.
He began performing in Dublin in the 1970s. He worked as a session singer in the 1980s and became known as a songwriter when the band Moving Hearts performed two of his songs and he co-wrote ‘Make it Work’ with Christy Moore for the Self-Aid concert. He continued to write and perform but never released an album until now.
Sand is his first album and features nine original songs, including ‘Natives’ and ‘The Gardener’ (also recorded by Christy Moore) as well as Tim Hardin's 'The Lady Came from Baltimore'.
On the album Paul is joined by some of Ireland’s top musicians who between them have worked with Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Chuck Berry, Sinead O Connor, Ron Wood, Paul Brady, The Fleagh Cowboys and more:
Brian Harris - Guitars, James Delaney - Keyboards, Tony Molloy - Bass,
Kevin Malone - Drums, Bridget Heffernan - Backing Vocals
‘That Was My Heart’, one of two digital singles released from the album, was included in the RTE Radio 1 Recommends list.
‘Natives has touched listeners round the globe with its universal quality’ -Christy Moore
“Paul Doran’s brilliant ‘Poison Words’ will doubtless see The Holy Ground hovering at or around the top of the charts till year’s end” – Hot Press
‘I was dying to sing this song for years but I didn’t have the guts’ - Mary Coughlan