In Conversation with Paul Brady

Iarla Ó Lionáird meets fellow singer Paul Brady to explore his life's journey in song, singing and songwriting


Brady charts over 50 years in performance from his roots in Strabane and Donegal, to the early days with bands like ‘The Johnstons’ and ‘Planxty’ to later writing hit songs like ‘Steel Claw’ and ‘Beautiful World’

He shares the joy of singing and the story behind crafting songs like ‘Nothing But The Same Old Story’ and ‘Hard Station’ as well as his approach to shaping definitive versions of traditional songs like ‘Arthur McBride’ andThe Lakes of Pontchartrain’.

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Vocal Chords is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

The producer is Helen Shaw, The audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh. The digital editor is John Howard.

Photo image by Helen Shaw – all rights in Vocal Chords, recordings and images, rests with Athena Media Ltd.