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hotpresslogogold.gifEdwin McFee, 25 Aug 2011 Hotpress Magazine

Shades of Stevie Nicks on the Latest Offering from this Irish Songstress'

Songwriter Siobhan O’Brien’s self-titled album sees the tunesmith incorporate elements of folk, blues, country and soft rock into her own musical brew. For the most part, the genre gymnastics work really well on this charming LP. Bolstered by an impressive, quivering,Stevie Nicks-esque croon, the record is at its best when the singer really lets those melodies soar.



 BOSTON GLOBE INTERVIEW   Siobhán O'Brien finds her own voice

By Linda Laban
Globe Correspondent / March 14, 2008

When Siobhán O'Brien heard that the Frames frontman Glen Hansard had won the Oscar last month for best song for "Falling Slowly," his duet with Markéta Irglová from the film "Once," she was so happy for him that she cried. Her father told her he had heard the company that makes the guitar Hansard favors had seen him playing his battered old instrument at the awards show and offered him a new one. "I was going, 'Don't take the guitar, don't take the guitar,' " O'Brien recalls from her home in Limerick. She got her wish. Her father said Hansard had declined."That's Glen. I knew he wouldn't take the guitar," says the 38-year-old Irish singer-songwriter. O'Brien seems to need her heroes unsullied and intact; she isn't into the "glitz and the glamour" of success: "I just love doing this," she says of making music. O'Brien met Hansard 15 years ago when they bonded over a mutual love of Bob Dylan. Around the time, Dylan had invited O'Brien, a plucky girl with a strong, delicately tremulous voice, to sing his song "The Fox" onstage in Dublin with him. That song is just one of many covers - from Harry Chapin's "Shooting Star" to Brian Wilson's "In My Room" - that O'Brien recently recorded for her self-released covers record, "Songs I Grew Up To."  Tonight at Symphony Hall, O'Brien will sing some of those cover songs when she appears as a guest of the Chieftains. The Chieftains uilleann pipes player Paddy Moloney was astonished when he heard O'Brien's voice on tape. "I was blown away. I thought she's brilliant, you know?

Quote by John O’Regan – Caught In The Act Magazine

During the recent ‘Salute Him When His Birthday Comes’ Dylan Birthday Concert at Dublin’s The Button Factory, organised by Fleadh Cowboys main man Pete Cummins, Siobhán performed a solo version of  ‘The Times They Are A Changin’ simply accompanied with her own guitar and harmonica, and received rapturous applause. The fact that she performed with guitar and harp accentuated the troubadour image associated with Bob Dylan. While the cast for the night included The Fleadh Cowboys, Henry Mc Cullough, Gay Woods, new Irish Blues wunderkind Gráinne Duffy, Liam O’Maonlaí, Mundy, etal, a veritable whose-who of Irish Talent, the singular figure of Siobhán O’Brien hit the Dublin audience harder than the rest and received a tumultuous welcome. This audacity is typical of Siobhán O’Brien – a woman so borne into her own self-sufficiency and belief that she has garnered a generation of admirers ranging from The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and back.

John O’Regan on ‘Siobhán O’Brien’ (the LP)


Artist: Siobhán O'Brien