Originally from Dublin, I am now based in Manchester, I am a singer songwriter, a solo artist playing regularly across the North West as well as around the UK and Europe.
My performances feature a rich, resonant, acoustic guitar sound complemented by harmonica, slide guitar and lap steel generating the melodic and often melancholic tones that characterise my music.
My shows feature original songs along with performances of Classic Americana, Folk and Acoustic Blues. Influences include Tom Petty, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, The Band, Gillian Welch, Buffy St Marie, and Nina Simone, along with classic blues artists such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Muddy waters.
I have released two albums of original songs; “The Man From The Moon’ July 2017 and “One Day… “ August 2017. A third album of social commentary and protest songs, “Speaking Out” is due for release in November 2017.
Vincent O Brien- Vincent has played several gigs for the Papillon Promotions team over the last 2/ 3 years at various venues across Manchester: often as a solo artist and occasionally with a full backing band.He has always been very easy to deal with in the run up to an event and has kept to all arrangements. As a multi-instrumentalist and scholar of various musical genres, Vincent has the capacity and luxury of being able to deliver a unique and different styled performance according to the wont and whim of any given audience and venue. Vincent's shows are characterised by a willingness to entertain and to engage an audience. He is equally comfortable belting out 'The Blues' to a toe tapping packed house, as he is in presenting his more poetical, story-telling type songs to a quieter environment. Its never the same performance and never the same set-list, which ensures every show always holds a certain level of intrigue to the listener. Incorporating elements of Blues, Jazz, Rock,Traditional, and Modern Folk into his repertoire of original music, as well as being able to breathe new life into better known cover versions, always makes for a great live experience, whether you are seeing him for the first time or the tenth.
Vincent is a good friend but even so, highly professional and always polished. He takes his music seriously and so he should. We were thrilled to have him play at The Spinning Top Sessions this summer. Vincent is the sort of artist who quietens a room by merely beginning his performance. No introduction is needed. A well respected musician on the Manchester scene and beyond, he takes us back to his Irish roots and then way over the pond to the US with his timeless folk originals and authentic reworks of classics. A favourite with everyone. Thanks Vincent!
I have worked with Vincent 3 times during 2017, twice when he performed for me at 2 different venues where I run Blues & Roots nights, and once where we shared the bill at another venue's event. He is a delight to work with, arriving in plenty of time, setting up quickly and professionally, unflustered but efficient in his approach. He is a very talented musician, songwriter and performer...a great blues player, but he can encompass many other styles with equal ease and to a high level of skill. He has a warm and engaging stage presence, and makes friends with audiences easily. I have no hesitation giving him 10 stars, and would definitely book him again.
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Vincent O'Brien is a solo artist from Manchester. Vincent O'Brien plays Americana, Folk & Blues music. Vincent O'Brien has had 3 verified bookings through Gigstarter since signing up on 03/10/2017.
The music of Vincent O'Brien is influenced by famous acts such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Louden Wainwright, Tom Petty, Ron Sexsmith. The repetoire of Vincent O'Brien consists of covers and own songs.
The performances of Vincent O'Brien are well received. The average rating is 5.0 out of 5 stars, based on 3 reviews by prior bookers.
Vincent O'Brien has a price indication of £150 - £600 for gigs. Keep in mind that things like sound equipment, travelling distance and play time typically influence the definitive price. Don't hesitate to contact the artist!