celtic duo


Paul and Calvin met in 2005 on Vancouver Island. Canada’s rugged west coast provides the natural beauty, space and inspiration for their collaborative music making.

This high energy duo perform celtic based instrumental music and Paul’s original songs on a range of instruments including fiddle, concertina, Irish bouzuki, guitar, bodhran and musical saw.

Paul O’Brien is a singer songwriter and instrumentalist who has recently immigrated to Canada.

Paul’s driving and creative rhythmic performance of celtic instrumental music can be traced back to his grandma, who was the first woman to perform on the drum kit touring Ireland in the 1940’s. Paul’s mother is a fiddler and his dad plays the guitar, so the love of music making has been an ever present force in his family life.

Paul writes and performs his songs with a powerful and intense delivery.

Paul’s songs encompass issues that affect his day to life and the lives of his children. These are songs from the heart. He writes songs that seem to come out of the blue, or the mists of the past. These are the songs of mystery and wonder. His songs have been written whilst an eagle looked down from a tree, or simply looking out into the Pacific. Paul's ever expanding repertoire includes the telling of stories about colourful local characters and west coast lore...... the songs of who we are and where we find ourselves.

upcoming performances

december 24 Irish Times Pub, Victoria
january 22, 23 24 Irish Times Pub, Victoria

past performances

Ongoing at the Irish Times
August 2006 The Pondside , Victoria
September 2006 Victoria Folk Club
November 18 Mayne Island folk club


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