Paddy Dennehy – Short Bio Spring 2023
As a child Paddy would rush to get a guitar or play the piano very loudly in the hopes that you
might hear it and request a song before you left. He was not imbued with a keen sense of
subtlety or restraint but he has been working on this over the years.
His first real sense of feeling a connection to music was listening to Mick Flannery perform
‘Evening Train’ on the ‘Late Late Show’. From here there is a clear trajectory of influences – Mick
Flannery led him to Tom Waits. Tom Waits led Paddy to Randy Newman who would lead on to
Nick Cave. Other influences would surface in later years but Flannery, Waits, Newman and
Cave have formed the bedrock of Paddy’s music.
When he started writing his second album, Paddy lived alone on his father’s small farm in
County Limerick. It was a long way from anywhere and afforded him plenty of time to think, write
and play with everything on full volume. It was both cathartic and challenging. His forthcoming
album is called ‘Love and Be Brave’, and that’s it. That’s the point of the album. Love bravely,
never passively and don’t take love as a given thing in this world. It must be earned and
If you make it to one of his shows be sure to come and say hi afterwards and tell him who you’re
listening to at the moment.
His second album will be released on the 25th of May 2023. The latest single ‘If I Can’t’ will be
released on the 9th of March.
“Little Light is a captivating, heart-wrenching showcase of how powerful folk music can be.” –
“This man is a rare talent.” – Rolling Stone France
“You really couldn’t wish for a more impressive debut album” – FortitudeMagazine.co.uk
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