From their website:
Jamie O’Brien was exposed to traditional Irish and music hall songs
by his London-Irish family as he grew up in the Brixton area of South
London. Youth was a rich time for him as he experienced the rock
music he heard in London clubs, such as the Marquee, the Pink
Flamingo and the Crawdaddy. But along with friends, he discovered
the world of traditional English folk song and dance. A decade in
Europe made its mark, as he added German and French songs to
his repertoire; living in the US, he discovered Americana; and
frequent visits to Hawaii saw him introduce a tropical element to his
Over time, these different genres have somehow come together into
his distinctive style of playing: Jamie O’Brien, the Tropical Celt – a
contemporary approach with a traditional slant! Add to that his
offbeat sense of humor and multilingual talents!
Jamie sings and plays guitar and ukulele and can be found
performing solo, with accompaniment or with his band, the Launies.
He tours frequently with traditional Irish button accordion/melodeon
player, Dan Possumato, with singer/multi-instrumentalist, Henry
Koretzky (Americana) and with George Kahumoku Jr. (Hawaiian slack key guitar, vocals). Jamie can be
seen live in the South West, the Mid-Atlantic States, Hawaii, Canada, Europe.
He has released four solo albums to date:
- My Wild Irish Boy (2004)
- Many’s The Mile, Love (2007)
- Celtic Shades (2016)
- Chasing Ghosts (2012)
The first three are celtic albums, featuring songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Europe,
while Chasing Ghosts is a collection of originals, written or co-written by Jamie. It also won a BIMA
(Hawaii Media Arts) award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year; Celtic Shades won a BIMA for
World Music Album of the Year.
Jamie has appeared and/or recorded with such musicians as singer Aoife Clancy, fiddlers Jim Eagan and
Rosie Shipley, Kieran O’Hare and Eliot Grasso (uilleann pipers) and pianist Donna Long from the world of
Irish music; multi-Grammy winner George Kahumoku and Jamie have formed a partnership, Celtic Aloha,
exploring the music of Hawaii and Ireland; and he has recorded with award-winning singers Dede Wyland
and Nancy McCallion.
He continues to perform regularly in his adopted hometown of Tucson and throughout Arizona. He plays
in concert or at festivals on the East Coast every summer and Hawaii and Europe each year. He also
frequently performs on the West Coast as well as in Canada.