From the stage of The Egg’s intimate Swyer Theater, songstress Maura O’Connell explained in an almost apologetic tone to the audience that if this double bill with the great Irish troubadour Paul Brady were happening anywhere in Ireland, Europe or the rest of the world, he would have been the headliner. But because this is America, and she is better known here, she assumed the role this time around.
Regardless who went on first or who was the headliner, both these masters of song are stars within the Irish and contemporary music worlds. Both have roots firmly planted in the Irish music tradition, and both have branched out through the years to embrace a wide-range of contemporary styles including folk, country, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.
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