April Songwriters Session…BIRDBROTHER

The April ‘Songwriters Sessions’ @ The Wellington, Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham – Sun 28th April @ 4pm features as my ‘Special Guests’ BIRDBROTHER.

Formed in 2011in Sussex by Phil Stapley their celebrated debut album ‘Peace To The Wanderer’ was released in 2012. Phil relocated to Shropshire and teamed up with multi instrumentalist Paul Beadle and the duo have been slowly working their magic together ever since. They could easily be described as ‘folk driven pop music tapestry weavers’…or simply just call them WONDERFUL!

Tickets are on sale NOW to pre-order / purchase from myself and / or Paul Beadle – they’ll also be available from behind the downstairs bar of The Wellington from tomorrow evening. Another quality afternoons entertainment for you lucky people 👍💚😀🎶 #realmusic #realale #realpeople #realgood

Tower of Song with The Tom Martin Band

Sat 30th March: Tower of Song, 107 Pershore Road South, Birmingham, B30 3JX – Gary will be doing a support to The Tom Martin Band…£5 admission 8pm doors.

‘Widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists to come out of Ireland, but primarily a brilliant songwriter of longstanding cult status…easy to listen to, hard to define, with a melodic touch of Paul Simon and lyrical insight of John Prine, but with a sound and songwriting skill that is undeniably all his own.’ Belfast Telegraph.

Get along and show your appreciation for this guy…he’s been quality for years…LOCAL RADIO SHOULD DO A RESPECTFUL FEATURE ON THE GUY – HE’S EARNED IT!


Gary O’Dea (from the forthcoming album HOME) releases a free download single PATRICIA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LT2X9ajT4Q&t=133s

‘Dedicated to the memory of my wonderful Auntie Pat Smith (nee O’Dea), her mom and my lovely old Gran Essie O’Dea (nee O’Dwyer), my Grandad Paddy O’Dea (although he was a fucker) and also to all my Irish family relatives and friends across the whole of the island of Ireland…my love for the country and its culture wraps me up and keeps me warm. With the forthcoming St Pats weekend coming up it seems the perfect time to release this track.

DOWNLOAD the track for free from here https://garyodea-gojomusic.bandcamp.com/track/patricia (you can leave a donation for the cause if you like – it would be most appreciated, but the main thing is to get the track ‘out there’). Many thanks to Luke Skyscraper James for purchasing the first copy and the lovely comment – cheers Luke that’s launched it a treat mate 😊 X

Thanks to Rick Lambe for sterling production work on it and all round positive support on the new album project…and also my old mate Paul Butler ‘Brigo’ for laying down a cool sympathetic bass line. Full song credits below…enjoy X #onelove #StPats 💚🍀🇮🇪🎶

Words & Music: Gary O’Dea 2018

Gary O’Dea: Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Harmonica
Rick Lambe: String Arrangements / Uilleann Pipes arrangement / Percussion / Bodhran and Tambourine
Paul Butler ‘Brigo’: Bass Guitar

Produced by Gary O’Dea & Rick Lambe / Engineered by Rick Lambe. Recorded across various dates in 2018.

March Songwriters Sessions…plus gig at The Tower of Song with Tom Martin

Next up is the March Songwriters Sessions at The Wellington, Birmingham on Sun 24th March with my Speacial Guests – all the way from Liverpool, Marc Vormawah and David Nixon – see poster below.

This date is followed on swiftly by a gig with Gary supporting Tom Martins Celtic Soul band at The Tower of Song on Sat 30th March…details for both gigs can be found on the Live Dates page https://www.gojo-music.co.uk/live-dates/

Hope to see you at these…they’ll be cracking gigs 🙂 x

Lovely gig – thanks to all that came :-)

Thanks to everyone that came to yesterdays Songwriter Sessions at The Wellington in Birmingham…a lovely gig – my first with my old compardre Eric Cox for quite a while after his illness…he’s on the road to recovery slowly but surely and played a blinder yesterday. Big thanks too to my Special Guest – Tom Martin who was excellent – brilliant afternoon 🙂