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

‘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 (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

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 🙂

Febuary Songwriters Session…Special Guest Tom Martin

Febuary Songwriters Session @ The Wellington – Birmingham, Sun 24th Feb @ 4pm…Special Guest – Tom Martin. Tickets on sale NOW – purchase direct from the downstairs bar of the pub or pre-order / purchase from me or Tom Martin

“Tom Martin…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 a John Prine, but with a sound and a songwriting skill that is undeniably his own” Belfast Telegraph

Irish singer songwriter Tom Martin has carved out a musical niche perhaps best described as “Celtic Fusion” in that he seems to effortlessly infuse whatever genre he tackles with the elusive but unmistakable muse that is found only among the musicians, mystics and poets of Ireland. A consummate performer who has honed his craft for more than forty years, in venues ranging from bars to concert halls and festival stages, Tom’s songwriting and musical arrangements have been compared to Paul Simon, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Ry Cooder. He counts all of these luminaries among his musical influences, along with the Rolling Stones, Bert Jansch, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Doc Watson, and the traditional music of his native Ireland. But the songs, the style and the delivery are very much his own.

Tom performs both solo and with The Tom Martin Band. He has many CDs to his credit, the newest being “Celtic Soul” – a tribute to his traditional Irish Roots.Tom is the founder and proprietor of the Tower of Song Cafe Bar, a dedicated venue for quality acoustic music located in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

Thanks Ian :-)

Great set from Ian Passey / The Humdrum Express at yesterdays Songwriter Session at The Wellington – Birmingham…first one of the year…another great VFM / quality gig for your pleasure…thanks to those that journeyed along 🙂

Ian Passey / The Humdrum Express
Gary O’Dea

First ‘Songwriter’s Session’ of 2019…and its a cracker!

My first Special Guest at the Songwriter Sessions of 2019 is Ian Passey …from Kidderminster based band The Humdrum Express. Ian is LIVE on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music Show on Weds 30 Jan…and LIVE as my Special Guest at The Songwriter Sessions at The Wellington on Sun 27 Jan…tickets on sale only £5…we don’t call them the best value for money gig in town for nothing 🙂 …form an orderely queue there’s a limited number of tickets available. You can purchase them direct from the downstairs bar of The Wellington or you can order / purchase them from me or Ian.