Originally from Killarney in the South West of Ireland, singer-songwriter Brendan O’ Shea moved to the United States in the late 90′s. Since then, he was become a veteran of New York City’s songwriter scene and has released two albums which have garnered praise from critics and press around the world.
Irish music magazine HotPress rated his last release Be Here Still an 8 1/2 out of 10 and XM Radio’s Mike Morrone called it one of his “Favorite records of the year.”
Brendan’s songs can also be heard in such films as Ron Howard’s Academy Award nominated film Backdraft and the wildly successful Karen Gehres documentary Begging Naked.
In addition to headlining his own shows in both the United States and Europe, Brendan has embarked on two tours of Japan in collaboration with the Trinity Dance Troupe as well as sharing stages with his contemporaries The Frames, The Swell Season, Cowboy Junkies, 10,000 Maniacs, Elliott Smith, and Interpol to name but a few.
In 2007 Brendan became a founding member of Fairplay Collective, a unique endeavor in which songwriters have come together to support and promote each other’s individual projects as independent artists.
More recently, Brendan and friend Karl Geary (Sin-e) began hosting a successful Sunday night concert series in NYC’s East Village called the Scratcher Sessions which features musicians from around the world.
In the fall of 2010, Brendan released his third album, ‘Songs from a Tenement’. An album that focuses within all the songs the lyrics, melodies and simple chord structures. It’s an album about the voice and it’s distinctive sound.
2011 saw Brendan on the road a lot, traveling extensively in the USA and a fall tour of Europe with his brother Tim O’ Shea.