Jim Brady is a New England-based singer & guitarist in the folk ballad tradition of Ireland and Scotland. He performs an extensive mix of crowd-pleasing Irish and Scottish drinking songs, rousing sing-a-longs, and rebel ballads culled from centuries of folk song tradition.
Known for his powerful, honest vocals, dynamic guitar playing, and dedication to the roots of folk music, Jim has honed his craft over many years performing throughout Boston and New England. Immersing himself completely in the folk ballad tradition, Jim lived in Belfast, Ireland where he researched, collected, and performed songs from some of the best ballad singers in Ireland, particularly Belfast’s Terry “Cruncher” O’Neill, an enormous influence on Jim.
Jim is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music and has a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from the Queen’s University, Belfast where his research focused on Irish traditional music performance styles and the history of Irish folk song. He also studied the Irish language and played in a Belfast bagpipe band.
He is presently finishing his debut E.P. of Irish and Scottish folk songs, having released his first two singles “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”, and "Whiskey On a Sunday". Mixing acoustic guitars and tin whistle with electric guitars and percussion, “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” is a dynamic interpretation of the traditional folk ballad, a tale of heartbreak and vengeance set during the 1798 United Irishmen uprising in Wexford. "Whiskey On a Sunday" is Jim's interpretation of the classic song, with new lyrics and original arrangement. Jim perfomed all instruments and produced the two studio singles as well.