Paul Brady to receive Legend Award and perform at the Ulster Hall

Paul Brady Legend Award 2023
Paul Brady
The Oh Yeah Music Centre is thrilled to announce that this year’s Legend Award recipient is Paul Brady. The presentation will be made at the Northern Ireland Music Prize on Wednesday 15th November at the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
Following the presentation, Paul will take to the stage for a special guest performance. The NI Music Prize is an annual awards night celebrating the best of Northern Irish music and will include sets from shortlisted acts including Album, Single and Live, as well as from last year’s BBC ATL New Artist winners The Florentinas. The evening will conclude with a very special Legend presentation to and performance from Paul Brady.
Paul Brady is one of Ireland’s best-known artists with a career that spans over 50 years. Born in Belfast, raised in Strabane, Paul, a singer- songwriter, musician and producer started out in bands while at college in Dublin, absorbing musical influences from Jazz, Blues, Pop, Soul and Irish Folk. He went on to join legendry acts The Johnstons and Planxty and his dramatic interpretations of classic traditional ballads such as Arthur McBride and The Lakes of Pontchartrain firmly established him as one of the cornerstones of the new wave of Irish music and song in the 1970s.
At the end of the 1970s, Paul moved onto writing his own songs and has since forged a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest, releasing many popular and critically acclaimed records. Songs such as The Island, Crazy Dreams, Nothing But The Same Old Story, Nobody Knows, Follow On, The Long Goodbye, The World Is What You Make It and Paradise Is Here have, over the years, given joy and emotional sustenance to generations of Irish at home and abroad. 
Not long after he released Hard Station, his first album of his own compositions in 1981, his songs started to come to the attention of artists worldwide, with Carlos Santana the first of many interpreting Paul’s songs recording a version of Night Hunting Time. Since then his compositions have been recorded by many international artists including Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Cher, Carole King, Art Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Trisha Yearwood and Phil Collins and, closer to home, Ronan Keating, Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Maura O’Connell, Liam Clancy and Mary Black.
Paul continues to write, produce and perform and in 2015 he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Concert Hall in Dublin from the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. In 2022 Paul brought out his autobiography ‘Crazy Dreams’ to national acclaim.
Paul Brady said of receiving the Legend Award: “It’s a great joy to be told of this award and I’d like to thank those who decided to honour me in this way. Little did I think when, a callow 15 year old, I took gig playing piano in a Donegal hotel for £4 a week plus my keep, that my path would lead me here. That path has taken me through many countries, many musical genres, many lasting friendships and thrilling collaborations and this award is the icing on a very rich cake. I feel so privileged. Northern Ireland has always been for me a very fertile musical environment, having such a wealth of different musical sources and influences, from pop, folk, country, blues and Jazz. All of this richness has touched me from an early age and I immersed myself in it all over the years. I’m gratified that whatever mixture has come out of me has given some pleasure and sustenance to you, my fellow Nordies. Thank you again! “
Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah said: “We are thrilled to be adding Paul Brady to the list of musical Legends at the NI Music Prize. Paul’s story is incredible and inspiring. His talent has influenced many songwriters over the years and it is long over due recognition. We can’t wait to welcome him to the Ulster Hall in November. These nights are always so special.”
The Oh Yeah Legend award is presented annually to an individual or band that has made a significant contribution to the world of music. Previous recipients include names such as Barry Devlin (Horslips), ASH, Snow Patrol and Gary Moore (Posthumous).
A very limited amount of tickets will go on sale on Friday 25th August at 10am from the Ulster Hall and Waterfront website.
Notes to editors....
All info relating to the NI Music Prize can be found at
·      The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of new, emerging and established Northern Irish music. 
·      It is an annual awards night organised by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and takes place during Sound of Belfast Festival every year.
·      The NI Music Prize was set up to support the growth and build the profile of NI Music. It aligns with similar events in other parts in the UK and Ireland (Choice Music Prize, Mercury Prize, Scottish Album of The Year etc).
·      The NI Music Prize includes awards for Album, Single, Live Act, Newcomer and Outstanding Contribution To Music as well as the Oh Yeah Legend Award.
·      The NI Music Prize is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, YouTube Music, Help Musicians, PPL and PRS for Music.
About Oh Yeah 
Oh Yeah Music Centre -  ‘Open Doors To Music’
The award winning Oh Yeah Music Centre is Belfast’s dedicated music hub. Established as a charity in 2007, it is a resource for music makers, fans, audiences, community and the business of music. The ethos is all-inclusive. The central pillar of Oh Yeah is that music is one of the great resources of NI, a catalytic agent that changes lives for the better. 
The mission statement is ‘Open Doors To Music’. It combines the verve and resourcefulness of the music industry with a programme of social value. The building contains affordable rehearsal space, a live venue, a music exhibition, a café/bar space, a recording studio, song-writing rooms, office units and workshop spaces. Paul 

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