Paddy Saul

Paddy Saul


Paddy Saul's single "The Devil Must" now spinning on WBOS in Boston!


Ireland to Boston: Paddy Saul Releases his Much Anticipated Debut Record One Town Tasted

Paddy Saul blows his audience away. You wouldn’t necessarily expect it from the slight, unassuming Irish transplant. But when he takes stage, hands strumming, feet stomping, and head wiggling, he slowly, steadily fans a spark to a blaze. He closes his eyes, casts them upward, and opens his mouth, delivering a plaintive wail that hushes the room and raises the hairs on the back of your neck. His fans love it, returning week after week to see him perform in pubs, clubs and lately, large music halls where he’s opened shows for more established performers such as Josh Ritter, Mark Geary, Juliet Turner and Rubyhorse.

Hailing from Drumconrath, County Meath, Ireland, Paddy came to Boston in 1995. The experience of a young man leaving Ireland in the mid-90's and coming to the U.S. to make his way is a familiar tale. Yet the skill and passion with which Paddy tells his stories and sings his songs makes him stand out in a town teeming with talented singer-songwriters.

His debut CD One Town Tasted (Nine Mile Records), chronicles his journey, capturing snap shots of a fledgling performer who’s left behind the comforts of home, old friends and lovers, and dead-end jobs for the promise of new adventures. Recorded at famed Zippah Studios by engineers Pete Weiss and Brian Charles, the CD offers a collision of transatlantic styles. Traditional fiddles and banjos spar with electric guitars and big backbeats, creating a beautiful and compelling blend of folk and rock: Old World substance meets New World style.

“These songs are really about my first ten years in Boston,” explains Paddy. “Soon after I arrived my life got pretty crazy, both good and bad. I fell in with some serious musicians and serious partiers. And while I watched a lot of friends become amazing artists I also watched a lot of people fall in and out of trouble. Yes, some fell in for good. ‘The Devil Must’ addresses this pretty directly…the refrain “All my loving gone for good” was about the culmination of this period when everything came to a head, where some close relationships got severed for me.”

Another cut on the CD, ‘You’re Alive’ was written about Paddy’s brother Frankie who was in a serious car wreck back in Ireland. Frankie narrowly survived the accident, but a close friend of his didn’t. The song poured out of Paddy instantly as Frankie lay in the hospital recovering, and to this day, it’s a difficult one for Paddy’s mother to hear. “I guess it really brings all of that back to the front,” he says. “I was just so happy he made it, I couldn’t stop writing. And it’s definitely one of the songs I’m most proud of.”

But above the spot-on production and intense subject matter, it’s Paddy’s voice that carries the record. The sheer force of it would cause any casual listener to stop what they are doing and tune in – the same way his live performances do. Engineer Pete Weiss remarked that it is, “One of the best voices I’ve ever had the pleasure of committing to tape” - high praise from someone who’s worked with luminaries such as Aimee Mann, Vic Chestnutt, and Chris Brokaw.


One Town Tasted full-length CD (April 2007)

Set List

Enough original material for two full sets