Paul Grady

Paul Grady

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

A little folk, a little jazz, lyrics cinematic, personal, hopeful, humourous, wistful... (at this point people are begging to get off the elevator:)

Biography

“A Song for Paddy Clarke” is Paul Grady’s third CD and features the title track, a Celtic tribute to Roddy Doyle’s fictional character. Other songs range from the tremolo soaked folk “Bring the Fiddler” to the Lightfoot-ish “Looking for You” to the jazz inflected “When She was Seventeen” to the bluesy “Leaving Syracuse.”

Paul’s songs can also be heard on these other fine recordings:
Emmylou Harris “Anthology” (Another Pot o’ Tea)
John Allan Cameron “Get There by Dawn” (title track) “Lord of the Dance” (I Can’t Tell You)
Anne Murray “A Love Song / Highly Prized Possession” (Another Pot o’ Tea, Uproar)

Paul Grady grew up in a musical family; his father having played horn in a drum and bugle corps while both brothers followed the eldest into guitar and bass. His mother and sister, meanwhile, would say happily: We play the radio! Paul also played trumpet in his high school band in Oshawa, Ontario and developed his love for folk music at area coffeehouses where he met many fine musicians, writers and artists to whom he remains forever grateful.

Discography

“A Song for Paddy Clarke” (2006) Ken Whiteley handles production as well as solo spots on accordion, Hammond organ, mandolin and lap steel and National guitars.

“Little Things” (1998) Paul’s second CD recorded at Grant Avenue Studio in glorious analogue.
Co-Produced by Rusty McCarthy and Bob Doidge this set offers up rollicking zydeco flavours on “Back of the Line” and a jazzy tribute to his heroes Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday on “Crazy Notion”.
Featuring the World Badminton League Orchestra WBLO (Michael Sloski, Carl Rabinowitz, Matt Horner and Rusty McCarthy)

“Almost Memphis” (1997) His first CD dips into the title city’s famed horn section styling on “China Doll” and goes with a 40’s swing sound recalling old time hockey on “Fedora”.