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Interview with Brendan Nolan

2017-01-15

Brendan Nolan is a true Dubliner. He grew up in Ireland at a time when there was a resurgence of interest in Irish music and when the singer-songwriter boom had taken off in North America. Both of these genres would ultimately influence his own music.

After starting out in the vibrant Dublin Ballad scene, he moved to Canada in 1979. He made his mark in Montreal where he was the "House Performer" for a 14 year run at the Old Dublin Pub. It was voted most popular pub in the city by the Montreal Mirror. While in Canada he headlined concerts at acoustic venues and performed at festivals that included the Winnipeg, London Home County, Miramichi, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Fest. Quebec holds a special place in his heart as demonstrated through some of his songs.

Brendan's song-writing skills denote a deep sensitivity. He has a gift for story telling. One of his songs, "North of the Rio Grande" was published in a school textbook in Norway. Another, "Far from their Home", is in the National Archives of Ireland and Ntl. Library of Canada. It tells a harrowing story about Grosse Isle, an island burial ground in the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City for victims of the Irish Famine. The song was published in Sing Out! magazine.

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