"Welcome Here Kind Stranger" Is Released
Welcome Here Kind Stranger is a 1978 album by Paul Brady.
After leaving The Johnstons, Paul Brady toured with Planxty, but never recorded with them. His first solo album, "Welcome Here Kind Stranger" (1978), was his only solo folk album. It was voted "Folk album of the year" by Melody Maker. He then became and a rock singer and achieved chart success (the album "Trick or Treat" reached number 72). Despite the praise given to the album, it is something of a rarity. It was issued once on vinyl and once on cassette. It was not issued on CD (excluding a bad bootleg).
Two of the songs are long ballads - "I am a Youth that's Inclined to ramble" and "The Lakes of Pontchartrain." The latter song had been recorded previously by Planxty on Cold Blow and the Rainy Night, though Brady's version is slightly different. He later recorded it in Irish as "Bruach Loch Pontchartrain" on "Eist Vol.2: Éist Arís, Songs In Their Native Language" (various artists) (2002). The historical context of an Irishman in Louisiana is unclear. It might be set during the Battle of New Orleans.
Paul Joseph Brady (born 19 May 1947, Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter, whose work straddles folk and pop. He was into a wide variety of music from an early age. During his career he has passed through several major bands and on to a successful solo phase.
Brady was born in the small town of Strabane in County Tyrone, on the border with County Donegal. Raised a Catholic, he learnt many traditional Irish songs and by the age of eleven he had begun to play guitar, spending hours of his school holidays learning every tune the Shadows and The Ventures recorded, and was also strongly influenced by Chuck Berry. In 1963, Brady began performing as a hotel piano player in Bundoran, Donegal. He attended University College Dublin in 1965 and performed with a string of RnB groups, covering songs by the likes of Ray Charles and James Brown.