About

JAMES O'BRIEN

Singer/Songwriter

James O'Brien is an English-born, Irish-bred singer/songwriter based in New York City. His original music evokes classic rock, country, folk, indie and some stuff he doesn't know what it is. You can hear it all on his first and second albums, "That Smile," and "A Long Way From Seven Kings," released in April 2020 and June 2021, respectively. Click the link below to get an earful.

Music

James O'Brien's first and second albums, That Smile and A Long Way From Seven Kings, containing all original music, were released in April 2020 and June 2021, respectively. You can listen and download by going to the Music page. You can also find these tracks and miscellaneous other stuff on his YouTube channel and Facebook page and, now and again, on Instagram. Please follow and like and subscribe and do all of that other stuff that makes no difference at all even though everybody thinks it does. If you would like the real CDs, just send James a note at jamesobrienmusicnyc@gmail.com.

Shows

Gigs!

They're back and it's awesome. Everybody - do the right thing and get vaccinated so there is no more lockdown and we can keep playing live.

These days, I'm out there playing with Fat Fast Bobby. The songs are mostly mine, plus a few covers. Angie LeMar sings; Rich Stubits plays drums; Mike Bennett subs in on bass until we can find a full timer; I play guitar and sing. And here's where we're doing it:
 

2022  

Monday, January 24th, 7pm - Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002 (LES) 

Friday, February 11th, 8pm - Brooklyn Music Kitchen, 177 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 

Friday, March 11th, 8pm - Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St., New York, NY 10002 

Friday, April 2nd, 9pm - Brooklyn Music Kitchen, 177 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 

Friday, April 29th, 7pm - The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002 (LES) 

Thursday, May 12th, 9pm - Shrine World Music, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (at 133rd, St, NYC) 

Thursday, May 26th - The Spinning Top, Stockport, UK 

Friday, May 27th - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury, UK 

Saturday, May 28th - The Hive, Rotherham, UK 

Sunday, May 29th - The Den, Harrogate, UK 

Monday, May 30th - The Salty Dog, Northwich, UK 

Wednesday, June 1st - Bannerman's, Edinburgh, Scotland 

Thursday, June 2nd - Biddle Bros, Hackney, London, UK 

Friday, June 3rd - Fiddler's Elbow, Camden, London, UK 

Saturday, June 25th, 7pm - The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002 (LES)

 

2021 

Thursday, July 8th, 8pm - Shrine World Music, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (at 133rd, St, NYC) 

Friday, August 27th, 8pm - Connolly's Klub 45, 121 West 45 Street (between 6th Ave. & Broadway) 

Saturday, September 4th (solo gig) - Biddle Bros., 88 Lower Clapton Road, London E8 - ME SOLO 

Friday, September 10th, 8pm  - Silvana, 300 W. 116th Street, NYC (SW corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd and 8th Ave) 

Saturday, October 16th, 7pm - The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002 (LES) 

Saturday, November 6th, 7pm - Brooklyn Music Kitchen, 177 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 

Friday, December 3rd (solo gig) - Biddle Bros., 88 Lower Clapton Road, London E8 - ME SOLO 

Thursday, December 9th - No Partners, 29-11 21st Ave Astoria, NY 11105 (ACOUSTIC GIG, JAMES & ANGIE)

Saturday, December 11th, 7pm - The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002 (LES) 

 

Watch this space for more. Gigs are back, and we're not about to stop!

 

News & Stuff

This is where is where you're going to find out about stuff. Possibly - in fact, most likely - it will be stuff that you won't need to know. It won't teach you CPR or how to fix your car or how to get your dream job. But it will tell you about James O'Brien's music, which is something that maybe - hopefully - you would like to know. Need and like are very different. This stuff is definitely like; which I hope you will. James O'Brien's various ramblings will be documented below. Click it. Click it good.