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What You Know

by Patsy O'Brien

Award-winning contemporary songwriter Patsy O'Brien crosses over Folk, Irish, Jazz, Country and Rock with punchy acoustic guitar and fine, fine singing.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What You Know
3:28 $0.99
2. Seagull
4:13 $0.99
3. Avenues and Streets
4:46 $0.99
4. Star of the County Down
3:49 $0.99
5. The Road Home
3:52 $0.99
6. The Mountain Road
4:55 $0.99
7. 'Til the Morning
4:08 $0.99
8. So My Heart
4:42 $0.99
9. The Traveler
3:31 $0.99
10. Riversong
3:23 $0.99
11. Dance into Dawn
3:35 $0.99
12. Whiskey, Wine and Beer
4:12 $0.99
13. Kiss Another One
4:57 $0.99
14. Mainland
3:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
An album of self-penned material that reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, as well as showing off his critically acclaimed songwriting skills.
Patsy has supplied the driving guitar rhythms on Irish/World Music diva Eileen Ivers' last European tour, and treaded the boards with Piping legend Paddy Keenan, who also sprinkles some of his own magic onto a few tracks on Patsy's album.

Patsy's interest in contemporary songwriting as well as his Jazz influences are also apparent, and "WHAT YOU KNOW" his second solo Cd, is a 14 song testament to his abilities as songwriter, guitar player, singer and interpreter, the latter being most evident in a blistering jazz/blues version of
"Star of The County Down" with Paddy Keenan on low whistle, an arrangement of the old Irish ballad that inspired Irish music critic Paul Dromey to declare Patsy "Ireland's best - kept musical secret."

All three of Patsy's solo CDs funded "The Peru Project":

From May 17 to May 31 2007, Patsy was in Ate ("at-aya"), a slum on the outskirts of Lima, Peru.
He was one of a dozen volunteers who were involved in, among other things, building a communtiy center in the heart of the slum for the impoverished families. Each volunteer raised $1700 (EUR 1300) to pay for :
bricks and mortar
a social worker for a year
basic vaccinations.

100% of the proceeds from Patsy's Cd sales, including the brand new Cd, "The Magician's Daughter", went towards raising that target amount.

Also, 100% of all digital downloads went towards funding the project.

Although that particular project has passed, 25% of anything you spend on Patsy O'Brien's catalog of work will go towards a new soup kitchen which will supply 180 children with one square meal a day.

If you prefer, you can drop him a line with your snail mail address to receive details about making a donation.

To find out more about how the Peru Project progressed, visit :

Here's what the papers say about Patsy's songs:

Patsy O'Brien's songs are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always delivered with a strong sense of style and energy. (FREETIME NY)

I can imagine a wonderful evening of stories, songs and good humour with plenty of time to admire the musicianship. (

"An Irish Robbie Robertson" "Falls in the void between Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson....stomping and ocean breezy - sure footed and fragile." (New Haven Advocate)

"Easily one of the best local releases of last year" (New Haven Register)

Like a good wine, guitarist and singer/songwriter Patsy O'Brien has let his musicianship flourish.... throaty vocals, languid guitar. (Irish Times)

"Ireland's best kept musical secret-CHECK HIM OUT!" (Irish Examiner)



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Poetic lyrics and great melodies from Patsy O'Brien
This CD combines O'Brien's sometimes spectacular guitar playing with great songs. O'Brien's songwriting is even better than on Admission. "Avenues and Streets" is a folk hymn that lyrically captures the poetry in everyday life,observable to those with O'Brien's gift. The beautiful melody and O'Brien's sensitive, slightly uneven voice make this song seem to "roll in on the breeze." On "Seagull" O'Brien demonstrates his instrumental abilities. Some of the songs are accompanied by pipes, and have a more traditional Irish feel to them. About "Whiskey, Wine, and Beer" let me just say great song- an unusual love story. Buy this CD and play it as much as I do. CD's don't wear out like vinyl!

Rajeev Chopra

Relaxed and inviting musicianship..sit back and enjoy.
Just to give you an idea, there's a song about a dream Patsy has where he's kissing babies with the President ("Kiss Another One"). From the first line I thought it was going to be a trite disaster, heavy handed and superficially political. Instead it was a heartfelt and sympathetic song. Soon enough I found myself singing along.
If you get the chance to see him live, ask for "Star of the County Down". The recorded version doesn't do his interpretation justice.

The Irish Times

a fine wine......
Like a good wine left to lie for a few years, guitarist and
singer/songwriter Patsy O'Brien has let his musicianship flourish in the
company of the unlikliest of players, including Eileen Ivers and Paddy
Keenan. His 1999 debut whispered of things to come, and come they have. This
is a body of work scaffolded by a spinal column of O'Brien's own material,
with just one interloper cover lurking within: a startling reinvention of
'The Star Of The County Down', with throaty vocals, languid guitar and Paddy
Keenan's sublime low whistle. O'Brien's soundscape is overwhelmingly democratic, with
Keenan's pipes and flute sharing space with mandolin, fiddle and the curious
presence of Jef Wilson's instruments of choice: wall and pencil.

A fan in Chicago

love child
Listen to "Avenues and Streets" - Patsy is the lovechild of Burt Bacharach and Lloyd Cole.....

DJ Thunder

Like a bee to honey, the songs are so hot, I'm in a puddle on the floor over the heat inside these grooves.
Do yourself a favor, buy this, and melt.
Track 12 is upbeat, and fun, it belong on main stream radio, many could find themselves humming this tune in the shower, grocery store, or car. While Patsy can also silence you, Track 7, would send even the most stubborm sleeper off to sweet dreams.
The entire set is a lovely ebb and flow, no track I'd take away.

Worth well more than 13 bucks. I'd get the CD, and check the performer out live.

5 Stars doesn't come close