New album out 

Newly released — Years and Not Just Days

Paul O'Brien's newest record "Years and Not Just Days" is out now and available on Apple Music, Spotify, and on CD. Recorded and partly written in his new home of Nova Scotia, O'Brien tops off his gifts for storytelling and melody-making with some East Coast salt and spray. Recorded and produced by Canadian legend JP Cormier, "Years and Not Just Days" marks a sort of departure for O'Brien, though his strengths are only amplified by the classic instrumentation and…

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Spring Tour 2018 - Blog #1 

Spring 2018 - Tour Blog #1 - Sunday February 25th 

Louise has just dropped me off at Halifax Airport. We spent last night watching a high school production of Heathers, which our daughter assistant directed at the school where she works. We drove from Bridgetown to Rothesay, New Brunswick (where her school is), which is about a 530 km drive. We took our aging lab, Dooley (he loves Millie) and is always convinced - no matter what - that if it’s a car trip it has to be better than a standard walking trip. 

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Hello Again (Spring Tour 2018) 

Dear Friends, 

Happy New Year; I know it’s late. 

It’s Sunday night, around about 1 degree centigrade. I don’t think I’ve ever enlightened my valued friends on my mailing list about the temperature, but that was my life in BC. Now I am in NS, a ‘“whole different kettle of fish.” There must be a German saying that means the same thing. 

As a lot of you know, my wife Louise and I sold our beloved little blue cottage in Victoria, BC in January 2017, said goodbye to our sons and friends on May 31st and set…

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Spring Tour 2017 - Day 6 

Good news!!!!! I found my tour schedule book and song lyric journal. After contacting the train company I imagine that, perhaps literally, one or maybe even two people searched the country; a nation was mobilized, put aside for a brief moment were concerns of state, matters of security, jokes about Trump, and the question of whether David Hasselhoff will release a new album. 

Now as far as I am concerned it really doesn’t matter that I found the books myself in my guitar case, I truly believe that’s a…

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Spring Tour 2017 - Day 1 

Spring Tour 2017 – Day 1 

As I sit on a crowded IC train headed to Stuttgart, I am feeling reflective as well as sweaty, and stressed, and jet lagged. I should have just stopped at reflective I know. 

The tour began by flying from Victoria to Vancouver, and then from Van to Toronto, and then from Toronto to Munich. Sadly, my suitcase decided not to join me in the cross-country flight, deciding perhaps to hang on in Vancouver and catch an over-priced Canucks game. 

Air travel (I once read in a book, a…

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Lars scored 3,567 goals here (unverified)

Lars scored 3,567 goals here (unverified)

Now serving sumptuous salmonmmmmm!

Now serving sumptuous salmonmmmmm!

Gottfried: the worst of times, the best of times, the wors...

Gottfried: the worst of times, the best of times, the wors...

Heinz was with us in spirit if not in body

Heinz was with us in spirit if not in body

Heinz, where have you beanz?

Heinz, where have you beanz?