PRESENTED BY PAULINE FREEMAN
Singer/songwriter Billy O'Dwyer Bob, based in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, launched his debut album 'The Time Has Come' to a standing room only audience at the Brú Ború Cultural Centre Theatre in Cashel, Co. Tipperary in 2002. 'Irish Music Magazine's' reviewer John O'Regan stated, " 'The Time Has Come' is a collection of thoughtful well-written songs, which repay extended listening ... O'Dwyer's voice is strong and muscular, well suited to the mix of acoustic folk, country and blues..." All songs are original. Billy's song 'The Bright Side of the Moon' was recorded by Irish artist Louise Morrissey on her album 'One More Time'. Billy's second album, 'I'll See You Tonight in My Dreams' was launched at the Brú Ború in 2004, and 'Irish Music Magazine's' reviewer Nicky Rossiter writes, "The voice is mellow, the arrangements beautifully simple and the lyrics are excellent. Billy is another one of those treasures of the music scene...This CD bears multiple and close listening...In fact it has hardly left the CD player since I got it...a talent to watch out for". 'Country Music People' magazine's reviewer Al Moir writes, "Billy O'Dwyer is from the Emerald Isle and possesses a pronounced Irish brogue that is wholly absorbing. He has written all the material and proves to be a good storyteller...O'Dwyer is a word painter and his uncomplicated yet catchy melodies serve as a solid vehicle for his lyrics." Billy, who has been writing songs for many years, cites his influences as ranging from Irish songwriters such as Percy French, Johnny McEvoy, and Christy Moore to country folk legends such as Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Johnny Cash. Billy's own music is of a country folk style with a traditional flavour. Having supported many established singer/songwriters including Shane MacGowan and the Popes, Mick Hanley, Donovan, John Spillane and Freddie White, Billy also performed at the opening of the CD Launch of Mickey MacConnell and John B. Keane's album in Listowel, and as an invited artist at the Sean Dunne Literary Festival in Waterford. Billy performed the opening for the Tipperary Excel/Tipperary Midwest Radio First Annual Music Awards.
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