Prolific Irish singer/songwriter Paul Brady passed through several major bands before embarking on a long and successful solo career. Starting his performance life as a hotel piano player in Donegal at the age of 16, he moved on to a series of rhythm & blues bands in the mid- to late '60s, including Rootzgroop, Rockhouse, and the Kult. They were followed by a stint with the Johnstons as a guitarist and singer that ended in 1974, and a shorter one with Irish folk group Planxty that saw Brady touring extensively. It was in that band that he met Andy Irvine, and in 1976 the duo released the album Andy Irvine and Paul Brady. Brady's solo debut came in 1978 in the form of the folk album Welcome Here Kind Stranger.
It proved to be his final album for Compass before making his Proper Records debut with 2010's Hooba Dooba. The label also released Dancer in the Fire: A Paul Brady Anthology in 2012 and the live set Vicar St. Sessions, Vol. 1 in 2015. It featured guests such as Raitt, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, and Sinéad O'Connor. Offering nine original songs alongside the traditional tunes "Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender" and "The Cocks Are Crowing," Unfinished Business followed in 2017. ~ Marcy Donelson & Leon Jackson