Vincent O'Brien

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Vincent O'Brien

Vincent O'Brien Plays Classic Blues, Country & Folk Rock

With a blend of genres and expert skills in guitar and vocals, Vincent is guaranteed to provide a high-quality performance!
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..... What to expect

You can expect a high quality performance whether you are looking for low key acoustic music for cafes and bars where the music is primarily for background. or more upbeat and engaged shows for parties, bars and other events.

My shows provide a rich mixture of originals and covers of songs played on acoustic guitar, harmonica, dobro and weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap steel). You can expect to hear songs from American Folk and Country Rock (Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty) as well as classic blues (Howling Wolf, Canned Heat, Robert Johnson) alongside artists such as Nina Simone, Bob Marley, Ry Cooder, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix.

Set up and take down times
For small venues or venues with a house PA set up will normally take up to 30 Minutes. If I need to set up a full PA set up up times normally take around 45 minutes.

Space and Power
I normally require access to at least two power sources for solo shows.

For solo shows I normally bring 3 or 4 Guitars for a full 2-3 hour performance. usually this means a performance space of about 2m square.

For larger venues requiring a full PA system I will normally require 3m x 2m

6 Reviews
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Sam Williams

March 11, 2023

Cannot rate Vincent highly enough. So talented, versatile, professional, courteous and nothing was too much trouble. He went above and beyond to make this a very special evening. He even learnt a song for me in a very short period of time which went down a storm. Would not hesitate to recommend Vincent to anyone who appreciates "real" musicians. Thank you so much Vincent for making the night a very special memorable one.

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Tom Barton

Feb. 26, 2020

We enjoyed Vincent's performance, some of the songs were less well known unless you are fond of the genre of music. However, he went down well with our group.

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David Mitchell

Aug. 6, 2018

Having live music at our wedding was important to us, yet we were nervous as trying to find something to suit everyone’s varied tastes can be difficult. Vincent blew everyone away, both his sets were superb, and he was so lovely, polite and an absolute professional. Many of our multi-generational guests commented on how much they had enjoyed Vincent’s performances. We will certainly use Vincent again for future events, Thanks so much, David and Jackie x

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yvette howard

Aug. 6, 2017

Very professional and pleasant. Great musician.


Matt Hibbert

July 12, 2018

Vincent has played several gigs for the Papillon Promotions team over the last 2/ 3 years at various venues across Manchester: often as a solo artist and occasionally with a full backing band. He has always been very easy to deal with in the run up to an event and has kept to all arrangements. As a multi-instrumentalist and scholar of various musical genres, Vincent has the capacity and luxury of being able to deliver a unique and different styled performance according to the wont and whim of any given audience and venue. Vincent's shows are characterised by a willingness to entertain and to engage an audience. He is equally comfortable belting out 'The Blues' to a toe tapping packed house, as he is in presenting his more poetical, story-telling type songs to a quieter environment. Its never the same performance and never the same set-list, which ensures every show always holds a certain level of intrigue to the listener. Incorporating elements of Blues, Jazz, Rock,Traditional, and Modern Folk into his repertoire of original music, as well as being able to breathe new life into better known cover versions, always makes for a great live experience, whether you are seeing him for the first time or the tenth.


Liesel Pauwels

June 29, 2018

"(T Stationek, Duffel, Belgium) Het was een geweldig optreden!!!!een ongelooflijke stem prachtig gitaarspel een variatie van prachtige emotionele zelfgeschreven nummers en mega goed gebrachte covers van o.a BOB Dylan neil young enz.
Er werd bij ons gezegd dat deze artiest op GROTE podium zou moeten staan
We raden iedereen aan deze artiest te boeken"



  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    Normally one break of 10-15 minutes

Set List/Services

....Original Songs

Contemplating Suicide
Family Friends
Fragile Heart
I Don't Belong
I Will Always Remember
If I Was Alone
Jesus the Devil and Me
Keep the Cameras Rolling
Promised Land
Sing Me A Song (for a better world)
Speaking Out
The Last Time I Saw Her
The Man From The Moon
The Parent and The Child
The Patriot Game


Me and The Devil
Come On In My Kitchen
Walking Blues
Terraplane Blues
Me and The Devil
Strange Fruit
Black Magic Woman
Am I Wrong?
On The Road Again
Police Dog Blues
Diddy Wa Diddy
Going to Brownsville
Going Up The Country
She's Tuff
Going up the Country
Bright Lights Big City
I’m So Glad
Hellhound on My Trail
Serves You Right To Suffer
Cross Road Blues

Rock and Pop

Barstool Blues
Beware of Darkness
Crazy ‘bout An Automobile
Crippled Inside
I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea
I Don’t Want To Talk About It
Isn’t It A Pity
It’s Friday I’m In Love
Like a Hurricane
Oh Well
Reason to Believe
Redemption Song
Revolution Blues
Star of Bethlehem
Tell Me Why
The Apartment Song
The Needle and The Damage Done
The Weight
The Wind Cries Mary
Voodoo Chile
Vampire Blues
Yer So Bad

Americana and Folk

Billy The Kid
Bird on The Wire
Boomers Story
Country Roads
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Forever Young
Goodnight Irene
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
How can You Keep On Moving?
The Home of The Blues
I Still Miss Someone
I Shall Be Released
I Want You
It Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Just Like A Woman
Mr Tambourine Man
Scarlet Town
So Long Marianne
The Story of Isaac
To Sing For You
Universal Soldier
Vigilante Man